Professor of Toxicology and Neuroscience, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University
Dr. Tjalkens is Professor of Toxicology and Neuroscience in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1998 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurotoxicology and Experimental Neuropathology at the University of Michigan in 2001. He was an Assistant Professor in at Texas A&M University from 2001 – 2004 before joining the faculty of Colorado State University, where he attained the rank of Professor 2013. Dr. Tjalkens’ research focuses on gene-environment interactions in neurodegenerative diseases, with particular emphasis on Parkinson’s disease. Specific areas of research include the role of metals and pesticides in the molecular pathogenesis of neuroinflammatory brain injury and the role of neuroinflammation in the progression of neurologic disease. The laboratory also focuses on translational medicine and neuropharmacology in identifying nuclear receptor targets in glial cells to mitigate inflammatory injury in brain disease.