The Wise Laboratory of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology

Laboratory Members

Faculty & Staff | Doctoral Students | Master's Students |
Undergraduate Students | K-12 Teachers | High School Students |
Ex Offico | Alumni (goes to a new page)

Principal Investigator

Dr. John Pierce Wise, Sr.John Pierce Wise, Sr. is the Principal Investigator for the Laboratory. His research interests include toxicology of metals and particulates, marine toxicology, and molecular epidemiology. His recreational interests include soccer, basketball, coaching, snorkeling and motivating lab members to produce more data.

 

 

 

 

Faculty & Staff

Greer ChapmanGreer Chapman is a Laboratory Technician in the Laboratory with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Bates College. Her research interests include nanoparticle induced cytotoxicity and genotoxicity, and depleted uranium effects on mitosis. Her hobbies include traveling, being outside, hanging out with animals, and leaving things on top of her car and driving away.

 

 

Chris GianiosChris Gianios is the Information Technology Director for the Laboratory with degrees in computer systems, and information systems from the University of Maryland. He came to our lab after many years at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington D.C. where he enjoyed the hot summers. His research interests include management systems and structures, database design and the interface of bioscience and information technology. His interests include books, technology, music, and keeping Charlene and Diesel happy.

 

Shouping HuangShouping Huang is a Staff Associate with a Master's Degree in Statistics from the University of Southern Maine. His research interests include microarrays and biostatistics. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, and explaining proper laboratory technique to Hong Xie.

 

 

Laura SaveryLaura Savery is an Research Scientist in the Laboratory with a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Southern Maine/University of Maine. Her research interests include discovering the interactions of chromium and arsenic with human lung cells. Her hobbies are hiking, working out, playing the flute, and getting lost while traveling with her husband and cat.

 

 

Rachel SpeerRachel Speer is a Research Associate in the laboratory with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology from The Rochester Institute of Technology. She will be starting a doctoral program in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program this fall. Her research interests include metal toxicology as well as human-marine mammal comparisons. Her hobbies include equestrianism, cooking fancy foods, writing about her travel experiences, attempting more travel experiences, and trying to keep in touch with those she meets on her adventures.

 

Therry TheTherry The is a Research Associate in the laboratory. He has Master’s degree from Ball State University. His current research is working with nickel and human cell. His hobbies are walking his dog, reading cookbooks, and gardening in small containers.

 

 

Sandra WiseSandra Wise  is the Director of Cytogenetics and Genomic Instability in the Laboratory with a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Southern Maine/University of Maine. She also holds a national certification in Cytogenetics. Her research interests include mechanisms of metal-induced chromosomedamage and genomic instability, neurotoxicology, and comparative toxicology of humans and marine animals. Her hobbies are reading, running, and working, working, working and then working some more.

 

Hong XieHong Xie is an Assistant Research Professor in the Laboratory with a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Southern Maine/University of Maine. Her research interests are heavy metal-induced carcinogenesis. hepatoxicity, nephrotoxicity and genotoxicity. Her hobbies are reading (no time) and traveling (no money).

 

 

 

Student Members

Doctoral Students

Cynthia BrowningCynthia Browning is a Ph.D. Student in the Laboratory with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include environmental and marine mammal toxicology. Her hobbies include photography, tricking her plants into blooming and finding excuses to be at sea.

 

 

Carolyne LaCerteCarolyne LaCerte is a Ph.D. student in the Laboratory with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science from the University of Maine and a Master’s Degree in Applied Medical Sciences: Toxicology and Cancer Biology from the University of Southern Maine. Her research interests include environmental toxicology with a focus on hexavalent chromium. Her hobbies include spending most of her time with her dogs, photographing her dogs, exercising with her dogs, eating (not her dogs!) and tricking fellow lab mates to run marathons with her.

 

Julieta MartinoJulieta Martino is a Ph.D. Student in the Laboratory with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina). Her research interests include environmental contaminants and their effects on cetaceans. Her hobbies are swimming, dancing Caribbean music, playing capoeira and shivering in the laboratory.

 

 

Kelsey ThompsonKelsey Thompson is a Ph.D. Student in the Laboratory with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science from the University of New England in Marine Science. Her research interests include looking at differential rates of DNA repair between many species after exposure to damaging agents and the mechanisms behind the change in the rate of repair. Her hobbies include hiking, reading for fun (when she can find the time), and tricking her cat into doing tricks for treats.

 

Master's Students

Sean RaphSean Raph is a Master's student in the Laboratory with Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Maine at Farmington. His research interests include molecular and physiological toxicology. His hobbies include soccer, running, and hiking in extreme holiday conditions.

 

 

Jason StewartJason Stewart is a Master's student in the Laboratory with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Husson University. His research interests include pathology and metal toxicology. His hobbies include reading, playing guitar, listening to heavy metal (irony?) and after a year of marriage still trying to figure out what dressage is.

 

 

Undergraduates

 

Nicole NutterNicole Nutter is an undergraduate student in the Laboratory working on a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. Her research interests include human biology, biomedical sciences, and environmental toxicology. Some of her hobbies include playing softball, traveling, watching movies, and breaking out into spontaneous musical numbers

 

 

Catherine WiseCatherine Wise is an undergraduate student in the Laboratory working on a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. Her research interests are in marine mammals, particularly dolphin biology and toxicology. Her hobbies are soccer, basketball, track and trying to outdo her older brother.

 

 

K-12 Members

K-12 Teachers

Marni BickfordMarni Bickford is a high school science teacher in the Laboratory with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. Her research interests include genetics, toxicology, and impacts of toxicants on chromosomes. Her hobbies are making stained glass windows, playing with her animals, attending soccer games, and explaining to her teenagers that they do not know everything.

 

 

 

 

Ex Offico

James WiseJames Wise is an ex officio member of the laboratory currently working on a Ph.D. degree in Aquatic Toxicology at The University of Southern Mississippi. He has Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. His research interests are in frog biology and conservation, particularly red-eyed tree frogs and poison arrow frogs. He is also interested in the toxicity of chemical dispersants. His hobbies are sailing, computers, PlayStation 3, studying 1960’s-1980’s Rock n’ Roll and trying to keep up with his Puerto Rican Terrier puppy.

 

John Pierce Wise, Jr.John Pierce Wise, Jr. is an ex officio member of the laboratory currently working on a Ph.D. degree in Neurotoxicology at Purdue University. He has Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. His research interests include the toxicology of coral reef cells of the Caribbean and whale and alligator toxicology studies. His hobbies are outdoor activities; playing sports (mostly soccer); reading Rolling Stone, Men's Health, and Scientific American, as well as books recommended by friends and professors; and enjoying life to the fullest (which usually involves falling from trees, cliffs, and out of planes).