About Dr. DeWitt

B.S. – Michigan State University through the Lyman Briggs College. Majors – Biology and Environmental Science.

Ph.D. – Indiana University-Bloomington in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs as well as the Neuroscience Program to complete degrees in Environmental Science and Neural Science with an emphasis on the neurodevelopmental toxicology of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins.

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See the graduate student cheering for toxicology?

Postdoctoral training –  School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Developmental cardiotoxicity in passerine birds exposed to PCBs.

Postdoctoral training – National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory through a cooperative training agreement with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Immunotoxicology of organotins found in PVC piping and immunotoxicity of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a perfluoroalkyl substance used in the manufacture of fluropolymers.

Joined faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Brody School of Medicine in 2008.

The DeWitt Lab uses tools from developmental toxicology, immunotoxicology, and neurotoxicology to describe and explore effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), pharmaceutical and personal care product pollutants (PPCPs), and other emerging aquatic contaminants. Our focus is on how exposure to these agents changes physiological processes, so while we are interested in the toxicants themselves, we also use them to better understand how living organisms function under normal situations and situations of stress induced by contaminant exposure.

If you are hoping to become a graduate student in my lab, I do not accept graduate students into my lab directly. You need acceptance into our department’s doctoral program or to the MS in Biomedical Science program before you can do a rotation in my lab. If you are an undergraduate student at ECU who needs/wants laboratory experience, you may contact me directly.