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NU grad earns PhD

Leona Dance Scanlan, Nevada Union High School class of 1998, received a doctorate of philosophy degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Dec. 16, in molecular toxicology.

Scanlan used toxicological and genomics techniques to investigate the effects of silver nanowires and chemical flame-retardants on freshwater crustacean Daphnia magna. The title of her dissertation was “The Toxicity of Chemical Flame-retardants and Silver Nanowires: An ‘omics’ approach.” Her advisor was Berkeley Professor Christopher Vulpe, MD, Ph.D.

Scanlan previously earned an AA degree from Sierra College in 2001 and a California Childhood Development Teacher Certificate in 2002. Her bachelor of science with honors and distinction is in molecular toxicology from Berkeley in 2007. She also studied art history and Italian in Italy.




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