Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two new faculty have joined the University of Iowa Human Toxicology Program. Dr. Hanna Stevens' research interests include embryonic brain development and the mechanisms by which prenatal environmental factors - stress, environmental contaminants, and maternal physiological changes - increase the risk for psychiatric disorders in offspring. Her lab is particularly interested in how cypermethrin may disrupt normal physiological processes in brain development.

Dr. Ethan Anderson's laboratory conducts Translational Pharmacology and basic science research. There are 3 major research areas in the lab, with several projects within each area that range from in vitro biochemistry, to cell culture & rodent models and even human cardiac tissue specimens. The mitochondria is a focal point of the research program. His lab routinely collaborates with medicinal chemists to study novel lead therapeutic compounds in heart and liver disease. One major effort is directed at targeting mitochondria in cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts to mitigate cardiac complications of diabetes and atrial fibrillation. There is also a basic science component directed towards a greater understanding of the role of mitochondria in cellular energetics and signaling pathways (nuclear cross-talk, paracrine factors, etc.).

Please check out their web pages from our faculty list.

Hanna Stevens
Ethan J. Anderson