Wilson K Rumbeiha

Education & Certifications  

1982 BVM (DVM equivalent) College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
1991 Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences, Toxicology) Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology, Since 1994
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, since1993
Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences, since 2015


VDPAM 426 - Veterinary Toxicology
VDPAM 526 - Veterinary Toxicology
Tox 501 - Graduate Toxicology Course
VDPAM 456 - Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine
Tox 590 - Special Topics
Tox 699 - Research
VDPAM 496U - One Health Uganda
Hon 290H - Independent Study for undergraduates

Research Focus & Interests  

Applied veterinary diagnostic and clinical toxicology research. Including development and validation of new diagnostic toxicology assays; developing novel antidotes and therapeutic interventions; food safety. Current research projects are funded by FDA-LIRN.

The role of the environment in neurotoxicology and neurodegenerative diseases. My current NIH funded translational research project is to develop novel therapeutics to counteract hydrogen sulfides-induced neurodegeneration.  

Toxicology of harmful algal bloom toxins. My current research is funded by the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, The University of Iowa.

Honors & Awards  

SOT Global Senior Scholar Host Award, 2014
Carnegie Diaspora Fellowship Award 2014
SOT International ToxScholar Outreach Award, 2013


Society of Toxicology: Member Career Resource and Development (CRAD) Committee 2014-present
CyHABs Research Consortium (http://www.cyHabs.org): Founder/Leader 2012-Present
American Board of Veterinary Toxicology: Member Examination Committee, 2012-2015
Toxicologists Without Borders, Inc.: Founder and current President 2009-Present
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Pesticide and Fertilizer Advisory Committee 2013-2017
IVMA Public Health Committee 2012-Present
ISU University committee on Diversity 2011-2014
ISU Departmental Leadership Award Review Committee 2013-present
Interdepartmental Toxicology Graduate program Advisory Committee 2012-Present
Welcome Committee, ISU Black Faculty and Staff Association 2014-present
VDPAM Instruction and Curriculum Committee 2013-Present
VDPAM Promotion and Tenure committee 2011-Present
VDPAM Graduate Research Committee 2013-Present

Immediate past Co-chair of AAVLD/USAHA Committee on Environment and Toxicology 2009-2012
Past President, Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology 2006-2007, Councilor 2010-2012
Past President of the American Academy of Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology of the SOT 2004-2006, Councilor 2010-2014


Society of Toxicology 1990-Present
Society for Neuroscience 2008- Present
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians 1996-Present
American Academy of Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology
Toxicologists without Borders, Inc. 2009-Present
African Society for Toxicological Sciences 1999-Present
American Board of Veterinary Toxicology
Iowa Veterinary Medical Association 2011-Present
American Association of Swine Veterinarians 2011-Present
Toastmasters International 2013-Present
American Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2012-Present
ISU Black faculty and Staff Association 2012-Present

Selected Publications  

Shao D, Imerman P, Schrunk D, Ensley S, Rumbeiha WK. Intralaboratory development and validation of a high performance liquid chromatography-fluorescence method for detection and quantitation of aflatoxins M1, B1, B2, G1, and G2 in animal liver tissue. Pending JVDI

Rumbeiha W, Whitley E, Ananthram P, Dong-SUK Kim, Kanthasamy A. Hydrogen sulfide-induced neuropathology and neurological sequelae. Pending. Annals New York Academy of Sciences

Shao D, Tang S, Healy RA, Imerman PM, Schrunk DE, Rumbeiha WK. A novel orellanine containing mushroom Cortinarius armillatus. Pending, Toxicon.

Anantharam, P, Whitley E, Anantharam V, Kanthasamy A, Kanthasamy AG, Ensley S, Imerman P, J Koziel, Rumbeiha WK. Neurotoxicity of inhaled carbonyl sulfide gas in mice. In Proceedings of the Central Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, October 2013

Anantharam PV, E Whitley, V Anantharam, AG Kanthasamy, A Kanthasamy, P Imerman, W. Rumbeiha. Investigations on neurotoxicity of carbonyl sulfide in mice. The Toxicologist, 2014.

Ok-Nam Bae, Kelsey Serfozo, Seung-Hoon Baek, Ki Yong Lee,Anne Dorrance, Wilson Rumbeiha,  Scott D. Fitzgerald, Muhammad U. Farooq, Bharath Naravelta, Archit Bhatt,  Arshad Majid. Safety and efficacy evaluation of carnosine, an endorgenous neuroprotective agent for ischemic stroke. Stroke 44: 205-212, 2013.