Gradstudents:

Page Spiess
B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry from Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida in 2004.  As an undergraduate she spent two years doing research on the harmful marine toxin, brevetoxin, in marine mammals.  While working with John Ramsdell at NOAA/NOS:CCEHBR in Charleston, South Carolina, Page was able to determineto which lipoprotein brevetoxin binds in mammailian blood.  Page entered the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate program in the fall of 2004.  Her research is focused on the development and application of quantitative methods for examining protein sulfhydryl oxidation status in airway epithelium in response to exposure to lung toxicants.  Her methods are based on multiplexed fluorescence analysis and mass spectrometry.


David Krawiec
David graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego in 2003. He followed up with three years at Neurocrine Biosciences in San Diego before giving up a comfortable and well-paying job to become a graduate student in Pharmacology and Toxicology. David's current research involves the effects of glutathione depletion on naphthalene toxicity, and the effects of enzymatic knockout (microsomal epoxide hydrolase and glutathione S-transferase pi) on naphthalene toxicity.

When not chained to a lab bench, you can find David involved in a variety of activities including (but not limited to) ultimate frisbee, innertube water polo, bike riding, video games, and aspirations for world domination.


Nathalie Pham
BS in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles 2006. She entered the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group in 2006. The current focus of her research is quantification of 1-nitronaphthalene and naphthalene conjugates in mouse enzymatic knockouts of glutathione-S-transferase pi. Her Ph.D research also includes identification of urinary peptide metabolites of naphthalene for application as biomarkers of toxicity. The metabolic profile studies will utilize the approaches of two-dimensional electrophoresis and mass spectrometric methods to look at these urinary biomarkers.