Keynote Speaker

Dr. Pamela Lein is Professor of Neurotoxicology, Director of the CounterACT Center of Excellence, and Director of the NIEHS T32 graduate training program in environmental health Sciences. She has been a full-time faculty member of the School of Veterinary Medicine since 2009. Dr. Lein’s research interests are neurotoxicology, neuropharmacology and neuroimmunology. 

Dr. Pamela Lein

Research studies in Dr. Lein’s laboratory include identifying novel therapeutic approaches for preventing brain damage following exposure to chemicals that cause seizures; understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which environmental factors interact with genetic factors to increase risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and determining how pesticides alter communication between nerves and immune cells in the lung to cause airway hyperreactivity, which is a major symptom of asthma. Research in Dr. Lein’s laboratory involves diverse model systems ranging from primary neuronal cell culture to zebrafish to rodent models, and multiple techniques ranging from cellular and molecular techniques to in vivo imaging to behavioral studies. Dr. Lein has mentored numerous undergraduate students in her laboratory, many of whom have earned co-authorship on research papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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