Faculty & Staff
Swee Teh, Director
Independent research in the fields of developmental biology, nutrition, toxicology and pathology. Special emphasis on adverse effects in the growth, reproduction and embryonic development in invertebrate, fish and shellfish populations caused by environmental endocrine disruptors and contaminants.
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Tomo Kurobe, Adjunct Assistant Professor
My projects include (1) investigating toxicity and sub-lethal adverse effects of environmental contaminants on fishes and other aquatic organisms such as invertebrates and phytoplankton using various endpoints (keywords: Medaka, Delta Smelt, toxicity testing, immunoassays, RT-qPCR, RNA-seq), (2) monitoring spatiotemporal dynamic distribution patterns of harmful cyanobacteria and other phytoplankton in the Northern California and understand environmental drivers facilitating their blooms (cyanobacteria, green algae, diatoms, growth test, shotgun/amplicon metagenomics, qPCR), (3) assessing reproductive performance of native endangered fish species in the Northern California for framing an effective protection and restoration programs (Delta Smelt, reproductive biology, histology, image analysis), (4) identify bacterial and viral agents that are causing mass mortality events in fish culture facilities and establish diagnostic tests for disease control (conventional PCR, qPCR, LAMP assays).
Ching Teh, Haring Hall Facility Manager
Managing copepods (Eurytemora affinis & Pseudodiaptomus forbesi) and Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) fish culture facilities, and histopathological laboratory of the Aquatic Health program. Perform and train students and staff on acute and chronic toxicity testing with copepods and medaka.
Marie Stillway, Safety Officer, Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Evaluate quality assurance in the laboratory to ensure compliance with the California Department of Health Services Accreditation Program, US EPA and SWAMP guidelines. Act as a Health and Safety Officer; ensure laboratory compliance with University and County policies. Assign random quality assurance samples or procedures and track compliance with project-specific Quality Assurance Plans. Arrange for/and provide staff training in laboratory procedures; maintain training records. Generate toxicity testing control charts and design experiments to evaluate outlying data points. Perform internal system and performance audits.
Bruce G Hammock, Postdoctoral Researcher
My research combines observational and experimental data to broaden our understanding of aquatic ecology. I am particularly interested in addressing tractable environmental problems. My previous research focused on the behavioral ecology of stream herbivores (i.e., the timing and causes of mayfly drift) and how it is affected by global change (i.e., climate change, invasive species and the interaction between the two). More recently, I examined how stream community recovery on disturbed substrate is affected by silk deposition of black fly larvae. My current projects include quantifying how osmoregulatory energy costs influence feeding rates in an esturarine copepod and analysis of spatially and temporally explicit delta smelt biomarker data.
Get in touch: brucehammock [at] gmail dot com and check out my research.
Wilson Ramirez Duarte, Postdoctoral Researcher
As a graduate student in the Pharmacology and Toxicology program my research focuses on how acidic and aluminium-rich water can influence the toxicity of certain oil components in freshwater fish using the medaka as a model. In Orinoquia Region in Colombia, where there is a lot of oil exploitations, wastewater from drilling oil wells containing NaCl, vanadium, nickel, arsenic, chromium, lead, mercury, toluene, xylene, phenol, naphthalene among other compounds is discharged on rivers, creeks and land. The land is mildly acidic and has high concentration of Aluminium. My research will contribute to establish safe levels of specific compounds found in wastewater from oil exploitations for aquatic ecosystems in the context of Orinoquia Region in Colombia.
Chelsea Lam, Junior Specialist
Khiet Huynh, Lab Assistant
Franklin Tran, Lab Assistant
Daniel Carr, CABA Lab Assistant
Andrew Pedersen, CABA Lab Assistant