Megan Sieg

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Contact Information

2349 Beckman Institute
405 North Mathews Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Graduate Research Assistant
Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Scholar

Research Interests

Neurotoxicology, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Infant Cognition, Psychopharmacology

Research Description

Current research indicates that prenatal exposure to phthalates, a ubiquitous endocrine disruptor, is associated with adverse outcomes. However, the effects of exposure to phthalates and additional compounds like acetaminophen, over the counter (OTC) pain medication, during prenatal period are unknown. Current research establishes that prenatal exposure to acetaminophen has anti-androgenic effects in both animal models and children and alters many of the same neurodevelopmental outcomes affected by phthalate exposure. Some of these neurodevelopmental pathways play a crucial role in social cognition and language development, aspects of behavior used in the diagnosis of autism. I examine the potential interaction of prenatal exposure to acetaminophen and phthalates on social cognition in a novel paradigm for 7.5-month-old infants; a validated measure of social cognition at 2-3 years; and language development. 

Education

Northern Illinois University 2014
BS, Biology
BA, Psychology

Courses Taught

MCB 151
MCB 245
SROP Research Team Leader

Additional Campus Affiliations

Beckman Institute
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program

Professional Memberships
Developmental Neurotoxicology Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society for Neuroscience
Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors
 

Volunteer Work
Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority for Women in STEM Chapter Advisor for Mu Chapter at Northern Illinois University
Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority for Women in STEM Volunteer Coordination Committee Member