Environmental Health Sciences student Durga Kolla interviewed by the Center for Research on Families

Durga Kolla
Courtesy: Center for Research on Families

December 1, 2017

Environmental Health Sciences graduate student Durga Kolla is on a mission to identify possible risk factors in exposure to synthetic hormones. In an interview appearing on The Center for Research on Families website, she explains her work examining the effects of exposure to environmental chemicals with estrogenic activity in relation to the development of the mammary gland in mice.

For her master’s thesis project, funded in part through a CRF Capstone Thesis Award, Kolla is investigating whether the chemical BPS (Bisphenol S) behaves similarly to BPA (Bisphenol A).

“All populations are exposed to environmental chemicals. BPS is found in water bottles, medical equipment, canned food linings, plastic food containers, dental sealants- everywhere. We are trying to pinpoint when in the developmental process we are most vulnerable,” Kolla says.

Kolla, who works under the supervision of faculty mentor Laura Vandenberg, hopes to determine whether developmental exposure to BPS will alter the response of mice to subsequent hormonal treatment at puberty and as adults. The answers to this question are crucial to understanding how BPS effects humans.

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