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Dec. 8, 2015 - Gassman receives NIH grant to study how chemicals in consumer products affect DNA

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Dr. Natalie Gassman, Ph.D., assistant professor of Oncologic Sciences at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, has been awarded a $747,000 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. The three-year R00 grant, with annual direct funding of $183,840, will be used to study how exposure to BPA and other environmental agents affect DNA – with possible implications for cancer prevention and treatment.

“My research grant allows me to investigate how endocrine-disrupting chemicals alter DNA damage response and repair pathways,” Gassman said. “This field of research is especially important in the increasingly plastic age in which we live.”

She said that basic science and clinical research into the role of endocrine-disrupting chemicals has lagged behind the increased use of industrial chemicals in consumer products. “My research will provide a better understanding of the gene-environment interactions that may contribute to the development of progression of cancer,” she said.

Dr. Gassman joined MCI in July after working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Samuel H. Wilson’s lab at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

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