Participating Faculty

Steven Sylvester

Steven Sylvester

Department:School of Molecular Biosciences, WSU
Credentials:1984 - Ph.D. Washington State University; Vancouver
Mailing Address:School of Molecular Biosciences
Washington State University-Vanc
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686-9600
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Research Interests

Reproductive Toxicology

Research Summary

My current research interests center around reproductive processes that are influenced by environmental contaminants and the sources of those contaminants in humans and other animals. We utilize both analytical chemistry (GC/MS, HPLC, AA) and molecular biology (qPCR, DNA bar coding) techniques. Projects include: 1) examining mussels along the Oregon coast for the presence for polybrominated dephenyl ethers; 2) determining the presence of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the prey of declining bull trout populations; 3) identifying pheromones, alarmones, chemoattractants and prey of oyster drills and the use in traps and slow release agents to reduce losses in the oyster reproduction through the use of natural buttering agents; 5) determining the presence of caffeine in lakes and rivers as a measure of anthropogenic influx. We are also examining molecular indices of soil quality from biodynamic farms and vineyards in the Napa Valley.

Research Publications

Todd A, Hewlett B and Sylvester SR. "Low levels of legacy pesticides in breast milk of Aka and Ngandu women." (in revision)

Z Rodriguez-delRay, E Granek and SR Sylvester. "Occurrence and concentration of caffeine in Oregon coastal waters." Marine Pollution Bulletin 64:1417-24, July 2012.

Sylvester SR, Roy A. (2002) "A 3’-truncated transferrin messenger RNA expressed in rat testicular germ cells." Biol Reprod. 67(3):895-9.

Schultz, I.R. and S. R. Sylvester (2001). "Stereospecific toxicokinetics of bromochloro- and chlorofluoroacetate: effect of GST-zeta depletion." Toxicology and applied pharmacology 175(2):104-113.

Sylvester, S.R. (1995). "Leydig cell-Sertoli cell interaction." In A.H. Payne, M.P. Hardy, and L.D. Russel, eds, The Leydig Cell. Cache river Press, Vienna, IL.

Sylvester, S.R. and M.D. Griswold (1995). "The reproductive biology of clusterin." In J.A.K. Harmony, ed, Clusterin: Role in vertebrate development, function, and adaptation. Springer Verlag, New York, NY.

Sylvester, S.R. (1993). "Secretion of transport and binding proteins." In L.L. Russell and M.D. Griswold, eds, The Sertoli cell. Cache River Press, Miami, FL.

Sherer. T.T., S.R. Sylvester, and R.J. Bull (1993). Differential expression of c-erbA MRNAs in the developing cerebellum and cerebral cortex of the rat." Biol Neonate 63:26-34.

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