Michele La Merrill

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Assistant Professor


Environmental Toxicology

Offices and Labs

4245 Meyer Hall
(530) 754-7254
4416 Meyer Hall
(530) 752-5896


2010 MPH Epidemiology Mount Sinai School of Medicine
2008 PhD Toxicology University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Interests

The La Merrill lab is interested in the gene x environment interactions that influence susceptibility to metabolic diseases, such as metabolic syndrome (a constellation of obesity, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension), and resulting cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. We have conducted transcriptome, QTL, eQTL, and copy number variation studies to study the interaction of genetics and high fat diet and are currently working to integrate metabolome and methylome research on the developmental basis of toxicant-induced metabolic syndrome. We conduct both epidemiological- and experimental- research to integrate human observations with mechanistic investigations.


2009 Best Manuscript in the Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology


The Endocrine Society
The Society of Toxicology
The American Heart Association

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Integrated Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Animal Genomics

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Pharmacology & Toxicology


ETX 198 Genes and the Environment (Winter 2013)