An Interview with Dr. Nancy Denslow

Dr. Nancy Denslow is a scientist specializing in toxicology and has recently shared some insight in an interview. Dr. Denslow initially doubted her aptitude for science after failing a test in chemistry but then discovered her passion in her high school chemistry class. The class ignited her interest in pursuing a career in science.

Dr. Denslow emphasizes the importance of math skills, including algebra, up to calculus as well as quantitative abilities. Taking precise measurements is an important skill. She recommends for students to take undergraduate science classes in chemistry, biology, and molecular biology because they are crucial for success in toxicology. She acknowledges that experiments don’t always go as planned, highlighting the nature of scientific inquiry and the need to learn from setbacks.

A surprising discovery that she made found Glyphosate or Roundup to be pseudo-persistent, challenging previous literature. This chemical, present in 50% of tested manatees, depresses immune systems, raising environmental and health concerns. Dr. Denslow suggests the public should educate themselves on the effects of Glyphosate, particularly its impact on children and those with weakened immune systems, advocating for responsible use.

One of her current projects working with Scientist Kevin Kroll is studying exosomes, exploring how information is transmitted between cells. They focus on fish brain cells’ response to estrogen and androgen, investigating the potential role of exosomes in cell communication.

One thing Dr Denslow believes to bridge the gap between scientist and the public community is to enhance communication between scientific communities and the public. Dr. Denslow recommends scientists communicate concepts in layman’s terms. Additionally, providing information on how scientific findings personally affect individuals can help bridge the gap.