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The Effects of Fluoxetine on the Behavior of Zebrafish

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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13
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    Kathy Thornton '13 and Eshan Patel '13

Location: San Francisco, CA

February 09, 2012
Kathy Thornton ‘13 traveled to San Francisco, California to present her research on the effects of fluoxetine on the behavior of zebrafish at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology.

This past spring break, I had a wonderful opportunity to present my 2011 summer research at the 51st Annual Meeting for the Society of Toxicology in San Francisco, California. As a freshman, I was lucky enough to be accepted as a Hodson Science Fellow, which insured me a summer internship in a science. As a result, from May to August 2011, I worked with Dr. Martin Connaughton studying the effects of Prozac on the startle behavior and exploratory behavior of zebrafish. The experimental process itself was completely transforming and I learning so much about questioning what I saw and developing a solution to the many problems that arose. My experience continued, however, when our abstract was accepted by the Society of Toxicology and we were scheduled to give a poster session. I had never been to a conference before and I was a little anxious because toxicology was not really my field of study, although our study had a connection to environmental toxicology. With our abstract accepted, the Cater Society made my trip to San Francisco possible. My goals for this presentation were to expand my presentation skills and my knowledge about the field of toxicology as well as to get ideas for how I can expand this research and perhaps draw stronger conclusions. We talked to a wide variety of people at the presentation, from students to toxicology experts, and we received a lot of great advice for zebrafish care and questions that triggered new experimental ideas. It was such a great experience to be able to talk to so many scientists who had come together to learn about each other’s research and to ask questions, instead of just analyzing and critiquing each other’s answers. My main fear was that our study would be criticized because our data was not very strong and I was an undergraduate in Environmental Studies and History, but I quickly found that all my researching the past summer and fall had really taught me a lot about the Prozac compound, zebrafish physiology and behavior, and the toxicological ramifications for the fish and the environment. This was my first grant through the Cater Society and it is an experience that I will forever draw upon as a wonderful learning experience and discovery. It really opened my eyes to the state of the field of toxicology and the fact that even an interdisciplinary liberal arts education can contribute to a heavily scientific field.


Last modified on Jan. 26th at 11:45pm by Kathy Thornton.

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