Professor studies environmental toxins

Professor of biology Christine Broussard explains the harms of various chemicals on human bodies Tuesday in the Presidents Dining Room. Broussard has an extensive background in immunotoxicology and has declared that her purpose is to help students, faculty and the community through education. / photo by Kayla Salas
Professor of biology Christine Broussard explains the harms of various chemicals on human bodies Tuesday in the Presidents Dining Room. Broussard has an extensive background in immunotoxicology and has declared that her purpose is to help students, faculty and the community through education. / photo by Kayla Salas

Biology professor Christine Broussard advocated for student-driven learning environments during this weeks faculty lecture, “Environmental Justice, Endocrine Disruptors, and Inclusive Excellence: STEM Scholarship with Purpose.”

Broussard shared her research study of environmental toxicants and their effect on the immune system, specifically focused on endocrine-disruptors, or EDCs, chemicals that interfere with body functions, which can be found in everyday products like shampoos, conditioners and water bottles.

She said she integrates her research into teaching in order to create a hands-on learning environment.

“The mission is to improve student lives and families through environmental research,” Broussard said. “It started with talking about real impact in communities.”

She finds students gain more from this method than simply reading from a textbook.

– Jaycie Thierry

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