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Temple City Union School District Grad Receives Harvard Scholarship

by Lynne Burkardt

Temple City

Cory Gerlach, a 2005 Dr. Doug Sears Learning Center graduate, has been awarded a full scholarship and stipend to attend Harvard University’s School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts to complete a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in Public Health.  He will graduate from Oregon State University on June 14, 2014 with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Toxicology.
Times Higher Education, powered by Reuters news agency, ranks Harvard University as number one in the world for best graduate schools in life sciences.
For his Honors thesis, Cory studied how a specific flame retardant chemical that is prevalent in the environment may cause developmental toxicity.  He looked at what the chemical does in living organisms by using different molecular biology techniques.  His soon to be published article is entitled, “Mono-Substituted Isopropylated Triaryl Phosphate, a Major Component of Firemaster 550, is an AHR Agonist that Exhibits AHR-Independent Cardiotoxicity in Zebrafish.”

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