January 25, 2024: Emerging environmental contaminants and their impact on embryonic development

Larissa Williams, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology Department

Bates College



Description: This talk will address the impact of several emerging contaminants (such as bisphenol S and F, triphenyl phosphate, and PFHxS & PFOA) on embryonic development in the zebrafish model. For each contaminant, this talk will address the behavioral, phenotypic, and gene expression patterns resultant from these early embryonic exposures. 

About the speaker: Larissa Williams is an Associate Professor at Bates College (Lewiston, ME). Dr. Williams attended Smith College (MA) and obtained a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Marine Sciences. As an undergraduate, she spent two summers at the Duke Marine Lab under the mentorship of Drs. Dan Rittschof and Pat McClellan-Green and earned the Bookhout Research Scholarship in 2004. Loving North Carolina, she matriculated at NCSU and earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology in 2010. Her dissertation was awarded the NCSU Kenneth R. Keller Award for Excellence in Doctoral Dissertation Research. Her postdoctoral fellowship, funded by a NIH F32, was at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In 2012 she became an Assistant Professor at Bates where she has mentored 62 research students in the lab, resulting in nine peer-reviewed publications on her work involving transcription factor regulation of oxidative stress during zebrafish development. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Williams teaches a first year CURE course on poisons, cellular and molecular biology, and developmental biology. She was chair of the Biology Department from 2021-2023 and currently serves on the HHMI leadership team at Bates. She is highly involved in regional and national Society of Toxicology activities and committees and was awarded the SOT Undergraduate Educator Award in 2021. 

Thursday, January 25, 2024, 12:00-1:15pm Eastern

Field Auditorium, Room 1112, Grainger Hall (9 Circuit Drive, Durham, NC)

This seminar will also be presented live via Panopto. Click HERE for the livestream.

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