FALL SEMINAR SERIES                       

Comparative Biomedical Sciences                  

Room 1212C - School of Veterinary Medicine

Thursday, November 30, 2017

12 Noon


Kent E. Pinkerton, PhD

Director, Center for Health and the Environment

Deputy Director, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

Deputy Director, Environmental Health Science Core Center

University of California, Davis


Host: Dr. Alexandra Noël


"Unique Pathways of Particle Transport: Nose-to-Brain Movement of Nanomaterials"



I have authored more than 200 articles and book chapters on the cardiorespiratory, immune and neurological health effects of gases, particles, fibers and tobacco smoke in both indoor and outdoor environments. My interest in airborne particles began in graduate school while studying the long-term effects of asbestos fibers. This research led to the beginning of my academic career at Duke University. My research interests developed beyond asbestos to encompass studies of how environmental air pollutants, such as ozone, might affect the fate and transport of fibers in the lungs. These studies matured into efforts to examine the effects of mixed pollutants, including particulate matter, on lung injury and repair, with studies extending to early life exposures in children. This research interest led to acquired expertise in children’s health and particle toxicity. These studies provided the basis to publish numerous studies in lung development and the fetal basis of adult-onset respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. My work in engineered nanomaterials (ENM) and possible health and environmental implications first began while using combustion-generated metals in 2004. My current focus on ENM includes carbon nanotubes, titanium nanoparticles and nanobelts, as well as quantum dots and silver nanoparticles and nanowires. I oversee an active research program in environmental pulmonary toxicology with funding from federal, state and private agencies. I have mentored more than 40 graduate students and serve as a graduate faculty member in comparative pathology, immunology, pharmacology and toxicology at UC Davis. In my role as PI/D, I will oversee all experimental inhalation studies with animals, as well as biochemical and histological analysis of lung tissues. I will work closely with Co-PIs, Dr. Van Winkle and Sara Thomasy, in the planning of experimental conditions for the animal studies and the harvesting of tissues.




Thanks to our Guest Speakers for Fall 2017


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thank you, Dr. Min Wu!

Professor of Immunology & Microbiology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of North Dakota


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thank you, Dr. Isabelle Miousse!

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thank you, Dr. Hongju Wu!

Associate Professor
Departments of Medicine and Physiology
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thank you, Dr. Lung-Chi Chen!

Professor of Environmental Medicine
Department of Environmental Medicine
New York University School of Medicine


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thank you, Dr. Enid Neptune!

Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine, John Hopkins University


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thank you, Dr. Jacob Raber!

Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurology and Radiation Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University






Room 2502 - School of Veterinary Medicine

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

12 Noon


  "Nose-to-brain transport of aerosolised quantum dots following acute exposure"


An article from the lab of Dr. Kent Pinkerton, the CBS guest speaker for November 30, 2017

Presented by Rodrigo Viana