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New Faculty Highlight

Welcome Aboard!

The School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Advancement is excited to announce the faculty newcomers Dr. John Pierce Wise Sr. and Dr. Sandra S. Wise. Before joining our team in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology they most recently were at the University of Southern Maine. Dr. John Wise is a leading authority on metal-induced carcinogenesis and has lead cutting edge work on the mechanisms of chromosome instability and its impact on cellular and molecular responses to enrironmental contaminants such as chromium, arsenic, lead, cobalt, and metal nanoparticles, as well as oil and other Environmental Health. This concept recognizes human interconnectedness with the ecosystems they live in. To better understand the impact of major pollutants in the ecosystem he compares effects in both humans and wildlife, such as whales, sea turtles and alligators.


Their lab led a research expedition to study the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico. This study was done on a sailboat equipped with a cell culture laboratory. This was a multi-year study to gather information on the effects of oil and chemical dispersants on marine life primarily large whales as they are the closest relatives to humans in the Gulf environment. All of these trips included their three children. John Pierce Wise, Jr. was on all parts of the voyage; he became one of the world's most experienced whale biospiers obtaining biopsies from over 300 whales. Catherine Wise was the first person ever to culture whale cells at sea. James Wise didn't spend as much time on the boat but was key personnel in handling logistics at the home based lab from tracking down lost sample packages in the wee hours of the morning to pioneering the cell culture methods for treating cells with oil and dispersants. These experiences made a lasting impression on all three children as each one is now following in their parents' footsteps studying as doctoral students in the field of Environmental Toxicology at leading graduate schools.


In the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology Dr. John Wise Sr.'s research will be dedicated to cellular and molecular mechanisms in cancer biology and deploys cell biology, molecular biology, toxicology, molecular epidemiology, and genomics to investigate the health impacts of environmental chemical exposures at the molecular, cellular, tissue, individual, community, and population levels, Dr. Sandra Wise's research will focus on the mechanisms of heavy metal carcinogenesis in collaboration with John Wise Sr. Thank you for joining us in welcoming these prestigious additions to our School of Medicine family.

New Faculty Mentoring Program

We have launched a new faculty mentoring program that allows faculty to tap into the expertise of our "Community of Mentors" which currently consists of over 50 senior faculty members. This flexible system allows protégés to search our mentor database and contact individuals based on their areas of expertise.  Faculty are encouraged to register as protégés or as mentors on our website. We believe that mentoring provides early opportunities for success and promotes advancement and retention by creating connections and comradery within the School of Medicine.