Claire Doskey

Claire Doskey

My fascination with toxicology centers on the elusive relationship between environmental contaminants and disease. Many diseases are suspected of having environmental causes; however, many of the causes and their molecular mechanisms are not well understood. Research in the area is key to the prevention of disease and vital to the status of human health. 

My thesis research focused on phytoremediation of the explosive, RDX, using Vetiveria zizanioides, a tropical grass. I am very excited to be in the Human Toxicology program at University of Iowa, where I can further pursue my research interests in studying the effects of environmental contaminants on human health.

Previous education:

BS,Chemistrry in Biochemistry
Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 2009
MSc, Biological Sciences
Michigan Technological University
Thesis title: 

Towards Absolute Quantitation in Cell Culture: Expression of Dose of Xenobiotics and Capacity of Cells to Remove H2O2 with Implications to Pharmacological Ascorbate in Cancer Therapy


van 't Erve TJ, Doskey CM, Wagner BA, Hess JR, Darbro BW, Ryckman KK, Murray JC, Raife TJ, Buettner GR. (2014) The heritability of glutathione and related metabolites in stored red blood cells. Free Radic Biol Med. 76,107-113, PMID: 25108189, PMCID: PMC4252477.


Doskey CM, van 't Erve TJ, Wagner BA, Buettner GR. Moles of a Substance per Cell Is a Highly Informative Dosing Metric in Cell Culture. PLoS One. 10, e0132572 (2015), PMID: 2617283, PMC4501792.

*Xiao W, Sarsour EH, Wagner BA, Doskey CM, Buettner GR, Domann FE, Goswami PC. Succinate dehydrogenase activity regulates PCB3-quinone-induced metabolic oxidative stress and toxicity in HaCaT human keratinocytes. Arch Toxicol. 2014 Nov 23.  PMID:  25417049, PMCID: PMC4441874.

Awards and honors: 

2015 Central States Society of Toxicology Student Poster Award

University of Iowa Graduate College Post Comprehensive Research Award