Current Students


Jari Willing, PhD

is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Janice Juraska's laboratory in the Department of Psychology. His research focuses on the effects of developmental exposure to endocrine disruptors, such as Bisphenol-A and phthalates, on the development of the prefrontal cortex and cognitive behavior.

Jennifer Hughes, PhD

is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Romana Nowak’s laboratory in the Department of Animal Science.  Her research is on the impact of phthalate exposure on the development and function of the oviduct using the murine model.  The oviduct is the site of fertilization and early development as well as the origin of some types of ovarian cancers.

Christopher Lee, PhD

is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Susan Schantz' lab in the Neuroscience Program. His research focuses on the functional connectivity in the auditory cortex and inferior colliculus following developmental exposure of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Hearing impairment and audiogenic seizures have previously been observed to result from developmental PCB exposure.

Kelsey Dzwilewski

is a predoctoral fellow working with Dr. Susan Schantz in the Neuroscience Program. She is a member of the Illinois Kids Development Study research team. Her research is focused on prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and their effect on cognitive development in infancy and early childhood.

Whitney Edwards

is a predoctoral fellow training in Dr. Lori Raetzman’s laboratory in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. Her research focuses on identifying the effects of early exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) on the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis (HPA).  Specifically, her research examines the effects of postnatal exposure to BPA on corticorticope function and cell number in the developing pituitary gland.

Saniya Rattan

is a predoctoral fellow training in Dr. Jodi Flaws’ laboratory in the Department of Comparative Biosciences. Her research focuses on evaluating the consequences of prenatal exposure to di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in the murine model. Specifically, she is determining how DEHP affects female reproductive outcomes in subsequent generations.

Catheryne Chiang

is a predoctoral fellow training in Dr. Jodi Flaws’ laboratory in the Department of Comparative Biosceinces.  Her research focuses on the effects of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and its primary bioactive metabolite, mono-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) on the neonatal ovary using a mouse model.  Specifically, she is investigating the metabolism of DEHP to MEHP by the ovary and how exposure to these chemicals affects metabolic enzyme expression.