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Dr. Bell’s research is focused on the effects of a chronic
and ubiquitous environmental contaminant, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs
are a model endocrine disrupting chemical, and are known to independently
affect brain function, hormone actions, and immune processes. As such, the lab
is interested in understanding how PCBs affect interactions between the neural, endocrine, and immune systems during development, and their long-term consequences on brain and behavior. They use molecular and behavioral techniques to study this in a rat model.
Margaret R Bell. 2018. Comparing Postnatal Development of Gonadal Hormones and Associated Social Behaviors in Rats, Mice, and Humans. Endocrinology, 159(7):2569-2613.
Margaret R Bell, Ariel Dryden, Ryan Will, and Andrea Gore. 2018. Sex differences in effects of gestational polychlorinated biphenyl exposure on hypothalamic neuroimmune and neuromodulator systems in neonatal rats. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 353: 55-66.
Margaret R Bell, Bethany Hart,
Andrea Gore. 2016. Two-hit exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls at gestational
and juvenile life stages: 2. Sex specific neuromolecular effects in the
brain. Molecular and Cellular
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