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Alex Haimbaugh

Current Title: Postdoctoral fellow at Black Lab

                       Department of Pharmacology

Alex earned her B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2015. During her graduate work at Wayne State University in the Baker Lab, she characterized the gene expression landscape of TCDD-exposed zebrafish testes. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus studying extrachromosomal DNA


Danielle Meyer

Current Title: Postdoctoral Researcher 

Danielle finished her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Wayne State University in 2021, in Dr. Tracie Baker's WATER lab. During that time, she researched the long-term and multigenerational health effects of developmental exposure to emerging toxicants such as dioxin, lead, and nanoplastics. She loved the WATER lab community and research so much that she moved with them to the University of Florida, continuing ongoing transgenerational research on dioxin- and PFAS- exposed fish. Her future career interests involve scientific communications & writing for government and/or nonprofit sectors. Outside of the world of science, Danielle likes to spend time with her friends & family, listening to opera, watching Broadway shows, and planning trips on Atlas Obscura.


Jessica Phillips

Current Title: Assistant Program Director

Assistant Professor - Clinical

Wayne State University 

Nurse Anesthesia 

Jessica is currently the Assistant Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Wayne State University.  In 2021, she earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Wayne State University, after a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia in 2018 and a major in Nursing and Psychology from University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2012 and 2011 respectively. Her doctoral research in WATER lab explored the transgenerational effects of pharmaceuticals within the environment. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading, music, cuddling with all her animals (cats, dogs and horses oh my!) and traveling. 


Chia-Chen Wu

Current Title: Assistant Professor 

Chia-Chen received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan and joined the WATER lab in the Fall of 2019. While applying her previous bioinformatics and statistics skills, she used zebrafish as a model to study the relationship between gut and drinking water microbiome. She also has been studying the effect of chemical exposures on aged populations. Starting in Aug 2022, she becomes an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University at Hsinchu City in Taiwan. Her research will be applying environmental microbiology and the zebrafish model to study the effects of low-level environmental contaminants on aquatic life and human health. 

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