Post Doctoral Scholar
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Education: PhD in Toxicology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2017 MS in Toxicology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2015 BS in Biology with honors, Boise State University, 2012 I was first introduced to the world of toxicology as an undergraduate student at Boise State. I tried my hand at research by working in a lab that studied how the environmental contaminant TCDD contributes to liver fibrosis and immune dysfunction. It was during these years that I attended my first Society of Toxicology conference, an experience which solidified my desire to pursue toxicology as a career.
Following my undergraduate studies, I joined the Toxicology Training Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. There, I developed my research interests further and became focused on understanding how the environment influences brain development. As a graduate student, my thesis work investigated the effects of maternal exposure to concentrated air pollution on the developing fetal brain.
As a postdoc in the Lein Lab, my project investigates how maternal exposure to a specific, ubiquitous polychlorinated biphenyl congener (PCB 11) affects brain development. My work will also look at how route of exposure (inhalation vs. ingestion) influences the neurodevelopmental toxicity of PCB 11.
My hobbies include running and rock climbing balanced out with the occasional Netflix binge.
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