When Rachel Done, a senior at University High School in Tucson, contacted Richard Vaillancourt, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, about his research, she never dreamed that her simple email would eventually lead to her recognition as a Future Innovator of the Year by the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation initiative.
A high incidence of bladder cancer has ravaged areas that are prone to high Arsenic exposure. RFG 1 is studying the carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties of arsenic and its effect on urothelial cells (cells that make up the tissue that lines the urinary system).
High exposure levels to Arsenic have been correlated with cardiovascular birth defects in newborn babies. This particular project examines the effect of in utero (still in the womb) Arsenic exposures in rodents and their cardiovascular development.