David Wright completed his Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994. Currently he is working as Professor on the Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University & he is the Director of Laboratories for Innovations in Global Health Technologies, Vanderbilt University, USA
His research employs inorganic chemistry, nanotechnology, and material science to solve real world problems. Students in the Wright group receive broad training in synthesis, physical methods, assay development, and biological systems. Our current interests lie in three areas:
Re-imagining diagnostic tests for low resource environments
Heme homeostasis in the malaria parasite, plasmodium falciparum
Development of bioinspired routes for the synthesis of functional materials and devices
Dr. Kendall is Head of the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory and Professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University. He is founding Director of The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), a joint venture between Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock, Texas. He was also the founding Department Chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech. He received his B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina, M.S. degree from Clemson University, and Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He received a United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) post-doctoral traineeship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Kendall served on USEPA’s FIFRA Science Advisory Panel from June 1995 to December 2002, and was appointed Chairman January 1999 to December 2002. He also served as a member of the Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee, USEPA. He is the previous president of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and serves as Editor – Terrestrial Toxicology of the scientific journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He has received numerous awards, addressed the United Nations Committee on Sustainable Development, and has consulted with many foreign countries on environmental issues. Dr. Kendall was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1991. He is also the recipient of a 2013 Texas Environmental Excellence Award given through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Most recently, he has been invited to be an Editor for the journal Archives of Parasitology. He has published extensively, including over 200 publications and technical articles in wildlife toxicology and parasitology, and his latest book, “Wildlife Toxicology: Emerging Contaminant and Biodiversity Issues”, has been very successful. Since arriving at Texas Tech in 1997, he has received millions of dollars of research support from local, state, and federal sponsors, as well as private industries, and continues to maintain an active and well-funded research program.
Dr. Ronald J. Kendall’s current research through the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory at Texas Tech University is dedicated to wildlife parasitology and toxicology. His research is currently supported by multiple sponsors and involves post-doctoral research associates, Doctoral and Master’s students, wildlife toxicology research associates, and undergraduate research assistants.