April 12, 2016
Haydee Jacobs, a senior majoring in Public Health Sciences, was among the eight students recently named Rising Researchers for spring 2016. The university selects these students each semester through a competitive nomination process to receive the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher award in recognition of their scholarly achievements and their related impact on their chosen fields. Her independent research has examined how embryonic exposure to chemicals found in plastics called phthalates impacts endocrine pancreas development. Her work suggests that early-in-life exposure alters the structure of the pancreas and its ability to regulate glucose homeostasis, which may underlie future susceptibility to diabetes. Jacobs has presented her work at national conferences, winning awards and top honors in her division. Haydee’s faculty advisor is Alicia Timme-Laragy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences.