College of Graduate Studies
Environmental Stress Signaling
Environmental Stress Signaling and Cellular Consequences (ESSCC) result from exposure to environmental xenobiotics, drugs, oxidants, radiation, ischemia/reperfusion, and nutritional imbalances. Despite the diversity of environmental stresses, there is a commonality in the responses of numerous cell types to these insults. Because environmentally and/or xenobiotically mediated diseases and the majority of other diseases incorporate cell injury, death, carcinogenesis, and a diminished capacity for cellular repair and regeneration in their pathology, the need for scientists trained in ESSCC is critical. The objective of the ESSCC Training Program is to train new scientists to address mechanisms of ESSCC and to translate their findings into the development of interventions or novel therapeutics that prevent or diminish cell injury, death and carcinogenesis, and/or promote repair and regeneration. In addition, new scientists entering this area of research will be able to use recently developed genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic technologies to elucidate mechanisms of ESSCC.
Trainees in the ESSCC program come from various backgrounds that encompass chemical, physical, and biomedical sciences and are integrated into the interdepartmental didactic and research ESSCC Training Program. The training afforded by the ESSCC Program will result in new scientists that address the consequences of exposures to environmental xenobiotics. The primary principle uniting the mentors of the ESSCC Training Program is the universal role of environmental stress signaling and cellular consequences in environmentally and xenobiotically mediated diseases and other diverse diseases, and the belief that cells from different organ systems exhibit many common responses to diverse insults and stresses.