Clinical Associate Professor
Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Michelle Pine’s laboratory focuses on elucidating the toxicological mechanisms by which pesticides (primarily synthetic pyrethroids) affect the onset of puberty and neurodevelopment. She is specifically interested in how chronic, low dose exposures (in utero and peripubertal) interfere with signaling in the hypothalamus and the cerebellum. She is also collaborating with Dr. Christie Sayes on a project that uses nanochemistry to ameliorate the toxic effects of pesticides with an aim to create new products which address the specific limitations of currently used pesticides. In addition, Pine and Hwaryoung Seo from the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M are creating 3D interactive and tangible learning tools for teaching in STEM courses, particularly gross anatomy. Their collaborative research projects are focused on ways to engage students and enhance their spatial reasoning skills. They are also using art practices to facilitate undergraduate learning in gross anatomy. She is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She earned a BS in animal science and DVM from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in toxicology from Texas A&M.