Frederick S. vom Saal, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.
Frederick vom Saal is a professor of reproductive biology in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri - Columbia. He has published more than 140 articles concerning the effects of exposure during fetal life to natural hormones, and both man made and naturally occurring endocrine disrupting chemicals on development of the reproductive system and postnatal growth.
The focus of current research is on abnormal development of the reproductive system and changes in postnatal growth in mice due to exposure during fetal life to the estrogenic chemical bisphenol A, which is used to make polycarbonate plastic and to line metal cans. In addition, the interaction between bisphenol A and intra-uterine growth (due to differences in placental nutrient transport) as factors involved in adult obesity is being examined. He has presented his research findings at hearings in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the California State Assembly, the EU, Germany and Japan. He also served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Hormonally Active Agents in the Environment. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The National Institute of Health funds his research.
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