Alicia Timme-Laragy, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences. Her research looks at oxidative stress, an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants within a body and the impacts it has on embryonic development. Early life exposures to environmental pollutants can alter an embryo's development and lay the foundation for later-life disease. Using zebrafish as a model system, Dr. Timme-Laragy’s research aims to explain cellular and molecular mechanisms of toxicant-induced oxidative stress in embryonic development, and identify later-life consequences of embryonic exposure to oxidative stress.
During her year with CRF, Dr. Timme-Laragy plans to study maternal exposures to PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkylated substances) before conception as a critical window that impacts the growth of the fetus and later-life health.