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Alexander Lyubimov, M.D., Ph.D., D.A.B.T., Director of the Toxicology Research Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine , UIC, has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of toxicology and clinical pathology with more than 110 scientific publications and abstracts.  His research experience includes numerous acute, subchronic and chronic studies; reproductive and developmental toxicity studies; pharmacokinetics studies, in vivo and in vitroimmunotoxicity and genotoxicity studies, as well as efficacy and safety studies of new medicines.

Kasim Kabirov, M.D., Ph.D., Study Director, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of general and reproductive toxicology assessment and mutagenicity evaluation.  He has served as a Study Director for many male/female reproductive studies including early embryonic development and prenatal/postnatal studies.  He has experience in validation of analytical and biological methods, including ELISA, test article formulation analysis, Hershberger Assay, receptor binding assay and tissue analysis.  He has presented his research results at more than 30 scientific conferences and has more than 60 scientific publications and abstracts.    See More


Alexander Lyubimov, M.D., Ph.D., D.A.B.T.

Director, Toxicology Reserach Laboratory

These studies have been conducted for both government and industry Sponsors and have included therapeutic agents such as antibiotics, anti-AIDS pharmaceuticals, gene therapies, bacterial agents, live cells, anticancer agents, chemoprevention drugs, imaging agents, chemical antidotes, cosmetics, solvents, pesticides, biomaterials, and environmental pollutants. See More

Kasim Kabirov, M.D., Ph.D.

Study Director, Toxicology Reserach Laboratory

Mattew Lindeblad B.S.

Study Director, Toxicology Reserach Laboratory

Matthew Lindeblad has more than 15 years of toxicology, pharmacology, cellular and molecular biology, and anticancer drug research experience. His toxicology research experience includes acute and subchronic studies in mice, rats, dogs and non-human primates; and developmental toxicity studies in rats and rabbits. He has also directed several studies in safety pharmacology research in dogs.  Additionally, he has several years of experience in veterinary medicine. Mr. Lindeblad has presented several abstracts at various national and  International level conferences.


Mr. Lindeblad has been with the Toxicology Research Laboratory since 1998.  Mr. Lindeblad is a member of the Society of Toxicology.  Mr. Lindeblad is also responsible for the design and validation of the laboratory computer systems.  Mr. Lindeblad received his bachelors of science from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in physiology and chemistry. See More

Julia Kaufman provides administrative support for TRL’s scientific programs. Her responsibilities include monitoring contracts and budgets for the UIC-TRL, and she works closely with the University Business Office and the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Research. She has 21 years experience in project management and 12 years accounting experience.

Julia Kaufmann

Laboratory Administrator, Toxicology Research Laboratory

Aryamitra Banerjee

Study Director, Senior Toxicologist

Toxicology Reserach Laboratory

Senior Toxicologist at the UIC-TRL, serves as a Study Director for general toxicology, PK, analytical chemistry tasks and biomarker assessment. She has over 8 years of experience coordinating and individually handling substantial number of PK/PD, efficacy and IND-enabling toxicological studies along with multiple interdisciplinary drug discovery efforts within a GLP setup for regulatory submission. See More

Monica Reyes, B.S.

Laboratory Supervisor

Toxicology Reserach Laboratory

Laboratory Supervisor, has approximatelyeightyears of GLP experience in pharmacokinetics studies in dogs, rats, and nonhuman primates, acute and subchronic toxicity studies in rodents, dogs, and nonhuman primates, rabbit teratology and range-finding studies, and developmental toxicity studies in rats and rabbits.  Ms. Reyes has experience with the development and validation of a plaque-forming assay for in vitro detection of vaccinia in formulations and biological samples. See More

Teresa M. O’Neill, B.S.

Quality Assurance Officer

Toxicology Reserach Laboratory

Quality Assurance Officer, has over 15 years experience with UIC-TRL, and is currently responsible for the UIC GLP Quality Assurance Unit. She is experienced in both GLP and GCP procedures. Her responsibilities include reviewing study and validation protocols, reviewing Standard Operating Procedures, performing facility inspections, performing in-process critical phase inspections, conducting raw data and report audits, and in-house GLP training.

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Alexander D. Zakharov, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Senior Research Specialist,

Toxicology Research Laboratory

Alecander D. Zakharov is responsible for the analytical chemistry methodology, analytical/bioanalytical methods development and validation, and plasma/tissue drug level analyses.  Dr. Zakharov’s research interests focus on the development of HPLC and LC/MS/MS methods for the determination of drugs and their metabolites in biological specimens, toxicokinetics and pharmacokinetics, protein (enzyme) purification, investigation of enzyme activity and kinetics parameters, especially proteolysis. Dr. Zakharov received a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry (with a specialization in Physical Chemistry) and a Ph.D. degree in Biology (with a specialization in Biochemistry) from the Moldova State University, Republic of Moldova (in 1993 and 2004, respectively).  His positions before and since the Ph.D. have included an engineer (lab manager) in the Department of Ecology at the International Independent University of Moldova and a research scientist in the Protein Chemistry Lab at the Moldova State University.

He was awarded several grants for the continuation of his research at the Institute of Plant Genetics in Gatersleben, Germany. In 2004 he worked in the Department of Pathology and Cancer Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and later, in the Department of Pharmacology. He joined the Toxicology Research Laboratory in 2006. Dr. Zakharov has 15 years of experience in different areas of natural sciences such as protein biochemistry, molecular cell biology, analytical chemistry and drug analysis, which has resulted in the publication of 14 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributions to international conferences, and a number of professional reports for Sponsors.  He is a member of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS).

Amelia M. Bartholomew, M.D.

Transplantation Surgeon

Amelia M. Bartholomew, M.D.,Transplantation Surgeon, is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.  She completed her medical school training at Northwestern University, a general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a transplant fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Her area of research interest is tolerance and bone marrow transplantation in nonhuman primates.  She has extensive experience in renal transplantation in cynomolgus monkeys, the use of immunosuppression in nonhuman primates, and the studies of lethally irradiated rhesus monkeys and baboons

Her experience in nonhuman primate assays includes the determination of T-cell reactivity and cytotoxicity, flow cytometric analysis of chimerism, histocompatibility typing using PCR, and bone marrow culture.  She currently serves as a consultant in studies involving immunosuppression in nonhuman primates, and as a Principal Investigator in rhesus monkey irradiation studies.  She is also a member of the proposed clinical trials team