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Featured Profile: Susan Nagel


Susan NagelUniversity of Missouri researcher Dr. Susan Nagel is gathering evidence to protect living creatures from hazardous chemicals.

Nagel is an expert on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These chemicals can interfere with endocrine and hormone systems, causing tumors, birth defects and other serious problems.

Nagel has put her knowledge to use to investigate the effects of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Millions of Americans live within a mile of such operations, but possible health effects are not fully understood. In one study, Nagel demonstrated that oil and gas chemicals, even in low concentrations, caused significant hormone disruption in adult mice whose mothers were exposed only during pregnancy. In another project, she examined surface water near a fracking wastewater disposal facility and found that levels of EDCs were high enough to cause negative health effects in both animals and humans.

For identifying hazards associated with fracking, Nagel was presented with the Barry Commoner Science in Environmental Service Award. She has also received the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Award, as well as being honored for her excellence as a student mentor.

Dr. Susan C. Nagel, is an associate professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health in the School of Medicine, Director of the OBGYN Research Success Center, and Director of OBGYN Resident Research.  She also has an adjunct appointment in Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science.

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One Health/One Medicine