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Gaballah, student poster presentation winner, inspired by research will pursue higher education in toxicology

CSETAC would like to recognize some of the student presentation winners from our 2018 Annual Meeting in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Shaza Gaballah, a post-baccalaureate researcher at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and the 3rd place student poster presentation winner, shares her current inspiration for pursuing a graduate degree in the furture.



My name is Shaza and I am currently working under Dr. Tamara Tal at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. I recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017) where I studied biology, chemistry and medical anthropology (the latter included almost all my favorite classes I took in college!). Currently, I am halfway through a two year post-baccalaureate fellowship through Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. 


The main project I am currently working on is to address developmental and neurodevelopmental impacts of exposure in zebrafish to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), including GenX. GenX has recieved a lot of media and public attention this past year following its identification as a contaminant in Wilmington, NC drinking water supply. This project has sparked a deeper passion in me for toxicology and health risk assessment. I am currently planning to attend graduate school to study biomedical sciences, potentially focusing on toxicology and microbiology.


Outside of my research and love of science, I am ALWAYS excited to talk about my cat Olive, good food in the area, or the benefits of zebrafish as a model organism for environmental health risk assessment. If I’m not trapped indoors by the North Carolina humidity, I love hiking, doing sudokus or reading outside, and exploring the Triangle.

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