PhD, Duke University, 2010
MS, Toxicology, Iowa State University, 2004
BS, Chemistry, Iowa State University, 2001
I work with the adapted population of mummichogs (an estuarine fish, Fundulus heteroclitus) living in the Atlantic Wood Industries Superfund site on the Elizabeth River, VA. The site is heavily contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from a former creosote operation. My PhD research was primarily focused on determining the molecular mechanisms underlying the Elizabeth River Fundulus population’s adaptation to circumvent the severe toxic effects caused PAHs. Currently, I’m focused on how the adapted fish resist cancer caused by PAHs.