Editorial Board

Editors

Charles Barton

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
USA

Research Interest:
His professional practice has focused on evaluating potential public and occupational health risks associated with exposure to chemicals in the environment, workplace, pharmaceuticals, and consumer and personal care products. The evaluations have included data analysis, determination of cause-effect relationships, and human health risk assessments.

Profile:
Charles Barton worked for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) as Senior Toxicologist/Toxicology Program Manager. He has experience with a variety of industries, including academia, government, pharmaceutical industry and consumer product industry. He was the State Toxicologist of Iowa for seven years. I have been appointed to six National Academy of Sciences committees, four U.S. Pharmacopeia committees, and one ISO committee. He is an Editor for MOJ Toxicology Journal and served on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Toxicology. In addition, he served on the adjunct faculty for several universities. He is the member of over a dozen professional societies, having served as an officer in several. Furthermore, he has 80 various publications. His professional practice has focused on evaluating potential public and occupational health risks associated with exposure to chemicals in the environment, workplace, pharmaceuticals, and consumer and personal care products. He has provided support for diverse civil and criminal cases associated with vapor intrusion; household, environmental and occupational exposures; product liability; indoor-air quality; pharmacology; toxic tort; and various testing methods. His support has focused on data analysis, determination of cause-effect relationships, and human health risk assessment services. Furthermore, he provided consultations regarding litigation strategies, alleged toxic exposure to asbestos, BTEX, cleaning solutions, DDT, dioxin, formaldehyde, fracking fluid, lead, mold, MTBE, nanomaterials, PCBs, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, silica, TCE and many other allegedly toxic chemicals and environmental agents.
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Marshall S Scicchitano

Optimal Pharm/Tox Consulting, LLC
USA

Research Interest:
Investigative/Mechanistic Toxicology; Discovery/Exploratory Toxicology; Toxicogenomics; Drug Discovery; Drug Development; Biomarkers; Regulatory Toxicology; Molecular Diagnostics

Profile:
Currently, Marshall Scicchitano is the Director of Toxicology at Optimal Pharm/Tox Consulting, LLC and Synergy Research Inc. He has been involved in the field of toxicology for 17 years. He has many years of experience as part of cross-functional clinical/pre-clinical teams, successfully managed and led all of the toxicology activities and effectively collaborated with project team members regarding clinical plans, and regulatory documents. He has experience with toxicology study designs, dose selection, including interpreting toxicology data and generating toxicology study reports. He is also having experience with regulatory authority submissions and interactions. He has very strong molecular biology background with experience developing assays to support a variety of discovery, pre-clinical/clinical projects and development/application of molecular profiling capabilities in the areas of predictive and mechanistic toxicology and biomarker development. He is also having experience in cancer molecular diagnostics and generation/evaluation of diagnostic kits and methods. He is currently a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology. He has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals and delivered many oral presentations. He previously served as co-chair of the FDA Critical Path Institute/Predictive Safety Testing Consortium (PSTC), Vascular Injury Working Group and member of the Testicular Toxicity Working group with the goal to identify biomarkers of pre-clinical drug induced vascular and testicular injury with the vision of clinical translation.
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Otto Andersen

Western Norway Research Institute
Norway

Research Interest:
Industrial Environmental Issues; Transportation; Alternative Energy; Health and Environmental Impact of New Materials/technologies.

Profile:
Otto has a PhD in transportation and industrial ecology from 2003, Masters of Science in analytical biochemistry from 1982. He has worked as a researcher/project manager at Western Norway Research Institute – Stiftinga Vestlandsforsking, Sogndal, Norway since 1994 with main focus on industrial environmental issues, transportation and alternative energy. He has also been a guest professor at Shanghai University, and worked as a Senior Scientist at Dyno Particles quality assurance department, at 3Ms pharmaceutical department in St. Paul Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota and the Institute of Public Health in Oslo. His objective through scientific research is to improve the understanding of the wide range of environmental impacts from technologies and products, in order to improve the quality of life for all. He has authored over 100 research publications, including 15 book chapters, and 1 book. He is on the advisory boards of several journals and reviewer for many scientific journals.
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Maria Rosaria Carratu

University of Bari
Italy

Research Interest:
Pharmacology and Toxicology

Profile:
Maria Rosaria Carratu born in Taranto, Italy, on February 20, 1951. Graduated in Medicine, and postgraduated in Clinical Pharmacology, she is Full Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”. Author of several peer-reviewed articles in the field of cellular and molecular pharmacology and toxicology. She has carried out part of her research activity in France (Laboratoire de Neurobiologie, Ecole Normale Superieure, Universite Paris VII; Laboratoire de Physiologie Cellulaire, Universite Paris XI, Orsay; Laboratoire de Toxicologie et dHygiene Appliquee, Universite Bordeaux II) and in Germany (Physiologisches Institut Universitat Krankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg). The research activity is now focused on the characterization of molecular targets for novel drugs in experimental models of neurodegeneration. She has been member of the Executive Committee of Italian Society of Toxicology (1996-2003) and Temporary Advisor of WHO. Directorship: Department of Pharmacology and Human Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Bari (2008-2011); PhD School in Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Therapy (2001-2014); PhD School in Biomedical Sciences and Technologies (2005-2010); post-graduate School in Medical Pharmacology (2008-2013). Membership: SIF, SITOX, SIN, EUROTOX, IUPHAR, EBRA, BDS. Professional affiliation: Medical Association, National and European Register of Toxicologists. She is serving as reviewer for Journals in the field of neuroscience and toxicology.
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Kameshwar Prasad Singh

University of Rochester
USA

Research Interest:
Stem Cells; Immunotoxicology; Toxicology; Immunology; Microbiology; Pathology; Carcinogenesis

Profile:
Kameshwar Prasad Singh received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Ranchi College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Ranchi, India in 1968-74. He also received specialized Master of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Bacteriology (including Virology, Mycology and Immunology) degree in 1974-76 from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (Ruhelkhand University), Bareilly, India. He began his carrier at the Industrial Toxicology Research Center (CSIR, Govt. of India), Lucknow, India (1977-1992), where became the head of Preventive Toxicology Division and Environmental Microbiology Division. He was selected Raman Research Fellow from CSIR and received postdoctoral training at Department of Surgical Oncology, UCLA Center for Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles in 1989. He subsequently moved to the Institute of Chemical Toxicology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where served as Senior Research Associate and later worked as Research Scientist in Immunology and Microbiology Division, School of Medicine, Wayne State University (1993-2004). He moved to Environmental Medicine Division, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester in 2004 and joined as Faculty. He has published more than 75 papers and two books. Currently, he is member of Editorial Board of several research journals including Stem Cell Biology and Research, and Veterinary World.
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Timur Shah Durrani

University of California San Francisco
USA

Research Interest:
Public Health Surveillance; Syndromic Surveillance; Occupational Toxicology; Environmental Toxicology; Medical Education; Pharmacology; Poison Prevention

Profile:
Timur S Durrani is a Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, where he holds appointments in the Department of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Department of Family Medicine. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Arizona, where he also earned his Master of Public Health. He holds board certifications in Family Medicine Preventive Medicine and Medical Toxicology. He is a graduate of the UCSF Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency and the UCSF Medical Toxicology Fellowship. His academic responsibilities include teaching medical and pharmacy students, as well as graduate medical trainees including Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Occupational and Environmental Medicine residents, and Medical Toxicology Fellows. As a consultant for the Medical Toxicology Service, he provides clinical care for acutely poisoned patients at the San Francisco General Hospital, as well as outpatient Medical Toxicology consultations through the UCSF Occupational and Environmental Medicine Faculty Practice where he treats patients of all ages with heavy metal exposure, including mercury and lead, due to occupational, environmental or accidental exposure. He serves as Medical Toxicology consultant for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, region 9, and the Environmental Protection Agency, region 9 and is the Co-Director of the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, grant funded by the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry and the Environmental Protection Agency. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Medical Toxicology, and has developed four online training modules in Occupational and Environmental Health, including one with the American College of Medical Toxicology. He has publications in basic science and public health disciplines, and has presented abstracts in neurotoxicology. His career combines medicine with public health, allowing him to focus on individual patients while considering their population and environment. He has experience in caring for populations both domestically and internationally, having volunteered in multiple countries and as a Preventive Medicine Officer with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. His academic interests include occupational and environmental toxicology, reproductive toxicology, pediatric toxicology and clinical pharmacology.
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Ravichandran Panchanathan

University of Cincinnati
USA

Research Interest:
Autoimmune Diseases; Cancer; Inflammation and Associated Diseases

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Orisa J Igwe

University of Missouri School of Pharmacy
USA

Research Interest:
Understanding the fundamental mechanisms that underlie signal transduction pathways in chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain states; Oxidant stress -mediated regulation of chronic pain state through Toll-like receptors; Examining the role of phospholipids/Ca2+ pathways in neuronal transmission deficits associated with aging.

Profile:
Orisa J Igwe did his undergraduate training in Pharmacy with a BS degree graduating with Latin honor of Summa cum Laude from the College of Pharmacy, University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is a registered Pharmacist in Louisiana, Ohio and Minnesota, although his licensure is not currently maintained in any of these states. He obtained a MS degree in Toxicology from the Graduate Center for Toxicology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, and earned a Ph. D in Environmental Health with specialization in Inhalation Toxicology & Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He had a year of postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at the Eppley Cancer Research Institute, Omaha and a further training in Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience under Professor Alice A. Larson at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul (1986 -1990). At the University of Missouri School of Pharmacy, he is a member of the graduate and regular doctoral faculty since 1995, and has served as Thesis and Dissertation Director for M.S and Interdisciplinary Ph. D students in the Division. Over the years, NIH, The National Headache Foundation, Missouri Alzheimer Foundation, National Arthritic Foundation and University of Missouri Research Board (UMRB) have funded my research interests. He serves as a reviewer for and on the editorial boards of many scientific journals, and as ad hoc on NIH Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Groups.
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Yalcin Duydu

Ankara University
Turkey

Research Interest:
Testing of genotoxic effects of environmentally and occupationally exposed chemicals; Risk assessment of chemicals

Profile:
Yalcin Duydu received his PhD in 1995 from University of Ankara, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Department of Toxicology with the study titled “Biological Monitoring of Alkyl lead Compounds”. During his postdoc training in the department of toxicology, he investigated the human health effects of lead exposure in occupational settings. He also worked on the DNA repair capacity in patients undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Recently he is working on the reproductive and developmental effects of boron in humans exposed to high level of boron and focused on the human health risk assessment. He has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals including Mutation Research, Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, Archives of Toxicology. He has received a fellowship granted by the “United Nations Drug Control Programme” and has complited a training programme in the “Analysis of Drugs in Biological Specimens” at the “Centre of Behavioural and Forensic Toxicology Instituet of Legal Medicine, Padova, Italy from October 3rd to December 30th 1994. In 2001, he received a sholarship from TUBITAK (NATO-B2) and studied for 4 months on “Determination of oestrogen like activities by the yeast hER-mediated transcription assay” at the Institute of Ecological Chemistry (GSF), Neuherberg, Munich, Germany. In 2005, he received a sholarship from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and studied for 3 months at “Institute of Food Technology and Food Chemistry, Technical University Berlin” on “Effects of Lead Compounds on Oxidative DNA Damage in Cultured Human Cells and Human Lymphocytes”. He is a member of International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX), Association of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX) and Turkish Society of Toxicology (TST). He is an active member of TST and served as a Secretary-General of this society between 2001 – 2005. He is a member of the editorial board of “The Turkish Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences” since 2005. In 2011 he received the certificate of “European Registered Toxicologist (ERT)”. He is currently working as full Professor in the Department of Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy at the Ankara University, Turkey.
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Mohammed Jamal

King Faisal University
Saudi Arabia

Research Interest:
Toxicology; Bioassay and Chemistry of Pesticides; Management of Hazardous Chemicals; Analytical Methods for Determination of Pesticide Residues; IPM; Phytosanitary Regulation Measures.

Profile:
1. Currently Mohammed Jamal is working as Professor of pesticides Science and toxicology at King Fissal University, Saudi Arabia. He was professor of pesticide sciences at Faculty of agriculture, Damascus University and responsible for teaching courses in pesticides from 1991 to 2009. He was Director of Plant Protection Dept. at Ministry of Agriculture and responsible for Pesticides regulation and registration, Phytosanitary measures and management, Pest control all over Syrian territory from 2003 to 2007. He has membership in Royal entomology society – London, Arab Society for Plant Protection. He has work experience in Analytical methods for determination of pesticides residues, Bioassay and toxicity of pesticides, Integrated Pest management. He is member of Chemical safety committee, Technical and scientific committee, Supreme consultative committee of pesticides. He is 5. Member and technical consultant of the committee formed by Ministry of agriculture for Disposal of Obsolete, unwanted and banned pesticides stocks in Syria. He is the Head of agrochemical and public health insecticide working group. He has published numerous scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.
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MOHAMMAD HABIB RAZA

Aligarh Muslim University
India

Research Interest:

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Ann R Schnitz

Independent consultant
USA

Research Interest:
Environmental Toxicology; Risk assessment

Profile:
Ann Schnitz has over twenty-five (25) years of academic and consulting experience in environmental toxicology and has performed human health and ecological risk assessments using both State and Federal guidance; at least ten (10) years of that experience has involved the determination of the toxicological effects of contaminants on organisms in support of injury assessments, ecological risk assessments and community structure/impact evaluations. Although polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are a particular specialty, she has evaluated the risks of exposures to metals, chlorinated solvents, pesticides and PCBs to a variety of exposure populations. Other aspects of Schnitz’ career include project management, regulatory compliance, natural history of reptiles and amphibians and fish, comparative anatomy and physiology, marketing and business development, technical writing and presentations. In 1998, Schnitz completed a Ph.D. in aquatic toxicology at Rutgers University; the research involved the metabolism of benzo(a)pyrene in flatfish and two sedimentary prey organisms. Prior to this, she completed an M.S. at New York University, studying the biodynamics of 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene and benzo(a)pyrene in rainbow trout.
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Associate Editors

Research Interest: Bacteriology; Molecular biology; Enzymology; Tumor immunology; Protein technology; Cellulose synthesis; Cellulose and lignin degradation; Iron transport and metabolism.

Research Interest: Development and validation of bioanalytical methods for the assessment of xenobiotics; Chemical approaches used to study DNA damage