Biography

Dr. Dami Adebambo is a Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her primary training and area of expertise include metal toxicology, reproductive and developmental toxicology, in vitro mammalian toxicity model development, pre-clinical drug development, data analysis, experimental design, and risk assessment.

Dr. Adebambo received her Bachelor’s degree in Botany and Microbiology from University of Lagos, Nigeria where she began scientific research and completed a senior project investigating the utilization of endogenous fungal species in bioremediation of petroleum polluted waste sites. She then completed her Masters in Environmental Toxicology at Duke University where she continued to assess the toxicological impact of produced waste water from oil and gas operations and endocrine disrupting compounds. Following her masters, Dr. Adebambo obtained a PhD in Biology, with a focus in Toxicology, at North Carolina State University while performing most of her dissertation research at UNC Chapel Hill. Her dissertation work explored the reproductive and developmental toxicity of heavy metal exposure, specifically cadmium and arsenic, on preeclampsia using in vitro experimental models and cohort studies in human subjects. Her thesis work elucidated the toxic effects of heavy metal-induced oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in utero-placental tissues on pregnancy and fetal health.

As a postdoctoral researcher with the Center for Human Disease Modeling (CHDM) at Duke University, Dr. Adebambo utilized both in-vitro and D. rerio (zebrafish) experimental models to develop novel antisense oligonucleotide therapies for rare neurodevelopmental disorders. She also assessed drug delivery pharmacokinetics in order to determine optimal therapeutic doses through confocal imaging and serological assays. Additionally, she performed investigations into determining previously unidentified genetic variants that contribute to syndromic developmental disorders. She completed another postdoctoral fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY where she investigated the effect of aberrant inflammatory signaling in trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) with the aim of therapeutic discovery.

Education

  • PhD, Biology, North Carolina State University, 2018
  • MEM, Environmental Toxicology, Duke University, 2011
  • BSc, Botany, University of Lagos, 2006

Professional Associations

  • Society of Toxicology: Metals, Mixtures, Molecular Biology and Systems Specialty Sections
  • Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society
  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Most Recent Awards/Professional Honors

  • National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Trainee Fellowship, 2014 - 2018
  • NIEHS KC Donnelly Fellowship, 2017 - 2018
  • Foundation for Agromedicine and Toxicology Supplemental Scholarship Award, 2017
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Science Travel Award , 2013 & 2017
  • Best Poster, Health Sciences at the NIEHS SRP Meeting, 2015
  • Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Merit Award, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Lagos Endowment Merit Scholarship, 2005 - 2006