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Preethi successfully defends her PhD dissertation!!!

Preethi Thunga successfully defended her PhD dissertation, entitled 'Using zebrafish behavior to study gene-environment interactions after chemical exposures".



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David participates in NAS workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Open Data Practices in Chemical Hazard Assessment

David served on the planning committee and moderated sessions as part of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Workshops to Support EPA's Development of Human Health Assessments: Artificial Intelligence and Open Data Practices in Chemical Hazard Assessment


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Jessie wins 2nd place for her poster at SETAC Nontarget Analysis for Environmental Risk Assessment!

A Novel Approach to Evaluating Disease Risk Through the Incorporation of Machine Learning and Lipidomic Data

Jessie Chappel, Mary King, Rachel DeHoog, Livia S. Eberlin, David Reif, Erin S. Baker



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Convergent evolution of polyploid genomes from across the eukaryotic tree of life (2022) G3

Hao Y, Fleming J, Petterson J, Lyons E, Edger PP, Pires JC, Thorne JL, Conant GC. Convergent evolution of polyploid genomes from across the eukaryotic tree of life. G3 (Bethesda). 2022 Apr 22:jkac094. doi: 10.1093/g3journal/jkac094. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35451464.

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Preethi presents at SOT

Preethi presented a poster at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) annual meeting in San Diego:

"Using zebrafish behavior to reveal gene-environment interactions underlying population susceptibility differences after chemical exposure"

Preethi Thunga, Lisa Truong, Yvonne Rericha, Warren Anderson, …

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Nnamdi Osakwe awarded new grant!

Nnamdi Osakwe was awarded a grant for his proposal “Building Comprehensive Models of Community Integrity and Community Engagement”. The grant was awarded as a new supplement to the NC State Superfund Center, led by Dr. Carolyn Mattingly. It will fund 2 years of Nnamdi's effort toward this award!

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toxpiR package posted on CRAN

An R package for the ToxPi framework has been assembled and posted to CRAN:



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Adrian leads team to the Final Four of the EMGS Bioinformatics Challenge

Preethi part of winning 'Pack Hacks' team

The team of Preethi Thunga, Kuncheng Song, and Caizi Huang won the Pack Hacks competition with this entry that built an interactive dashboard for estimating + comparing student debt:


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Nnamdi Osakwe joins the lab!

Nnamdi C. Osakwe is a Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics at NC State University. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. His research focuses on integrative data analysis to model and predict environmental integrity outcomes within specific loca…

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Preethi Thunga earns full PASS on PhD qualifying exam!

Preethi earned a full PASS on her qualifying exam and is now officially a PhD candidate in Bioinformatics! 

Jonathon Fleming joins the Reif Lab!


Jonathon is pursuing his PhD in the Bioinformatics graduate program.

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New P42 (Superfund Research Program) award: Center for Environmental and Human Health Effects of PFAS

See the full news release "NC State Receives $7.4 Million from NIEHS to Study PFAS Toxicity, Bioaccumulation and Remediation" @ https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/03/niehs-pfas-center/

David Reif and Denis Fourches will lead the Data Management and Analysis Core (DMAC) for the new center. More informat…

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Melody Hancock joins the Reif Lab!

Melody Hancock is a Master of Physiology student at NC State University. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a double major in Spanish, from Mercer University in Macon, GA. Her research focuses on methods for optimizing multivariate profiling methods, such as ToxPi, for…

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Preethi Thunga joins the Reif Lab!


Preethi is pursuing her PhD in the Bioinformatics graduate program.

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Marissa's ASHG submission awarded "Reviewer's Choice"

Marissa Kosnik's submission to the 2018 American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) meeting in San Diego has been selected as a  Reviewers’ Choice Abstract. It means that the abstract scored in the top 10% of poster abstracts as determined by the reviewers’ score.

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Michele Balik-Meisner successfully defends her PhD!

Michele Balik-Meisner successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled "Gene-by-Environment Interactions Associated with Inter-Individual Variation in Response to Chemical Exposure".  

Michele will continue her research as a Bioinformaticist at Sciome


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Integrating Morphological and Behavioral Phenotypes in Developing Zebrafish

Zhang G., Truong L., Tanguay R.L., Reif D.M. (2017) Integrating Morphological and Behavioral Phenotypes in Developing Zebrafish. In: Kalueff A. (eds) The rights and wrongs of zebrafish: Behavioral phenotyping of zebrafish. Springer, Cham.



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Reif presents in Systematic Evaluation of the Application of Zebrafish in Toxicology (SEAZIT) series

David Reif presented as part of the ongoing Systematic Evaluation of the Application of Zebrafish in Toxicology (SEAZIT) webinar series. 

A New Statistical Approach to Characterize Chemical-Elicited Behavioral Effects in High-Throughput Studies Using Zebrafish (2017) PLoS One

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