Mark J. Zylka, PhD, Professor/Director, W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, was one of the awardees of the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Pilot Projects Program. His project, “Does prenatal pesticide exposure exacerbate phenotypes in a mouse model of autism?”, submitted for the 2018-2019 CEHS Standard Pilot Projects Program, was approved for funding on April 1, 2018.

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Mark Zylka, PhD

His research for this pilot award explores the role of both genetic and environmental components of a single autism-related pathway in an effort to show more pronounced morphological and behavioral phenotypes than testing either genetic or environmental risk factors alone. This pilot grant will support development of assays to quantify pyrethroids in tissues and urine of mice and pilot exposure studies with a high confidence autism model mouse line.

To learn more about the Zylka Lab, click here.