My fascination with toxicology centers on the elusive relationship between environmental contaminants and disease. Many diseases are suspected of having environmental causes; however, many of the causes and their molecular mechanisms are not well understood. Research in the area is key to the prevention of disease and vital to the status of human health. My thesis research focused on phytoremediation of the explosive, RDX, using Vetiveria zizanioides, a tropical grass. I am very excited to be in the Human Toxicology program at University of Iowa, where I can further pursue my research interests in studying the effects of environmental contaminants on human health.