Chris Kassotis receives Presidential Poster Competition Award at ENDO 2015
March 16, 2015
Christopher (Chris) Kassotis received the Presidential Poster Competition Award from the Endocrine Society for his poster titled “Endocrine Disrupting Activity of Oil and Gas Operation Chemicals and Health Outcomes Following Gestational Exposure in Mice.”
The poster presented the preliminary results of Kassotis’ research on the effects of 23 chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing on the early development and maturation of mice. Exposure during pregnancy to a mixture of these chemicals, at concentrations likely relevant to environmental levels, resulted in increased body weights, increased heart, spleen, and testes weights, and decreased sperm concentrations in male offspring. The effects on female offspring are still under review. When completed, the study may shed light on whether industry-related spills and leaks into ground and surface water sources pose potential health risks to humans.
Kassotis presented his poster at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, ENDO 2015, held March 5-8, 2015, in San Diego, California.
Kassotis is a PhD student in MU’s Division of Biological Sciences graduate program and is working in Dr. Susan Nagel’s laboratory.
An abstract of his poster is available on the ENDO 2015 website.
Written by: Melody Kroll
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