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500 Women Scientists Corvallis – May Tap Talk
May 4, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
TAP TALK – Tuesday, May 4th at 7 p.m.
Forever chemicals or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been manufactured into things that we want to be non-stick and stain-resistant, like cookware (Teflon), carpets, food packaging, and more. While their unique chemistry makes them very useful, it also makes them incredibly persistent and long-lasting in the environment. We know that some PFAS can cause harmful health effects, but there are still thousands of PFAS that we need to know more about. That is where zebrafish can help us. Zebrafish are a great model for testing a lot of chemicals in a relatively short amount of time, and they are more similar to humans than you might think!
About our speaker:
Yvonne is a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental & Molecular Toxicology department at Oregon State, where she works in Dr. Robyn Tanguay’s laboratory investigating the toxicity of PFAS using zebrafish. She is originally from Idaho but got her undergraduate degree in biology from St. John’s University in New York, where she also played on their NCAA Division I softball team. Yvonne has worked as a biological fieldwork technician conducting stream surveys to assess fish and amphibian distribution in Idaho and Oregon, as well as a laboratory technician for the Clorox Company in their Cleaning Research & Development division. Her passion for the environment and interest in the intersection between chemistry and biology led her to pursue a graduate degree in toxicology.