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Dr. Laura J. Raymond
Dr. Laura J. Raymond is the Research Manager of the Health and Analytical Research Group and oversees the Natural Materials Analytical Research Laboratory (NMARL), the Analytical Research Laboratory (ARL), and the Cell and Tissue Culture Laboratory at the EERC. In addition to management duties, Dr. Raymond's research primarily focuses on examining biochemical and analytical approaches to evaluating potential human health effects and risks resulting from environmental exposure to air, water, and food toxins.
Currently, her principal research areas of interest and expertise include evaluating the effects of mercury exposure on selenium-dependent physiology and the mechanisms involved in selenium's protection against mercury toxicity. Her responsibilities also include developing strategies of research involving the pathophysiological consequences of other environmental toxins and particulates and the impacts of these pollutants on health and physiological processes. This includes analyzing the effects of environmental toxins, such as mercury, at the molecular, cellular, tissue, animal, and human population levels. In addition to these physiological studies, her research also involves investigating trace metal interactions in environmental systems and methods of toxin remediation.
Dr. Raymond holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UND and a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Arizona. Prior to her position at the EERC, she worked in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center.