Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
240E Food Safety & Toxicology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Russell Fling is a fourth-year graduate student majoring in the microbiology and molecular genetics program. He is also part of the environmental and integrative toxicological sciences (EITS) program. Russell’s interests include microbe and host interactions that contribute to healthy and disease states. His thesis project focuses on studying changes in host and microbial metabolic pathways elicited by 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dixoin activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. He is member of Tim Zacharewski’s lab whose overarching aims are to better elucidate the underlying mechanisms involved in nuclear receptor-mediated toxicity in order to better understand human risk.