Rashmi Joglekar, Ph.D. Candidate; Duke University Program in Environmental Health & Toxicology Fall Seminar Series (Pharm 847-S/ENV 847-S)

Nicotine and the Sexualization of the Brain

Friday September 13 11:45 - 1:00PM

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Rashmi Joglekar is a 6th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) currently working in the laboratories of Dr. Joel Meyer and Dr. Susan Murphy. Before coming to Duke, she received her B.S. in Biotechnology from Indiana University. Rashmi's dissertation work is broadly focused on the neurodevelopmental impacts of gestational tobacco smoke exposure. More specifically, she studies the persistent neuro-epigenetic and behavioral outcomes resulting from developmental tobacco smoke exposure in both rats and humans. Her talk entitled "Nicotine and the Sexualization of the Brain" will focus on the effects of gestational nicotine exposure on the sexual differentiation of the brain in rats, examining endpoints involving brain masculinization, sex behavior, and DNA methylation. Rashmi will also discuss the translational impacts of her findings, shedding light on recent human studies.

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  • University Program in Environmental Health
  • Nicholas School of the Environment
  • University Program in Environmental Health

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