Dr. Stephen S. Leonard, research biologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Morgantown, is looking for motivated students interested in developing their wet lab, research, presentation and scientific writing skills.
His lab is involved in research on free radicals, reactive oxygen species and their downstream effects. These
include inflammatory signals, cytokine release, and other cellular
damage/toxicity. Most studies examine effects of inhaled particles/vapors on
the lung. At present, the Leonard lab is investigating projects on fracking
sand exposure, welding fume exposure in pregnant women, E-cigarette toxic
effects, cleaning solutions pro-inflammatory effects and development of a
crystal to measure oxygen in cell culture using electron paramagnetic
is a large federal government research facility.
Students will work with a post-doc and technician in the lab as well as Dr.
Leonard. Dr. Leonard has mentored numerous students including graduate
PhD/Master’s students and has hosted summer research students for the past 12
years. Feel free to Google scholar ‘Stephen S. Leonard’ for publications to
show area of research interest.
interested in completing capstone research projects or undergraduate research
for course credit or for professional field experience (e.g., for Honors or
Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Eng., Immunology & Medical
Microbiology majors, etc.) or who would like to take part in one of the WVU
summer research programs should contact Dr. Leonard at SEL5@CDC.GOV
to arrange a