Rebeka (Bek) Petroff, PhD
Rebekah Lee Petroff (Bek) serves as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Drs. Jackie Goodrich and Dana Dolinoy, having received her PhD in 2022 from the University of Washington, WA, USA. Her research uses data-intensive methods to understand the neurological and epigenetic effects of early life exposures to common environmental contaminants in both animal models and epidemiological cohorts. As an M-LEEaD Center Scientist, her research will focus on two key translational topics: the developmental epigenetic effects of domoic acid, and the translational, cross-species, environmental epigenetic effects from developmental toxicant exposure.
Soundara Viveka Thangaraj, PhD
Soundara Viveka Thangaraj (Viveka) is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Vasantha Padmanabhan in the Department of Pediatric-Endocrinology, having received her PhD in 2021 from the Cancer Institute, University of Madras, India. Her research centers around the developmental programming effects of pre-natal exposure to environmental chemicals, on long-term metabolic health of the offspring. As an M-LEEaD Center Scientist she will be using state of the art omic approaches to investigate the biosolid-exposure induced alterations in the maternal metabolome that could contribute to phenotypic outcomes in the offspring.