Howard S. Ramsdell
Phone: (970) 491-5698
Fax: (970) 491-7569
Office: 114 Physiology Building
Dr. Ramsdell's research involves the use of biochemical approaches for the study of toxic chemical exposures and effects. Processes responsible for the bioactivation and detoxification of toxic chemicals as well as the biochemical changes caused by toxic chemical exposure are among his interests. A major research area is the use of biochemical end points as biomarkers of exposure and effects of environmental toxicants. Recent and ongoing projects include field and laboratory biomarker studies of wildlife species (mammalian, avian, amphibian) and humans potentially exposed to environmental contaminants. Another area of research active in Dr. Ramsdell's labs is the use of planaria, an invertebrate flatworm, as a model for toxicology studies.
Dr. Ramsdell currently teaches an advanced graduate level toxicology course that covers the role of biotransformation in the fate of xenobiotics and the cellular effects of toxic chemicals and their metabolites. This course provides a basis for understanding biochemical and celluar mechanisms of toxicity. Another course that he teaches is an introductory graduate course that helps new Environmental Health graduate students learn about the broad scope of environmental health sciences. This course has an emphasis on developing an awareness of the societal and political mandates for environmental health protection, describing the role of environmental health scientists.
Mailing AddressEnvironmental & Radiological Health Sciences