National Toxicology Program Lab trainee wins award
DURHAM -- Madisa Macon will graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday with a doctorate in toxicology, but the degree comes with an added distinction, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences announced.
Macon is one of 20 graduate students recently presented with a 2014 Impact Award, an annual honor given by the UNC Graduate Education Advancement Board. The award recognizes graduate students whose research generates knowledge and innovative solutions to address critical societal needs.
Macon is a trainee in the National Toxicology Program Laboratory at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park. Her study focuses on how prenatal exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, alters the development of mammary glands. PFOA is a manmade compound frequently found in stain resistant products and nonstick products, such as frying pans.