Note from Sarah: This is a guest post written by Rachel Schafer ’18. Schafer’s work in the Powell lab focuses on the effects of environmental toxins on the thyroid pathway in African clawed frog development.
This spring break, I was fortunate enough to attend the 2017 Society of Toxicology National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. I went with my professor, Dr. Wade Powell, to present a poster on the interaction of an environmental toxin, TCDD, and the thyroid hormone pathway in Xenopus laevis metamorphic development. Our findings demonstrated a discrepancy between gene expression in our X. laevis cell line and in the exposed tadpoles. I was also privileged enough to win the Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Travel Award, which generously funded my costs at the conference. Continue reading