Career Development Program

Under the direction of Dr. Paige Tolbert, the Career Development Program serves to recruit new faculty in environmental health sciences into the Center and foster professional development of Center Members. Highlights of the Career Development Program include:

Collaborations

Facilitating new collaborations and entry of established scientists into environmental health research.

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Cross-Training

Promoting cross-training across all levels of faculty in emerging areas of environmental health sciences.

Professional Development Fund Request

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Proposal Feedback

Fostering investigator growth by providing feedback through work-in-progress and grants-in-preparation presentations.

 


Mentoring

Formal mentoring program for junior faculty.

 

New Scientists Recruited through HERCULES

Donghai Liang, PhD
October 11, 2019
Donghai Liang, PhD

Education and Training: PhD, Environmental Health Sciences – Emory University Research Interests: High-resolution metabolomics and exposome research Ambient and traffic-related air pollution...

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Todd Everson, PhD
August 20, 2019
Todd Everson, PhD

Education and Training: PhD, University of South Carolina Post-doc, Emory University Research Interests: How early-life experiences shape underlying biological regulatory programs (the epigenome and...

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Melissa Smarr, PhD
June 10, 2019
Melissa Smarr, PhD

Education and Training: PhD, Environmental Health and Epidemiology, University of Michigan Post-doc, NICHD Research Interests: Environmental influences on reproductive, prenatal, fetal and...

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Noah Scovronick, PhD
June 10, 2018
Noah Scovronick, PhD

Education and Training: PhD, Public Health – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Post-doc – Princeton University Research Interests: Epidemiology of temperature-mortality relationships...

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Matthew Gribble, PhD
June 10, 2015
Matthew Gribble, PhD

Education and Training: Ph.D., Epidemiology – Johns Hopkins Post-doc, Biostatistics – University of Southern California Research Interests: statistical methods for analysis of family studies...

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Qiang Zhang, MD, PhD
June 10, 2015
Qiang Zhang, MD, PhD

Education and Training: Medicine, Physiology (Neuroendocrinology), Computer Sciences, and Computational Systems Biology/Toxicology Research Interests: Modeling biological networks as dynamic systems...

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Examples of past recipients of HERCULES Professional Development Funds.

Machine Learning
April 18, 2016
Machine Learning

HERCULES Investigator: Yang Liu Cross-training in: Machine learning: supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques in bioinformatics and general high-dimensional data research Spatial...

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Career Development Highlights

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Rabin Tirouvanziam, Department of Pediatrics

Year Two pilot recipient, Rabin Tirouvanziam, continues to be an excellent example of how the resources and support from the HERCULES Center has helped promote environmental health sciences research and created opportunities for researchers to expand their focus to include environmental factors. Tirouvanziam’s pilot project “The human airway ecosystem: metabolomics and trace element profiling to track complex exposures in chronic and acute disease” utilized the metabolomics and systems biology cores.

Before receiving his pilot award, Dr. Tirouvanziam had a well-established career in pulmonary research, immunology and metabolism. His most recent work had started to focus on using high-content platforms to interrogate immunometabolic processes. The HERCULES pilot award and access to the facility cores provided an additional seed to facilitate the expansion of his research to include environmental factors, high-resolution metabolomics and systems-based approaches. Beyond his pilot award, he has leveraged the use of career development resources to allow protected time for cross training to continue to enhance his knowledge of metabolomics.

Through his project, he was able to develop a pipeline for metabolomics and trace element profiling of airway fluid and initiate targeted analysis and data modeling efforts for disease-relevant analytes. Now that the pipeline is in place, data from this project has been expanded to include more samples from adults with chronic cystic fibrosis (CF) disease along with a group of infants with CF. Within only two years since his pilot award, he has successfully presented the metabolomics data at two major conferences and utilized the data to obtain a grant from the NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Resource along with an R01 from NHLBI. Additional R01 applications are currently underway along with multiple manuscripts describing the project findings.