Research Projects

Research Projects

Our program is comprised of four research projects: two biomedical projects and two environmental science projects that focus on characterizing the mechanisms of nervous system toxicity and environmental contamination associated with metal exposures. More information about each project is available via the links below:

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Project 1: Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon

Salmon rely on smell to survive. New research shows that exposure to metals like cadmium impair that sense, threatening salmon survival.

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Project 3: Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium and Manganese Neurotoxicity

People respond to contaminant exposures in different ways, depending, in part, on the levels of protective enzymes that they produce.

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Project 2: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cadmium Neurotoxicity

Exposing mice to cadmium to generate blood levels similar to those found in the general human population resulted in cognitive impairment.

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Project 4: Arsenic in Shallow Unstratified and Seasonally Stratified Urban Lakes: Mobility, Bioaccumulation and Ecological Toxicity

Contaminated shallow lakes have more arsenic in their water than contaminated deeper lakes, meaning higher risk for humans.