Jennifer Freeman

Jennifer Freeman

Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Freeman’s research focuses on defining the underlying genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of toxicity of environmental stressors with current focus on pesticides, metals, radiation and emerging contaminants. Projects are defining the immediate adverse impacts of a developmental exposure, the lasting adverse impacts of this developmental exposure throughout the lifespan, and the analysis of subsequent generations linking genetic, epigenetic, and phenotypic assessments. These studies are investigating the developmental origin of health and disease pathogenesis with a specific focus on neurological disorders, reproductive dysfunction, cardiovascular function and cancer with a goal of understanding the role of exposure to the environmental stressors in these adverse health outcomes. All projects are currently utilizing the zebrafish vertebrate model system as a tool to investigate toxicity.


Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology and Molecular Cytogenics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
B.S. in Cell and Structural Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000


  • Molecular and environmental toxicology
  • Development origins of health and disease
  • Genetics and epigenetic mechanisms of toxicity


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