Feb 17, 2022: Characterizing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) exposure and effects in North Carolina communities

Headshot of seminar speaker, Sam Hall, wearing a green shirt

Sam Hall, BS

PhD Candidate in Environment

Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program (ITEHP)

Duke University

She / Her / Hers


Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) or “forever chemicals” are widespread environmental contaminants that can be found in dust, consumer products, and drinking water, and in most of our bodies. PFAS chemicals are found in the blood of >95% of the U.S. population and have garnered increasing attention across the nation and especially in North Carolina.  Research in our lab has highlighted that the Haw River and the drinking water of Pittsboro are contaminated with PFAS. This seminar will describe some of our work to understand the exposure and health effects of PFAS in North Carolina communities.

About the Speaker: Sam Hall is a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Duke Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program working in the laboratory of Dr. Heather Stapleton.  Before joining the ITEHP program, Sam received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Duke University in 2015 and was a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) from 2015-2017. Sam’s dissertation work focuses on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) exposure through placenta, dust, and drinking water, with a particular focus on North Carolina communities.

Thursday, February 17, 12:00-1:15 pm Eastern

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

Masks are REQUIRED regardless of vaccination status.

Prefer to attend remotely? Register HERE to receive a Zoom link for our entire Spring 2022 seminar series!

You only need to register ONCE to receive the link for our entire Spring series.