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May 31, 2016 - Meet the Researcher: Natalie Gassman, Ph.D.

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WHO SHE IS: Natalie R. Gassman, Ph.D., assistant professor of oncologic sciences

LATEST RESEARCH: Dr. Gassman is a member of Molecular and Metabolic Oncology Group at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Her current work examines the response of DNA repair pathways to damage induced by exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals She also uses confocal microscopy techniques to specifically induce DNA damage in cells and monitor the assembly of DNA repair proteins at the damage site.  These research interests allow Dr. Gassman to examine the dynamic process of DNA repair and better understand how our environmental exposures influence our cells’ ability to address DNA damage.

WORK HISTORY: Dr. Gassman joined MCI in July 2015 after working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Samuel H. Wilson’s lab at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She also worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Cancer Biology (2009-2010) and Physics (2008-2009) at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C.

EDUCATION: Dr. Gassman earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.

FUN FACTS: Dr. Gassman was a member of the women’s varsity crew team at Michigan State University and holds several varsity letters. She is an avid paddle-boarder and loves to spend time out on Mobile Bay.  When she isn’t busy in the lab, she loves to bake for her MCI family and various charitable organizations.



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