Nygerma Dangleben: 2003-2006

Nygerma Dangleben

Nygerma Dangleben

Ph.D. Student, University of California-Berkeley

I graduated from UT-Austin as a Human Biology major. My interests in research led me to become part of the Science Undergraduate Research Group (SURGe), a very active registered student organization here on campus whose mission is to foster undergraduate student participation in UT’s cutting edge research. Since then I served as SURGe secretary for the 2003-2004 academic year. I began working in the Gore lab as a work-study student in 2003 and stayed on to perform independent research in the Gore lab until I graduated in 2006.

During my years in the Gore lab I worked on two projects. The first looked at how gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons, the principal regulators of vertebrate reproductive function, may undergo cell loss during embryonic development, and whether environmental toxicants may accelerate this process. The second project, which was performed as my undergraduate thesis, investigated transgenerational, epigenetic effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on mate choice behaviors.

Published Abstracts:

  • Dickerson SM, Walker DM, Steinberg RM, Dangleben NL, Gore AC (2005) Mechanisms for polychlorinated biphenyl actions on GnRH development. Endocrine Society Forum on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Abst., San Diego, CA.
  • Dickerson SM, Walker DM, Steinberg RM, Dangleben NL, Gore AC (2005) Mechanisms for Aroclor 1221 actions on GnRH development. SETAC South Central Regional Meeting Abst., Marble Falls, TX.


  • Crews D*, Gore AC*+, Hsu TS, Dangleben NL, Spinetta M, Schallert T, Anway MD, Skinner MK (2007) Transgenerational epigenetic imprints on mate preference. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 104: 5942-5946.


  • Endocrine Society Summer Research Fellowship, 2005
  • University Co-op Award for Excellence in Health/Social Sciences Research, 2005
  • Society of Toxicology, 2005, Travel award to San Diego meeting.
  • University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, 2005
  • University of Texas, Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2005
  • NIEHS, Research Training Program for Minority Undergraduates, 2004