Dr. Bonner is originally from Memphis, TN. He received his BS & MS degrees in biology from Middle Tennessee State University and his PhD in Physiology from Mississippi State University. He did his postdoc training at NIEHS and was a Group Leader at NIEHS until 2004 before joining CIIT as an Associate Investigator. He joined the NCSU in 2007 and is currently a Professor and Director of the Toxicology Graduate Program.
Current Lab Members:
After growing up in Durham, Lexie received her undergraduate degree from NCSU in Zoology. She joined the lab in 2008 and her research focuses on how atomic layer deposition on multi-walled carbon nanotubes effects the inflammatory response of human macrophages.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Mark completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He joined the lab in January 2014 as a Ph.D student. His research focuses on adjuvant effects of nanoparticles on allergic asthma.
Katie grew up in Rockville, Maryland. She got her BS in Biology from Elon University in 2010 and MS degree in Biology from UNC Greensboro. She joined the lab 2014 as a PhD student. Her research explores fibrotic and carcinogenic effects of carbon nanotubes in susceptible transgenic mouse models.
Gina, originally from Baltimore MD, joined the Toxicology Program as a PhD student in 2013 in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Bereman. Her current research projects bridges the Bereman and Bonner labs and aims to use a proteomic approach to better understand in-vitro nanomaterial induced cytotoxicity.
Dorothy was born in Raleigh, NC, grew up in Korea, and received her BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Illiniois, Urbana. She joined the Toxicology Program in the fall of 2016 and the Bonner lab in January of 2017. Her research focuses on innate immune responses of lung epithelial cells and macrophages to carbon nanotubes and inhaled allergens.
Sreeja is an undergraduate student from Apex, NC currently majoring in Biology with a concentration in Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology. She joined the lab in May 2015 and her research currently focuses on an NIH-funded project to determine the potential of carbon nanotubes to cause the neoplastic transformation of pleural mesothelial cells in vitro to predict risk of mesothelioma.
Past Lab Members:
Laura grew up in Chapel Hill and is a senior at NCSU working towards her BS in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a minor in Microbiology. She joined the lab in 2016 and worked on an international NSF-funded project to predict the relative toxicity of different types of carbon nanotubes using in vitro cell culture assays.
Originally from Greenville, NC, Lauren is currently a senior in Biomedical Engineering. She joined the lab in 2015 and worked on determining how specific types of carbon nanotubes cause the release of inflammatory chemokines in mouse epithelial cells and measuring fibrotic lesions produced in the lungs of mice exposed to carbon nanotubes.
Erinn Dandley Needham: Erinn graduated with a Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NCSU under the co-mentorship of Dr. Gregory Parsons and Dr. Bonner. Her interdisciplinary work between engineering and toxicology focused on how atomic layer deposition coatings on carbon nanotubes affected lung inflammation and fibrosis in cultured cells and in mice. Erinn will start her new job at Intel, Inc. in August of 2016.
Kelly Shipkowski: Kelly graduate with her Ph.D. in Toxicology from the Bonner lab in 2015. Her research focuses on the Th2 asthma microenvironment and the innate immune response to multi-walled carbon nanotubes. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Toxicology Program in Research Triangle Park, NC.
Ellen Glista-Baker: Ellen received her Ph.D. from the Bonner Lab in 2013. Her research investigated changes in cell signaling and immunotoxicity of carbon nanotubes and nickel nanoparticles. She is currently a Senior Toxicology Associate at SJ Johnson, Inc. in the Milwuakee, WI area.
Brian Sayers: Brian received his Ph.D. from the Bonner Lab in 2013 with research focused on allergy and asthma caused by nanomaterials with emphasis on the COX-2 enzyme. He is currently Research Toxicologist at Dupont Haskell in the greater Philadelphia Area.
Elizabeth Thompson: Elizabeth was post-doctoral Fellow in the Bonner lab from 2010 until 2014 and studied the role of STAT-1 and p53 cell signaling caused by carbon nanotubes. She is currently a Lecturer at NC State University in Department of Biological Sciences.
Phillip Bost: Phil received his masters degree from the Bonner Lab in 2009 with a research project titled, “Bis(maltolato)oxovanadium(IV) Activation of STAT-1 Signaling in Fibroblasts as a Potential Therapy for Pulmonary Fibrosis”. He is currently a laboratory analyst at Solstas Lab Partners in Greensboro, NC.
Jessica Ryman-Rasmussen: Jessica was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab from 2007-08 studying asthma susceptibility and pleural disease in response to carbon nanotubes. She is currently Director and Principal Regulatory Toxicologist at Atlas Regulatory Toxicology, Inc., which she founded in 2014.
Mark Cesta: Mark received his Ph.D. from NCSU in 2010. His research focused on growth factors involved in the pulmonary fibrogenic response to carbon nanotubes and the contribution of pre-exposure to bacterial endotoxin. He is currently a Staff Scientist at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, NC.