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Matthew Overturf
Assistant Professor
School of Sciences
CNSB 303
318-342-7967
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Matthew D Overturf, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology

Education

Ph D

2013, Biology
University of North Texas

BS

2008, Biology
University of Louisiana at Monroe

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Matthew D. Overturf received a B.S. in Biology (2008) from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Ph.D. in Biology (2013) from the University of North Texas. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Much of Dr. Overturf's research has centered around the developmental and reproductive effects of human pharmaceuticals on non-target species, such as fish. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the early-life stage effects of levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestin, on fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) larvae.

Research Interests

With the growing human population and increased usage of pharmaceuticals, these compounds find their way into waterways through wastewater treatment effluents. Pharmaceuticals are designed to target specific receptors in humans; however, these receptors are also found in fish and function in a similar manner as in humans. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the impacts of pharmaceuticals in fish to assess organismal responses that may impact populations. My research interests center around the developmental and reproductive effects of pharmaceuticals in fish.

Licensure & Certification

Informatics for RNA-sequence Analysis
Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops
Certificate of Completion

Courses Taught

BIOL 1014FUND ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I, 4 course(s)

BIOL 1020PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I, 2 course(s)

BIOL 3010HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, 1 course(s)

BIOL 3013HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY, 1 course(s)