Larissa Calancie engaged her nutritional science background to assist Dr. Mary Gamble's laboratory in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She analyzed the effects of arsenic exposure on oxidative stress in Bangladesh. Larissa assessed reduced and oxidized glutathione concentrations in whole blood and in plasma samples from participants who were exposed to a wide range of arsenic concentrations in drinking water. She also assessed plasma malondialdehyde concentrations as another marker of oxidative stress. The ultimate goal of this study was to assess dose-response relationships between arsenic exposure and markers of oxidative stress.
Larissa received her Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Science from Cornell University in May 2009. She is interested in how nutritional inequities relate to disease, as seen in the Bangladesh study group.
From her laboratory experience Larissa has gained an appreciation for the complex interaction between environmental exposure and health outcomes. Larissa plans to apply to graduate school in order to study effective public health interventions with a focus on nutrition and the environment. During Larissa's spare time she likes to explore and enjoy New York City, spend time with friends, run, cook, and volunteer