Vasundhra Bahl Received TRDRP Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Vasundra Bahl, a PhD student in the Environmental Toxicology Program, has received a 2 year pre-doctoral fellowship to support her
studies on thirdhand smoke (THS). Vasundra is interested in how THS affects the health of humans and is using several in vitro models,
including stem cells, to evaluate the toxicity of whole THS as well as specific chemicals in THS. She has developed methods for extracting
chemicals from THS and in collaboration with labs at UCSF has identified the chemicals and their relative abundances as THS ages.
She is performing cytotoxicity studies using mouse neural stem cells, human embryonic stem cells, and human dermal fibroblasts. Stem
cells are of interest as they are often more sensitive to environmental chemicals than fully differentiated cells in adults, and the
models she is using can provide indications on how prenatal development is affected by THS exposure. Vasu has presented her work at
local and national meetings, and she is the author on several papers dealing with tobacco-related research. Vasu is mentored by Dr.
Prue Talbot, Director of The Stem Cell Center and member of the Department of cell Biology and Neuroscience.
Publications by Vasu Bahl:
- Bahl, B. V., S. Lin, N. Xu, B. Davis, Y. Wang, P. Talbot (2012) Comparison of electronic cigarette refill fluid cytotoxicity
using embryonic and adult models. Reproductive Toxicology, 34(4): 529-537.
- Behar, R. Z., V. Bahl, Y. Wang, S. Lin, B. Davis, P. Talbot (2012) A method for rapid dose-response screening of environmental
chemicals using human embryonic stem cells. J. Pharmacological Toxicological Methods. doi:10.1016/j.vascn.2012.07.003.
- Behar, Rachel Z., Vasundhra Bahl, Yuhuan Wang, Jo-Hao Weng, Sabrina C. Lin, and Prue Talbot (2012) Adaptation of Stem Cells
to 96-Well Plate Assays: Use of Human Embryonic and Mouse Neural Stem Cells in the MTT Assay. Current Protocols,
Chapter 1:Unit1C.13. DOI:10.1002/9780470151808.sc01c13s23.