Christoph Vogel

2008 Award for Excellence in Research

An internationally-renowned scientist in Environmental Toxicology, Christoph Vogel has conducted ground-breaking research on the impacts of environmental pollutants on the development of cardiovascular diseases and lymphoma. His research on dioxin and foam cell formation has advanced the understanding of pathological mechanisms involved in cardiovascular diseases, while his research on how exposure to airborne particulate matter induces inflammatory response markers in macrophages has provided a foundation for understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in health effects and for advancing the ability to evaluate air pollutants as health risk factors.

Currently an Assistant Research Scientist in Environmental Toxicology, Vogel earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences, M.S. in Molecular Biology, and Ph.D. in Toxicology from Heinrich-Heine University in Duesseldorf, Germany, and his certification as a Toxicologist from the German Board of Pharmacology and Toxicology. After working for four years as a research scientist at the Institute of Environmental Research at Heinrich-Heine University, Vogel came to UC Davis in 2000 as a Scholar for “New Faculty” sponsored by the German Research Foundation and worked as a Staff Research Assistant before assuming his current role as a faculty member with Principal Investgator status.

Throughout his career he has investigated the differential gene expression caused by environmental xenobiotics such as dioxin and air-borne particles. In the last six years, he has used both in vivo models and in vitro systems to research the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular toxicity and adipocyte differentiation; he has detected gene expression profiles and biomarkers responsible for development of diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, atherosclerosis, and diabetes.

Vogel has published more than thirty peer-reviewed articles in major journals such as Carcinogenesis, Environmental Health Perspectives, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Toxicology. He has served as a reviewer for several journals, including the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, Life Sciences, and the Journal of Molecular Biology, and has reviewed proposals for grant programs, including the American Cancer Society and the California Environmental Protection Agency.

He has presented his research findings at prestigious international conferences such as the annual meetings of the Society of Toxicology. Recognition of his significant contributions is also reflected in the increasing citations (more than 200) in high-ranking journals.

Congratulations, Chris!

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