Dr. Tamara Tal
Tamara Tal joined the UFZ Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology Department in September 2019. Before that, Tamara was a Principal Investigator at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the Integrated Systems Toxicology Division. Tamara completed postdoctoral research fellowships at Oregon State University and the U.S. EPA where she investigated the developmental toxicity of environmental chemicals in zebrafish. Tamara earned a doctoral degree in toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Central Florida.
At the UFZ, the Tal lab is continuing to study whether host-associated microbiota modify the toxicokinetics and/or toxicodynamics of chemical exposures in zebrafish with a particular focus on the establishment of microbial-dependent neurobehavioral signaling during development. Her research group also investigates mechanisms by which exposures to environmental chemicals cause hyperactivity in zebrafish. The Tal lab uses a combination of zebrafish automated behavioral tests, RNA sequencing, 16S rRNA sequencing, and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to illuminate chemical/microbiota interactions and solve adverse outcome pathways in vivo.
A list of current publications can be viewed here