2010 - Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology - North Carolina State University
2005- B.A. in Biological Sciences; minor in Marine Science - Smith College
My research is broadly focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the response to toxicant exposure in aquatic organisms and the role of genetic variation in adaptation to toxicant exposure. As a Ph.D. student with Dr. Margie Oleksiak, I identified genomic signatures of selection in natural populations of fish that have adapted to chronic pollution exposure. As a postdoc with Dr. Mark Hahn, I am investigating the effects of toxicants on the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) pathway during development and will elucidate whether there is developmental crosstalk between AHR and oxidative stress pathways.
Update: Larissa will start at Bates College in January 2013!
Larissa has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in the Biology Department. She will begin in January 2013.