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Dr. Laura Van Winkle Appointed to NIH Grant Review


June 14, 2016

Lung cell injury 3 hours after exposure to naphthalene.  Naphthalene is found in vehicle exhaust, wildfire smoke and cigarette smoke.

Lung cell injury 3 hours after exposure to naphthalene. Naphthalene is found in vehicle exhaust, wildfire smoke and cigarette smoke.

Dr. Laura Van Winkle has been appointed to the Systemic Injury by Environmental Exposure Study Section at the National Institutes of Health.  She will serve as a member beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2022. As a member of this study section, Van Winkle will assist in reviewing grants applications involving integrated research on how environmental exposures impact human health.

“I’m both excited and honored to serve in this capacity,” said Van Winkle, who explores a broad range of research in cell biology and toxicology and previously served as an ad-hoc member on this study section. “It is a lot of work, but this appointment comes at the right time in my life and career, and encompasses research that is very close to my heart.”

Van Winkle’s laboratory studies the effects of environmental pollution on the lung. In particular they are interested in how exposure to lung toxicants leads to lung disease and alters normal lung biology. Pollutants under investigation include: ozone, allergens, tobacco smoke, particulate matter, nanoparticles, vehicle exhaust, bisphenol A and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, such as naphthalene. The laboratory complements the expertise of UC Davis’ JMIE Center for Health and the Environment with expertise in environmental health and respiratory toxicology.

In a letter received from the Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, Dr. Richard Nakamura states the following: “Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.  Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities we believe Dr. Van Winkle will bring to this important task.”