Jessica Laine was recently awarded a KC Donnelly Externship from the NIEHS Supefund Research Program. Laine is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina under the direction of Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., and David Richardson, Ph.D. For her externship, Laine will work with Mary Gamble, Ph.D., at the Columbia University SRP Center.
Laine’s research is focused on understanding the biological mechanisms of health effects from exposure to environmental toxicants. Through this externship, she will expand upon her current research on the relationship between prenatal inorganic arsenic (iAs) exposure and birth outcomes to investigate the impact of a nutrients involved in one carbon metabolism and the effects on maternal metabolism of iAs and adverse birth outcomes.
“Working with this highly dynamic group of diverse scientists and students at the Columbia SRP will be a unique experience that will promote interdisciplinary personal and academic growth and advance my career,” Laine said. “The K.C. Donnelly Externship will allow me to continue my efforts and pursuit of a multidisciplinary approach to better understand the health effects of exposure to environmental toxicants.”