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Keil & Lockett Named 2019 Rising Stars

Dr. Alexander Keil, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and Dr. Mathew Ryen Lockett, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, were selected to receive 2019 Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility Rising Star Awards, $10,000 each. Rising Star Awards are an annual mentorship and training opportunity offered by the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. The goal of these awards is to provide financial support and mentoring to junior investigators at UNC to strengthen the environmental sciences pipeline.  It is hoped that this initiative will help recruit and train the next generation of environmental health scientists.

Alex Keil, PhD

Alex Keil, PhD

Dr. Keil’s research examines the impact of well water metals on birth defects. His research goals include providing a rational background for policies on occupational and environmental exposures that take into account exposure across a lifetime and the complex interactions between exposures. Dr. Keil plans to use this opportunity to collaborate with other Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility researchers and improve existing methods of exposure detection estimating effects of low-level exposures that may evade detection.

Matthew Lockett, PhD

Matthew Lockett, PhD

Dr. Lockett has expertise in 3D culture model development, analytical sensors, and biochemical and cellular assay development. His research focus includes the evaluation of environmental toxins (in particular potential endocrine disruptors, PFAS molecules, and metalloestrogens) on promoting tumor formation and progression in estrogen sensitive and insensitive breast cancers. Dr. Lockett plans to use this opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers across campus to translate the 3D cultures he is developing for public and environmental health screening applications.

For more information about this program, please visit:

https://sph.unc.edu/cehs/cehs-rising-star-initiative/