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Vanessa Fitsanakis


Dr Vanessa A. Fitsanakis received her PhD in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in 2003.  She was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Michael Aschner, PhD, in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest University from 2003 till 2005. In 2005, she returned to Vanderbilt University with Dr Aschner and joined the Division of Neurotoxicology in the Department of Pediatrics as a Research Instructor. In 2006 she moved to the Department of Biology at King University in Bristol, TN (USA), and is currently in her seventh year as chair of the department. She teaches Mammalian Toxicology, Neuroscience, Anatomy & Physiology, Research Methods in Biology, and Biochemistry. She is funded by the NIEHS and has an active undergraduate research lab. In her short time at King College, she has trained seven students. Dr. Fitsanakis currently serves as an Ad Hoc reviewer for ToxSci, Neurotoxicology, Brain Research and Human and Experimental Toxicology. She has been a member of the Society of Toxicology since 2000. Her research interests include mechanisms of neurotoxicity of heavy metals, particularly depleted uranium and manganese, and in the potential role that environmental toxicants, such as pesticides, may play in the etiology of idiopathic Parkinson's disease.


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