Jennifer T. Wolstenholme, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine. Her research uses a mouse model to investigate the role that environmental exposure to chemicals in plastics plays on social behaviors and the molecular changes in the brain associated with these behavioral phenotypes. A subset of these behaviors can be transmitted to future generations which have never been directly exposed to the environmental chemicals. She suspects epigenetic mechanisms regulate these changes and allow for transmission of these phenotypes to future generations as potential risk factors for development of neurobiological disease. In addition, she plans to utilize individual variations, in response to an environmental challenge, to ask how it is that some individuals are resilient while others are susceptible.
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