Laura N. Vandenberg

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director
171A Goessmann


B.S., Cornell University, 2003; Ph.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, 2007; Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Associate, The Forsyth Institute Center for Regenerative & Developmental Biology and Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, 2007-2008; Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University, Department of Biology and Center for Regenerative & Developmental Biology, 2008-2013

Area(s) of Specialization: 

endocrine disruptors, hazard assessment, developmental biology, endocrinology

Research Description: 

My research explores how early life exposures to chemicals and chemical mixtures can predispose individuals to diseases that manifest later in life. Classical toxicology often focuses on how fetal chemical exposures can produce birth defects, an important part of chemical safety. My work instead addresses how low doses of chemicals during critical windows of development can alter gene expression, cell differentiation, and tissue organization in subtle ways that can lead to adult diseases such as cancer, obesity, and infertility. I am specifically interested in the class of chemicals termed ‘endocrine disruptors’ and have worked extensively with chemicals used as plasticizers and flame retardants. My work also focuses on how traditional toxicology assays have failed to identify a number of ubiquitous endocrine disruptors, and how current risk assessment practices can be improved in the study and regulation of this class of chemicals.

Key Publications: 

Vandenberg LN, Ågerstrand M, Beronius A, Beausoliel C, Bergman Å, Bero LA, Bornehag CG, Boyer CS, Cooper GS, Cotgreave I, Gee D, Grandjean P, Guyton KZ, Hass U, Heindel JJ, Jobling S, Kidd KA, Kortenkamp A, Macleod MR, Martin OV, Norinder U, Scheringer M, Thayer KA, Toppari J, Whaley P, Woodruff TJ, Rudén C. A proposed framework for the systematic review and assessment (SYRINA) of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Environmental Health. 15(1): 74.

Beronius A, Vandenberg LN. 2015. Using systematic reviews for hazard and risk assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders. 16(4): 273-87.

Suvorov A, Vandenberg LN. To cull or not to cull? Considerations for studies of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Endocrinology. 157(7): 2586-94.

Zoeller RT, Vandenberg LN. 2015. Assessing dose response relationships for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs): a focus on non-monotonicity. Environmental Health. 14(1):42.

Catanese MC, Suvorov A, Vandenberg LN. 2015. Beyond a means of exposure: a new view of the mother in toxicology research. Toxicology Research. 4: 592-612.