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Student & Alumni Achievements

UNC Doctoral Student Receives Travel Award to Present at Toxicology Conference

Ms. Grace Chappell, environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) doctoral student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected to present her research at the Society of Toxicology’s Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology conference, to be held March 12, 2016, in New Orleans.

[Photo: Ms. Grace Chappell]

Chappell won second place in a ‘Best Poster’ competition at the Lone Star Society of Toxicology regional meeting and was awarded a $250 travel grant to support her attendance at next spring’s national event, which focuses this year on Micro-RNA Biomarkers for Toxicology.

Her research involves the changes in expression of microRNAs, a type of epigenetic alteration (a change to the genome that does not affect the DNA sequence), that occur after humans or animals are exposed to harmful environmental or occupational hazards. Such epigenetic markers may serve as biomarkers of exposure or damage, and they offer insight into chemical carcinogenesis.

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