Project Overviews: Testing Toxicity
Lead PI: Esther Guzman
Microalgae can produce a suite of toxins, known as phycotoxins, that have the potential to harm humans. The diverse chemical structures of various phycotoxins allow them to affect many different parts of the human body including liver, brain, skin, lung, stomach and blood cells. Researchers are screening both known and newly discovered compounds extracted from IRL water samples to assess their toxicity on different cell lines and gain a better understanding of health threats during bloom events.
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