Sep. 13, 2019: Nicotine and the Sexualization of the Brain (Rashmi Joglekar, Ph.D. candidate)

Fall 2019 Seminar Series (Pharm 847-S/ENV 847-S)

Duke University Program in Environmental Health & Toxicology

Friday, September 13, 2019, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall

RASHMI JOGLEKAR, PH.D. CANDIDATERashmi Joglekar, Ph.D. Candidate

Duke University

BIOGRAPHY:  Rashmi Joglekar is a 6th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) currently working in the laboratories of Dr. Joel Meyer and Dr. Susan Murphy.  Before coming to Duke, she received her B.S. in Biotechnology from Indiana University.  Rashmi’s dissertation work is broadly focused on the neurodevelopmental impacts of gestational tobacco smoke exposure.  More specifically, she studies the persistent neuro-epigenetic and behavioral outcomes resulting from developmental tobacco smoke exposure in both rats and humans.


Nictotine and the Sexualization of the Brain

This seminar will focus on the effects of gestational nicotine exposure on the sexual differentiation of the brain in rats, examining endpoints involving brain masculinization, sex behavior, and DNA methylation.  I will also discuss the translational impacts of my findings, shedding light on recent human studies.