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 & Environmental Affairs (now known as the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs) and 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.
Postdoctoral training – Indiana University to study developmental cardiotoxicity in passerine birds exposed to PCBs. This was funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in support of a Natural Resource Damage Assessment action.
Postdoctoral training – US EPA 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 fluoropolymers.
Joined faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Brody School of Medicine in 2008.
In the lab, we use tools from developmental toxicology, immunotoxicology, and neurotoxicology to describe and explore effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pharmaceutical and personal care product pollutants (PPCPs), and other emerging 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, the MS in Biomedical Science program, or the IDPBBC 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.