Equipment available for use in the Nanotoxicology laboratory includes:

  • Cytoviva Hyperspectral Microscope CytoViva_Logo
  • DMT pressure myograph system
  • Olympus IX73 inverted microscope
  • BD Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer
  • ABI Step-One Plus Real Time PCR instrument
  • BioTek Synergy HT microplate reader
  • Qsonica cuphorn sonicator with enclosure
  • Nanodrop 2000 spectrophotometer
  • Mettler-Toledo XP6 automated microbalance
  • Cell Culture Facility with 3 laminar flow hoods, incubators, inverted microscope and centrifuges
  • Nexcelom Auto X4 Automated Cell Counter
  • Shandon Cytospin IV
  • Small animal surgical room and monitoring equipment
  • Zeiss dissecting microscope
  • Eppendorf PCR machine
  • Ultrasonic processor
  • GentleMACS tissue dissociator and magnetic cell separation equipment
  • Perkin Elmer NexION 2000 single particle and single cell ICP-MS
  • Lonza Nucleofector 2b Electroporation Device
  • Perkin Elmer Titan MPS Microwave Preparation system for ICP-MS

Dr. Dylan Fudge
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: 303-824-8216
Dr. Fudge is currently working to elucidate mechanisms of non-IgE mast cell activation by environmental particulates. He is examining environmental mechanisms of non-IgE mast cell activation in individuals with chronic idiopathic urticaria. In addition, Dr. Fudge is examining the therapeutic efficacy of a bacteriophage based immunotherapeutic in bladder cancer.


Angela Cruz-Hernandez
Graduate Student
Phone: 303-724-8216
Angela is investigating the role of mast cells in response to sulfur and nitrogen mustard exposure and the relationship of mast cells to symptoms of Gulf War Illness.

Ryan Mendoza
Graduate Student
Phone: 303-724-8216
Ryan is investigating novel non-IgE mediated pathways of mast cell activation following nanoparticle exposure.
Keegan Rogers
Graduate Student
Phone: 303-724-8216
Keegan is working on understanding mechanisms by which amorphous silica nanoparticles from sugarcane ash burning may contribute to chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu). He has developed a novel single particle ICP-MS technique to quantify nanoparticles in kidney biopsy sections and is examining mechanisms of particle uptake and inflammation in kidney cells and animal models.

Dr. Nasser Alsaleh
Assistant Professor, King Saud University, Riyahd, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Jonathan Shannahan
Former Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Instructor
Currently Assistant Professor at Purdue University

Dr. Valerie Minarchick
Research Associate, Rheumatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Wei Bai
Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Pranita Katwa
Former Graduate Student
Currently Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University

Dr. Ramakrishna Podila
Former Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently Assistant Professor, Clemson University

Dr. Sky Wang
Currently a Research Assistant Professor at East Carolina University

Aaron Stevens
Former Undergraduate Researcher
Currently Graduate Student, University of Virginia

Susan Hilderbrand, M.S.
Former Research Associate
Currently Adjunct Instructor, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College

Josh Pitzer, M.S.
Former Research Associate
Currently Research Associate, East Carolina University

Abdullah Aldossari
Former Graduate Student

Monica Sandoval
Former Graduate Student
Currently Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Indushekhar Persaud
Former Graduate Student
Indu is investigating endoplasmic reticulum stress responses to nanoparticles as well as mechanisms of endocytosis and intracellular localization.​​​​​