Amelia Haas Baker Completes Thesis Defense

Dr. Amelia Haas Baker completed her doctoral thesis defense on Wednesday May 2, 2012. Her thesis titled “Environmental PPAR-Gamma Agonists Accelerate Aging of Bone and Impair Lymphopoiesis” describes how Tributyltin (TBT) affects the bone marrow micorenvironment and alters the adipocyte-osteoblast balance in a process resembling premature bone aging.  Her work contributes to our understanding of how environmental contaminants termed “obesegens” such as TBT and phlalates promote adipogenesis  and impact bone quality.  Dr. Jennifer Schlezinger, principal investigator of Project 3 was her thesis adviser.  Dr. Baker’s research was funded by the Superfund Research Program and a National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowship.

May 11, 2012