Woloschak, Gayle E.

Gayle E. Woloschak, Ph.D., is professor of radiation oncology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences summa cum laude from Youngstown State University in Ohio and her Ph.D. in microbiology from the Medical College of Ohio in 1980. Afterward, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Immunology and Department of Cell Biology. In previous scientific positions she has worked at the Mayo Clinic and Argonne National Laboratory. Gayle Woloschak’s laboratory is pursuing several areas of genetic research. Her projects include understanding the molecular basis of motor neuron disease in a mouse model and in humans. This project involves uncovering genes that cause motor neuron disease in a mouse model and also in humans. Her laboratory has several candidate genes that are being analyzed using a variety of different chip-based and protein-interaction approaches. Another project involves understanding the molecular basis of normal tissue responses to ionizing radiation and radiation-sensitivity syndromes. This project involves identifying differences in molecular responses of normal tissues to the effects of ionizing radiation. The hope is to identify genes that can be used to distinguish people who are more or less likely to have particular late effects following radiation exposure. Her laboratory is an investigator on a related project with Dr. Jeri Logemann to identify people at risk for swallowing problems following head and neck cancer radiotherapy.

Wong, Jeffrey J.

Jeffrey J. Wong, Ph.D., is chief scientist for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) at the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento, California. For more than 20 years, he has managed DTSC’s efforts in environmental measurements, biological and exposure monitoring, toxicology and risk assessment, and pollution prevention approaches and technologies; he is currently leading efforts focused on nanotechnologies, other emerging contaminants, and green chemistry. Prior to his work in the DTSC, Dr. Wong was involved in forensic investigations for the Department of Justice and pesticide toxicity evaluation for the Department of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Wong has served on panels for the National Academies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and DOE. He was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Dr. Wong earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis.

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