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Research Interests: My laboratory studies the role of nuclear hormone receptors in development, physiology and disease. Particular interests include patterning of the vertebrate nervous system, the differential effects of xenobiotic exposure on laboratory model organisms compared with humans; interactions between xenobiotic metabolism, inflammation, and cancer; and the role of environmental chemicals on development, obesity and diabetes.
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