Mercury is a well known environmental toxin that threatens contaminated ecosystems. My project will investigate mercury’s effects on the endocrine system through the study of Oxytocin. Oxytocin plays vital roles in breeding and parenting behaviors and thus its proper regulation is vital to the continuation of species.
Hometown: Annandale, VA
Future Plans: I plan to apply to veterinary school and get my DVM. I have not fully decided yet whether I want to treat large or small animals but I have experience with both and am excited for this next chapter in my academic career.
Hobbies: Horseback riding, volunteering at the Heritage Humane Society, tutoring and serving as a Student Director for College Partnership for Kids
Fun Fact: I’ve been riding since I was 7 and love horses. I think I’ve asked for a horse every Christmas since I can remember. I may just have to resign myself to becoming an equine vet!
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