Biography

Dr. Buerger is a Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame (ND) in 2015, and pursued her PhD in Environmental Health from the University of Florida (UF) in 2019.

During her undergraduate career, Dr. Buerger participated in ecological research, including evaluation of the invasive potential of plants and fish species, as well as examining the effect soil type has on the ecological landscape in Indiana. During her time at ND, Dr. Buerger grew interested in the environmental health and toxicology, leading her to pursue her PhD at the UF.

Dr. Buerger conducted her dissertation research at the UF Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology. Her research focused on the obesogenic potential of diethyhexyl phthalate (DEHP) exposure in zebrafish. Her dissertation focused on the molecular mechanisms following peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (PPAR) activation and gastrointestinal microbial dysbiosis. She employed techniques, including transactivation assays, RNAseq, 16s microbial sequencing, and swim tunnel respirometry, among others. During her time at UF, Dr. Buerger also contributed to several other projects, including chronic daphnia magna toxicity tests and pharmaceutical exposures in fathead minnows.

Education

  • PhD, Environmental Health, University of Florida, 2019
  • BS, Environmental Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) – 2015-present
  • SETAC Membership Committee – 2019-present
  • North America Student Advisory Council Member, SETAC – 2017-2019
  • Society of Toxicology (SOT) – 2017-present
  • North America Student Advisory Council Southeast chapter representative, SETAC – 2017-2018

Most Recent Awards/Professional Honors

  • Outstanding Student in Public Health Service Award, University of Florida, Department of Environmental and Global Health, April 2019
  • Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Paper of the Year, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, 2018