Laurence D. Fechter

Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA

Laurence D. Fechter has been a Research Scientist at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif, USA, since 2002, and holds a research professorship at the Department of Surgery at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Prior to taking these positions, Dr. Fechter was the Mosier Centennial Professor of toxicology and the Director of the Oklahoma Center for Toxicology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His first academic position was at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, where he attained the rank of the Professor of environmental toxicology. Dr. Fechter obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Rochester in the fields of neurosciences/biopsychology and undertook postdoctoral training in the Medical Pharmacology Institute at the University of Uppsala (Sweden) Biomedical Center and in the Environmental Toxicology Division at Hopkins School of Hygiene. Dr. Fechter's research is focused on understanding mechanisms by which chemical contaminants disrupt the auditory system and potentiate noise-induced hearing loss. This work has entailed studies of carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, acrylonitrile, and organic solvents. A major focus of this research has been on understanding the role of oxidative stress in ototoxicity. Dr. Fechter has also been engaged in studies of manganese neurotoxicity and developmental neurotoxicology.

Biography Updated on 25 January 2009

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