Dr. Leah Thornton Hampton

Leah is a Scientist in the Toxicology Department who specializes in characterizing the toxicological effects of environmental contaminants, including microplastics. Her technical expertise includes endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity and immunotoxicity. Prior to joining SCCWRP, her research focused on the effects of early life stage thyroid suppression on immune function. She holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of North Texas, an M.S. in biology from Texas Christian University and a B.S. in zoology from Miami University.

Education

Ph.D., Biology, University of North Texas, 2020

M.S., Biology, Texas Christion University, 2015

B.S., Zoology, Miami University, Honors with Distinction, 2013

Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant, University of North Texas, Department of Biology, 2015-2020

Teaching Assistant, Texas Christian University, 2015-2016

Professional Appointments

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America, Vice Chair of North American, Student Advisory Committee, 2018-Present

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America, Vice-Chair, 2017- 2018

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America 39th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA, Session Chair, 2018

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America 38th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Session Chair, 2017

South Central Region Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Student Representative, 2017-2018

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry South Central Chapter Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, Platform Presentation Moderator, 2016

Honors and Awards

University of North Texas Graduate Student Research Award. 2018

University of North Texas Graduate Student Travel Grant. 2017, 2018

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Student Travel Grant. 2015, 2019

Texas Christian University Graduate Student Travel Grant. 2015

Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms Travel Grant. 2015

Adkins Fellowship from Texas Christian University. 2014. Summer Salary

Grant-In-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. 2014

Journal Articles

Thornton LM, Path EM, Nystrom GS, Venables BJ, Sellin Jeffries MK. Embryo-larval BDE-47 exposure causes decreased pathogen resistance in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Fish and Shellfish Immunology 2018, 80, 80-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2018.05.059.

Thornton LM, Lesueur MC, Yost AT, Stephens DA, Oris JT, Sellin Jeffries MK. Characterization of basic immune function parameters in the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas), a common model in environmental toxicity testing. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 2017, 61,163-172. DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2016.12.033.

Yost AT, Thornton LM, Venables BJ, Sellin Jeffries MK. Dietary exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ether 47 (BDE-47) inhibits development and alters thyroid hormone-related gene expression in the brain of Xenopus laevis tadpoles. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 2016, 48, 237-244. DOI: 10.1016/j.etap.2016.11.002.

Thornton LM, Path EM, Nystrom GS, Venables BJ, Sellin Jeffries MK. Early life stage exposure to BDE-47 causes adverse effects on reproductive success and sexual differentiation in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Environmental Science and Technology 2016, 50, 7834-7841. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b02147.

Thornton LM, Path EM, Venables BJ, Sellin Jeffries MK. The endocrine effects of dietary BDE-47 exposure, measured across multiple levels of biological organization, in breeding fathead minnows. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2016, 35, 2048-2057, DOI: 10.1002/etc.3351.