People

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Robyn L. Tanguay

Distinguished Professor | Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Director of Superfund Research Program
Director of Environmental Health Sciences Center
Director of Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory

Robyn Leigh Tanguay (Formerly Robert Leonard Tanguay) is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, the Director of the Oregon State University Superfund Research Program, Director of the Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory, and the Director of an Environmental Health Sciences Center. She received her BA in Biology from California State University-San Bernardino, her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California-Riverside and postdoctoral training in Developmental Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves on a number of academic, commercial and federal advisory boards and is on the editorial board for several scientific journals. Over the past several years she has pioneered the use of zebrafish as a toxicology model and recently developed automated high throughput instrumentation to accelerate phenotype discovery in zebrafish. A major focus in on identifying chemicals and mixtures that produce neurotoxicity. Phenotypic anchoring coupled with the inherent molecular and genetic advantages of zebrafish are used to define the mechanisms by which chemicals, drugs and nanoparticles interact with and adversely affect vertebrate development and function.


Lisa Truong

Assistant Professor (Sr. Research)
Deputy Director of Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory

Lisa Truong is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, and the Deputy Director of the Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory at Oregon State University, where her research program goal is to utilize the zebrafish model to build computational models to be less reliant on animal testing and conduct toxicity-testing based on toxicity pathways. She received her Ph.D. in Toxicology at Oregon State in 2012 which focused on identifying the structure-activity relation of nanoparticles in the zebrafish model and was a postdoctoral fellow at US EPA-National Center for Computational Toxicology from 2012-2014. Lisa has been conducting research in the nanotoxicology and high throughput screening using zebrafish for the last 10 years. Dr. Truong is author/co-author of over 40 publications and has mentored over a dozen students.


STAFF SCIENTISTS

Carrie Barton

Zebrafish Facility Manager

Carrie Barton is the Zebrafish Facility Manager at the Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory (SARL), at Oregon State University.  Prior to her appointment at SARL, she was the Zebrafish Room and Nursery Manager at the ZIRC.  Combined, she has over 20 years of experience working specifically with research zebrafish colonies.  Carrie served as president of the Zebrafish Husbandry Association in 2014, and volunteered as an executive board member from 2012-2014.  She also serves as an instructor at zebrafish training workshops world wide in a continued effort to help elevate zebrafish husbandry standards industry wide.

 


Jane La Du

Lab Manager

Since receiving a B.S. in Zoology at OSU in 2003, I have been an FRA and lab manager in the Tanguay lab. In addition to assisting graduate, undergraduate and visiting students in their studies, my main research interests have focused on investigating the role of population genetic variation that results in differential susceptibility to chemical exposure, and characterization of a novel long non-coding RNA activated following TCDD exposure.


Eric Johnson, MS

SARL Facility Manager

 


Michael Simonich, PhD

High Throughput Screening Director

Mike works in all aspects of developmental toxicity testing at the SARL and contributes experience in molecular biology and technical writing.

 


THE SCIENTISTS

Subham Dasgupta, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

I am a postdoctoral fellow within the Tanguay Lab. I got my BS in Human Physiology (2008) and MS in Environmental Science (2010) from the University of Calcutta, India. Following this, I got my PhD (2016) from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, NY, where I was mentored by Dr. Anne McElroy and worked on assessment of genotoxicity, oxidative stress and CYP1A responses of crude and dispersed oil, oil spill dispersants and hypoxia in sheepshead minnows (Cyprinodon variegatus). Following this, I worked as a postdoc in Dr. David Volz’s lab at UC Riverside (2017-2019), where I investigated phenotypic effects and molecular responses of early developmental exposures of organophosphate flame retardants and PFAS during zebrafish embryogenesis. In 2019, I joined Dr. Tanguay’s lab and am currently using zebrafish as a model to- 1) understand the molecular basis of the role of a long non-coding RNA (slincR) on embryonic development,  2) systemically assess phenotypic and molecular responses of 5G-level radiofrequency radiations and 3) understand systems level effects of flame retardants. 


Delia Shelton, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Delia Shelton is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology. She received her BS in Animal Behavior and Spanish at Southwestern University, a teaching certificate from Prairie View A&M University and a dual PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Evolution, Ecology and Behavior from Indiana University. She studies how environmental features influence social behavior in wild and domestic zebrafish.  Shelton uses a combination behavioral assays, social network analyses, physiological manipulations and toxicological exposures to examine how pollutants directly and indirectly disrupt social behavior. She also has a vested interest in developing high-throughput phenotyping assays to screen zebrafish and other models.


Prarthana Shankar

Doctoral Student

I am a third year PHD student in the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Program at OSU. I graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.S. in Biology (emphasis: Molecular Biology) along with a minor in Chemistry. Currently, I am interested in exploring how the downstream targets of aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation, including long non-coding RNAs, are involved in PAH toxicity. Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors, running, traveling and hanging out with animals.


Brian Head

Doctoral Student

I am a 4th year PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Program at OSU. I graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Zoology followed by a M.S. in Animal Sciences. Currently, I am interested in identifying the essential role of Vitamin E in embryo development, especially neurodevelopment and initiation of neural tube defects.


Yvonne Rericha

Pre-Doctoral Student

I am a third year PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. I earned a B.S. in Biology from St. John’s University in New York, along with minors in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. After graduating, I worked as a biological fieldwork technician for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and as a laboratory technician at The Clorox Company before coming to OSU. Currently, I am investigating the toxicity of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) using zebrafish as a model, working to elucidate structure-bioactivity relationships and explore modes of action. Outside of the lab, I enjoy hiking and running with my dogs, playing sports, and baking.

 


Lindsay Wilson

Pre-Doctoral Student

I am a third year PhD student in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. I graduated with a dual-degree B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Doane University (Nebraska) in 2015 and my research background is in ecology and sustainable agriculture. My current research interests focus on investigating molecular mechanisms of toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in zebrafish using transcriptomics, epigenetics, and mutant fish lines.


Christopher M. Sullivan

Masters Student

I have been working in the field of computational science for 18 years and currently has over 30 co-authored scientific publications. My work has focused on Biocomputing and life sciences that change the way we look at and interact with the environment. Over the years I have worked endlessly to remove any computational limits that change the scope of work we can do or introduces a bias to a research question. I am currently the Assistant Director for Biocomputing in the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at Oregon State. In this position at the CGRB I work with 26 departments of research faculty doing research on everything from identification of plankton in our oceans to assembly of genomes and much more. This viewpoint provides a unique opportunity to find and remove limits effecting all research computing 


 

Connor Leong

Masters Student

My research is focused on understanding toxicity of PFAS, and developing Zebrafish behavior assays

 


 
Ryan Lopez

Masters Student

 


EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS

Warren Anderson

Undergraduate Researcher

 


Dante Perone

Post-Bac Researcher

 


Arianna Sanchez

Undergraduate Researcher

I am an undergraduate researcher studying for my B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry. I am interested in pursuing my PhD in Zoology with a focus on Animal Behavior. 


Emily Gallegos

Undergraduate Researcher

I’m a fourth year undergraduate student with a major in animal science and a minor in chemistry. I hope my next stop is veterinary school where I want to focus on large animal medicine, animal welfare, and how it connects to our environment. 


Konoha Tomono-Duval

I’m a research assistant at the Tanguay Lab, looking to build lab experience as I begin studying synthetic biology. In the lab, I conduct basic experiment work like amputations on test fish and program automated data analysis scripts. When I’m not in the lab, I can be found hunting wild mushrooms and playing Starcraft.


Russell Schaaf

Post-Bac Researcher

Since graduating from OSU in 2019 with a B.S. in Microbiology and minor in Chemistry, I’ve been working at the Tanguay Lab assisting with various genotyping, behavioral, and embryo screening projects.


Lilli Tanguay

Special assistant to Dr. Truong

I’m a 2nd year undergraduate student with a major in psychology. I hope to pursue emergency medicine after I graduate. I enjoy caring for my large collection of house plants and hanging out with my dog, Cerberus.


 
Ian Kapinos

Post-Bac Researcher

I am a Post Bac Researcher assisting with the research on adult dietary exposer on zebrafish studying per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (FHxSA and 6:2 FTS). I graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in oceanography with a minor in chemistry.  My research interests are in Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, and Toxicology.  As an undergraduate, I have been involved with two different research projects with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the New Jersey Sea Grant. I intend to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography, become an integral part of a research team, and teach courses at a research university.  Outside of the lab, I enjoy surfing and photography. 


Jay Almond

Screening Technician 

 


John Lam

Undergraduate Researcher 

 

 


Josh White

Screening Technician 

 

 


 

THE ENGINEERS

 

Vance Langer

Mechanical Engineer

 

 


John Parks

Mechanical Engineer