The University of Iowa

Nazmin Akter Eti

Finalist

Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB), Fish Consumption, and Miscarriages: An Untold Story

Bangladesh, the country where I was born and grew up, is one of the most densely populated (13th) places in the world. As a developing country, its infrastructure for public health and nutrition is very limited and its literacy rate of 62 percent is also very poor. Thus, most of the people are not concerned about the necessity of balanced nutrition and a safe environment. As a result, Bangladesh has an enhanced rate of fetal death, miscarriages, low birth weight, and also premature death. To ensure a sound and healthy population, I believe public concern has to be raised about the importance of a safe environment and nutritional food. This is one of the lessons that I learned during my undergraduate study in Nutrition and Food Science. I also realized the necessity of expanding the horizon of my knowledge and understanding of the science of human and environmental health through advanced level study and active research. Based on that interest, I started graduate school studies in Human Toxicology within the UI College of Public Health. As a graduate student, my research interest focuses on reproductive and developmental toxicity of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). Due to PCB exposure, various types of developmental toxicity happen in the world. I am exploring the mechanism to prevent the toxicity of PCB126 to protect millions of mothers and our next generation. My hobbies are traveling, gardening, fishing, watching movies, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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Human Toxicology