Rachel Porter

Rachel Porter is a senior at the University of St. Mary in Kansas City, KS. Rachel is spending summer 2019 participating in the ASIP Summer Research Opportunity in Pathology Program and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program of the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics at the Kansas University Medical Center working in the laboratory of Dr. Udayan Apte (Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics, Kansas University Medical Center). The SURF Program is hosting seven students this year. At the conclusion of the program, all the trainees will participate in a Symposia by presenting a short talk. Rachel will be working on the mechanisms of hepatomegaly induced by persistent organic pollutants called Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids (PFAA). Specifically, she is screening several pathways normally associated with hepatomegaly and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease such as Hippo, Wnt, and EGFR signaling to determine if they are involved in PFAA-induced liver toxicities.