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Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar Series
11/17/2022 - 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
 “Placental origins of phthalate toxicity and child reproductive health”


Jennifer Adibi, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

The goal of our research is to use epidemiologic and experimental molecular methods to quantify human fetal endocrine disruption caused by maternal exposures to chemicals, specifically phthalates. The peroxisome proliferator activated receptor protein gamma (PPAR??) is expressed in the human placenta and regulates placental development, hormone synthesis, inflammation, and immune response. PPAR?? has been proposed as a putative mediator of phthalate toxicity. In this study, we are evaluating this hypothesis by measuring and comparing the direct effects of phthalates on placental and fetal hormones versus the effects mediated by PPAR??.  


Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
1395 Conference Room
203 Lothrop St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Melanie Hoffner

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