Laura Van Winkle

Position Title
Professor of Respiratory Toxicology/Professor-in-Residence

Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine
John Muir Institute of the Environment: Center for Health and the Environment

508 Center for Health and the Environment Davis, CA 95616

Research Interests

Respiratory Toxicology and Cell Biology

Our laboratory complements the expertise of the Center for Health and the Environment (CHE) with expertise in environmental health and respiratory toxicology. We train undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students in lung pathobiology, toxicology and research.  Recently this includes a focus on the health impacts of pesticides, wood smoke particles and vapors, tobacco smoke carcinogenesis, particulate matter, ozone and enzymatic metabolism in the lung. We contribute to UC Davis specialized research facilities as the supervising laboratory for the Cellular and Molecular Imaging (CAMI) core at CHE. We also host a weekly journal club on air pollution and lung biology that is attended by graduate students from multiple labs and graduate programs. CHE is a center of excellence within UC Davis' John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE). The focus of research at CHE is the effect of environmental agents, including chemicals and radiation, on the health of humans, animals and other organisms. To investigate these issues, researchers at the CHE conduct experiments with animals, organisms, cells, and molecules to measure environmental exposures as well as health outcomes.  CHE also houses specialized exposure facilities for inhalation exposures to air pollutants.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Integrative Pathobiology Graduate Group
  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group
  • Forensic Sciences

Specialties / Focus

  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology
  • Cellular Physiology
  • Developmental Physiology

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