Congratulations Dr. Graciel Diamante!

We are extremely proud to introduce Dr. Graciel Diamante. It has been an honor working with her on RECOVER and we wish her the very best in her new endeavors. Below, please find a word from Dr. Schlenk.

“Graciel defended her dissertation on August 10 and is now a recipient of a PhD from the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at UCR.  She has been an extraordinary student during her time here at UCR.  As a former participant in the Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) program at her undergraduate institution, she became  very active in student mentorship through the RISE program at UCR and has supervised at least 3 female undergraduate students (one of which was also a RISE student).  It has been very exciting to see her perpetuate the mentorship she received to other under-represented female students.

Her project initially evaluated the role of estrogen signaling as a target for developmental toxicity in zebrafish.  She  began assessing linkages between membrane bound g-protein coupled estrogen receptors (GPERs) and cardiac development of zebrafish. Her objective was to evaluate receptor activation, Calcium signaling and cardiac development in fish embryos by hydroxylated PAHs observed in the Gulf of Mexico.  She published two first-author papers in Aquatic Toxicology, and has a third about to be submitted on microRNA evaluations of oil in Mahi. In addition, her Introduction is currently in revision as a book chapter in an upcoming book from Dr. Warren Burggren. She has been a co-author on at least 5 other publications in ES&T, ES&T letters, and PLOSone (Most related to RECOVER)  As you can clearly see, Graciel has been tremendously productive during her tenure here.

She was a GoMRI scholar last year. She has also attended and made multiple presentations at several Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) meetings at the regional and National levels and was recently selected for an oral presentation at the International Symposium of Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms in Japan.

From a personal perspective, she is probably one of the hardest workers I’ve ever had in my laboratory.  During her initial studies with zebrafish, we had a pathogenic infestation causing her to repeat essentially a year’s worth of work. She never complained the entire time. So, what she has been able to accomplish over the past 4 years is truly amazing.  

It is her desire to remain in Southern California and pursue either a postdoctoral position or teaching position at the community college level.  We sincerely wish her the best, and will definitely miss her.”