Exploring Health and Environment: Navigating Chemicals in Our Everyday Lives

October 11, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
4D Molecular Therapeutics
5959 Horton St
#200 conference room, Emeryville
CA 94608
Atefeh Taheri

Professor Sonya Schuh

A joint event between California section of American Chemical Society
& Association of Women in Science, East Bay Chapter


5:00 – 5:30 PM: Sign-up and Networking

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Talk and Q&A

6:30 – 7:30 PM: Networking w/ Light Bites


The presentation delves into the prevalent challenges of human infertility and congenital defects exacerbated by environmental toxins. Chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, present in plastics, cosmetics, and personal care items, disrupt hormones and pathways as endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs). Despite efforts to replace BPA with alternatives labeled “BPA-Free,” these substitutes carry similar risks. These findings emphasize the potential health risks, urging consumer awareness, policy reform, and sustainable alternatives.

About our speaker:

Prof. Sonya Schuh, originally from Southern California, developed a passion for nature and water activities. Her curiosity and upbringing by educator parents led her to a science career. She earned a B.S. in Marine Biology and Zoology from Humboldt State University and conducted marine research. Later, she completed her Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington, focusing on chemical effects on sperm. At Stanford’s Stem Cell Biology Institute, she delved into genes and environmental factors affecting human reproduction. Joining Saint Mary’s College of California, she initiated a research program on endocrine disruptors’ impact on stem cells and embryos. Dedicated to teaching and diverse collaborations, her most cherished accomplishment is her three children, inspiring her ongoing commitment to shaping a better future.