Title

An Estrogen-Based BPA Detection Method

Presenter Information

Brendan Beebe

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biology

Research Advisor

Shannon, Katie
Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Second Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

Biological Sciences Department

Abstract

BPA is a synthetic Estradiol mimicking compound found in polymers and epoxy resins. Due to endocrine interrupting and estrogen simulating properties, BPA has side effects associated with reproductive and developmental health. To that the end, the team pursued the integration of a genetic device which detects BPA and estrogen on a parts per billion (ppb) basis. Ppb is the minimal level at which animal testing shows synthetic hormones to have detrimental effects. The device therefore consists of an Estrogen detection based promotor (the team hypothesizes shall also detect BPA due to chemical structural similarities beginning with the terminal alcohol group on each) and genes which code for blue fluorescence. The team will use E. coli in log and stationary phase to test the saturation of fluorescence using spectroscopy in cells grown in parts per trillion, parts per billion, and parts per trillion to determine if the device meets the requirements of effective detection.

Biography

My name is Brendan Beebe, a third year Biological Sciences major at Missouri University of Science and Technology. I have always loved biology and science from a young age, and decided to pursue a degree at Missouri S&T. It was here that I discovered the many interesting things that microbial agents can do, and what can be done to them. As such, I enrolled in Biological Design, and have embarked on a semester long project involving a Genetically Modified Organism.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Daniel Sloan.

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An Estrogen-Based BPA Detection Method

Upper Atrium/Hallway

BPA is a synthetic Estradiol mimicking compound found in polymers and epoxy resins. Due to endocrine interrupting and estrogen simulating properties, BPA has side effects associated with reproductive and developmental health. To that the end, the team pursued the integration of a genetic device which detects BPA and estrogen on a parts per billion (ppb) basis. Ppb is the minimal level at which animal testing shows synthetic hormones to have detrimental effects. The device therefore consists of an Estrogen detection based promotor (the team hypothesizes shall also detect BPA due to chemical structural similarities beginning with the terminal alcohol group on each) and genes which code for blue fluorescence. The team will use E. coli in log and stationary phase to test the saturation of fluorescence using spectroscopy in cells grown in parts per trillion, parts per billion, and parts per trillion to determine if the device meets the requirements of effective detection.