Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood, chair of the department of environmental and global health at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, has received an Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research from the National Science Foundation. The grants program supports exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches.
[Photo: Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood]
Dr. Sabo-Attwood and her colleague Dr. Navid Saleh, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, will investigate the potential toxicity associated with new nanoparticles that will likely make their way into our water systems. These materials are newer versions of nanomaterials that are being widely used in consumer and industrial products, but are currently unregulated. The team is interested in nanoparticles that are known as “hybrids,” which are created by linking several single nanomaterials together. The researchers plan to test the biological response of small fish to these hybrid materials in an effort to determine if these nanomaterials have the potential to cause adverse health impacts.