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Human Biology

Angela Bauer, Ph.D

Angela Bauer, Ph.D
LS 463
(920) 465-2279

Advising: Human Biology (Health Science, General & Cytotechnology), Biology, Reproductive Biology, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental, Chiropractic, and careers relating to women's health.

Research Interests: Research in my laboratory focuses on the potential health effects of exposure to endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals within our environment (e.g. components of plastics, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceutical contaminants in groundwater, hormones in dairy manure) that interfere with hormone signaling once they enter the body. Many endocrine disruptors mimic or block the actions of the sex hormones, estrogens and androgens. Thus, physiological processes that are known to be regulated by our endogenous sex hormones (e.g. sexual differentiation, reproduction, bone ossification) are susceptible to disruption by these chemicals. Furthermore, the incidence and progression of certain diseases that are hormone sensitive (e.g. endometriosis, breast cancer, prostate cancer, inter-sexed conditions) are suspected to be influenced by exposure to endocrine disruptors.

Currently, two lines of research that focus on endocrine disruption are underway in my laboratory. They include 1) an assessment of estrogenicity in groundwater from rural areas in northeastern Wisconsin, in order to determine whether levels of endocrine disruptors change in response to season and proximity to farming operations; and 2) an examination of the impact of endocrine disruptors on amphibian skeletal development.

Education: Ph.D. Northwestern University


  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology Lab
  • Fertility
  • Reproduction & Family Planning
  • The Biology of Women
  • Ethnic Minorities in Science