Martin Philbert, Ph.D.

Martin Philbert

Dean, School of Public Health

Professor of Toxicology

1822 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 763-5454; Fax: (734) 763-5455


Professional Summary

Martin Philbert became dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health on January 1, 2011, having previously served as senior associate dean for research at the school since 2004. He arrived at UM in 1995 from Rutgers' Neurotoxicology Laboratories, where he was a research assistant professor. He has maintained a continuously federally funded portfolio of basic research activities throughout his career. Most recently his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Air Force and the National Cancer Institute.

At the national level, he is recognized for his expertise in neurotoxicology and experimental neuropathology. He is the author of numerous research publications in top peer-reviewed journals, and one book.


Ph.D., Neurochemistry/Experimental Neuropathology, London University, 1987
B.Sc. (Hons.), Biology/Chemistry, CCAT, Cambridge, 1984

Research Interests & Projects

Active research activities include experimental neuropathology, nitrocompound-induced encephalopathies, mitochondrial mechanisms in non-neuronal cell death, development of Nano-Optical Chemical Systems for in vivo physiology, and nanostructure-based imaging and treatment of tumors of malignant gliomas.

Magnetically Responsive Optical Nanoprobes (MagRONs) & Systems
Principal Investigator: Kopelman, R., Philbert, M.A.
Sponsor: DOD

Cancer Diagnosis & Therapy with Dynamic Nanoplatforms
Principal Investigator: Kopelman, R., Philbert, M.A.
Sponsor: NCI

Nanoscale Modeling & Sensing on Intracellular Transport
Principal Investigator: Philbert, M.A., Sastry, A.M.
Sponsor: Keck Foundation

Role of Astrocyte Mitochondria in Neurotoxicity
Principal Investigator: Philbert, M.A.
Sponsor: NIH

Selected Publications

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Moser, V.C., Aschner, M., Richardson, R.J., and Philbert, M.A. (2007). Toxic responses of the nervous system In C. Klaassen (Ed.) Casarett and Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons, 7th edition McGraw-Hill, New York.

Gao, D. Xu, H. Philbert, M.A. and Kopelman, R. (2007). Ultrafine hydrogel nanoparticles: synthetic approach and therapeutic application in living cells Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 13, 2224-7.

Miller, T.J., Schneider, R.J., Miller, J.A., Martin, B.P., Al-Ubaidi, M.R., Agarwal, N., Dethloff, L.A., Philbert, M.A. (2006). Photoreceptor cell apoptosis induced by the 2-nitroimidazole radiosensitizer, CI-1010, is mediated by p53-linked activation of caspase-3. NeuroToxicology, 1, 44-59.

Buck, S.M., Xu, H., Brasuel, M., Philbert, M.A. and Kopelman, R. (2004). Nanoscale probes encapsulated by biologically localized embedding (PEBBLEs) for ion sensing and imaging in live cells. Talanta, In Press.

Leyton, B.E., Sastry, A.M., Wang, H., Sullivan, K.A., Feldman, E.L., Komorowski, T.E. and Philbert, M.A. (2004). Changes in sciatic nerve collagen morphology and distribution in BB rat diabetic neuropathy. J Biomechanics

Koo, Y-E.L., Cao, Y., Kopelman, R., Koo, S.M., Brausuel, M. and Philbert, M.A. (2004). Real-time measurements of dissolved oxygen inside live cells by organically modified silicates fluroescent nanosensors. Anal Chem, 76, 2498-2505.

Park, E., Kopelman, R., Brasuel, M. and Philbert, M.A. (2003). Ratiometric optical PEBBLE nanosensors for magnesium ions in viable cells. Anal Chem, 75, 3784-3791.

Professional Affiliations

2008 - Member and Acting Chair, National Research Council Committee for Review of The Federal Strategy to Address Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials
2007 - Present, Member, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine
2007 - Present, Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, Institute of Medicine