Dr. Belanger and undergraduate student lab uncover the effects of Atrazine in crayfish

Dr. Belanger and undergraduate student lab uncover the effects of Atrazine in crayfish

research that we’re doing looks at
atrazine and atrazine was banned banned in the European Union from use and so
it’s still being continued being used here in the United States and it’s one
of the most heavily used herbicides in the u.s. Midwest we have found in one of
our most recent publications that at EPA allowable concentrations in the
environment that this concentrations cause cell damage in the nose of the
crayfish and so this is profound because at these concentrations that the US EPA
allows we’re seeing this cell damage and DNA damage occur
last summer we actually focused on studying the effects of atrazine on all
factory sensory neuron and how they were damaged according to like their type of
concentration they’re exposed to that study from this summer actually was like
it really went into fruition and published our second paper that was
focused on studying how atrazine affected to olfactory sensory neurons
according to the concentration and we were able to see that also there is a
neuron damage and cellular damage using different kind of assays that we use to
investigate that I think my favorite part is definitely going out into the
field and downtown Detroit in Belle Isle and collecting the crayfish and then
bringing them back into the lab and doing treatments on them because they’re
really hands-on with their crayfish during that time so some groups get no
action at all those are our control groups they’re gonna be clean some get a
little amount so what we do is we separate them into ten micrograms of
atrazine for one liter of water we have 40 parts per billion we have eighty
hundred and three hundred and we hypothesize that as we increase the
concentration of atrazine we see that there are more negative impacts on our
we find this information that no one else finds you can inform the world and
sometimes our information might be crucial to some very big and detrimental
effects that can happen in future like a atrazine and how it affects water. This will
ruin the whole ecosystem. The students here at the University of Detroit Mercy
are really great and bringing these students into my lab. They catch on
really well and it’s really nice that they mentor each other when they start
out as freshmen in my lab and then they end up as seniors, they’re mentoring the
students that are starting as freshmen so it’s really nice to have them kind of
take each other under their wing. I was really interested in anything that has
to do with effects on like anything in your digestive system anything that has
to do with neuroscience and I also took in consideration like the mentor with
Dr. Belangai. She has a background in neuroscience and I took that as I want
to be with someone who has the same interests as me. Undergraduate students
typically don’t get a chance to publish data during their undergraduate research.
experience. Five of my students over the last year have published to scientific
research articles in peer-reviewed scientific international journals and
this is these journals are at a pretty high level and so this is profound and
outstanding for the students. When I was a freshman I was like I’ll never be able
to write a paper like this, like I’m not smart enough. I’m like that’s what
graduate students do, but you know having Dr. Belangai guide us through the
process of process of writing a paper It’s been just like such a great
experience it takes that’s a critical thinking on your end so for that I was
really like impressed on how research actually is compared to how it’s
actually brought up to you like at younger ages but because of like
research and being in rebuild Detroit scholar and being actually like
supported by my mentor dr. Boulanger and dr. Kendra Evans now I feel like I have
like this really stable and solid foundation I’ve been really grateful to
be honest I’m really thankful over dr. Blodgett
working her lab and I’m appalled sample for dieter mercy because I feel like I
want to had this opportunity really anywhere else having these connections
that I have now and so close to these professors with such a small campus such
a small school I feel really grateful that really came here I’m very
passionate about changing things in the world for the better and that’s what my
research is doing

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