Micael McCaskill     

Michael L. McCaskill, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2100
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-0246
Fax: (504) 988-1726



Research Interests:

environmental toxicology; xenobiotic-induced metabolic dysregulation of macro-nutrients, health disparities,  nutrition and behavior based public health intervention

Educational Background:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship  University of Nebraska Medical Center Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, Omaha NE
  • PhD, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences ( Toxicology) Florida A&M, Tallahassee, FL
  • MPH, (Industrial Hygiene) University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • BS, (Environmental Science) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Extramural Funding

  • Louisiana Board of Regents R & D, RCS (LEQSF(2014-16)-RD-A-12); Title: Cathelicidin/LL37 Levels in Ethanol Exposed Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells; Role: Principal Investigator
  • NIH/NHLBI (1K01HL121041); Title: Ethanol-induced dysfunction of lung anti-microbial activity via vitamin D modulation; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Nebraska Cancer and Smoking Disease Research Program: DADS Inhibits Cigarette Smoke Potentiated DNA Damage Role: 06/12-06/13
  • NIH-NIAAA (3 R01 AA017993-02S1) Airway Injury Caused by MAA Adducts, 09/09-06/12

Professional Achievements:

  • American Thoracic Society Minority Annual Meeting Presentation Travel Award,  2011
  • Florida Education Fund McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, 8/02-08/08
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, 2006
  • University of South Carolina College of Public Health Graduate Student Award 08/00-05/02    

Selected Publications: 

View Dr. McCaskill's publications at his NCBI profile page.

Personal Statement:

My research interests lie at the convergence of environmental pressures, human behavior, and innate responses. An imbalance in any of these three inputs can lead to negative health outcomes at the cellular and genetic level. I am interested in elucidating how compounds exact their deleterious responses, and how those responses can be attenuated. Utilizing in-vitro, in-vivo, and ex-vivo models, I investigate xenobiotic-induced metabolic disturbances, such as ethanol-mediated vitamin D deficiency and DNA damage.  My broad scientific interests are xenobiotic-induced metabolic dysregulation, DNA damage, health disparities, and diet and behavior based public health intervention. My areas of expertise are vitamin D metabolism, pulmonary antimicrobial peptides, and malondialdehyde-mediated DNA damage of the pulmonary epithelium.


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