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Matthew Overturf
Assistant Professor
School of Sciences
CNSB 303
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Matthew D Overturf, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology


Ph D

2013, Biology
University of North Texas


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.

Licensure & Certification

Informatics for RNA-sequence Analysis, Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops. (June 2014 - Present)

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.

Recent Publications

Overturf, C. L., Overturf, M. D., Huggett, D. B. (2016). Bioconcentration and endocrine disruption effects of diazepam in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus (pp. 46-52). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C.
Overturf, M. D., Anderson, J. C., Pandelides, Z., Beyger, L., Holdway, D. A. (2015). Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs): A Critical Review of the Impacts on Fish Reproduction (pp. 469-491). Critical Reviews in Toxicology.
Overturf, M. D., Huggett, D. B. (2015). Responses of various exposure durations of levonorgestrel during early-life stages of fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) (pp. 33-40). Aquatic Toxicology.
Overturf, M. D., Overturf, C. L., Carty, D. R., Hala, D., Huggett, D. B. (2014). Levonorgestrel exposure to fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) alters survival, growth, steroidogenic gene expression and hormone production (pp. 152-161). Aquatic Toxicology.
Petersen, L. H., Needham, S. L., Burleson, M. L., Overturf, M. D., Huggett, D. B. (2013). Involvement of B3-adrenergic receptors in in vivo cardiovascular regulation in rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss) (pp. 291-300). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A.
Overturf, M. D., Overturf, C. L., Baxter, D., Hala, D. N., Constantine, L., Venables, B., Huggett, D. B. (2012). Early life-stage toxicity of eight pharmaceuticals to the fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas (pp. 455-464). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.
Hala, D., Overturf, M. D., Petersen, L. H., Huggett, D. B. (2011). Quantification of 2-hydrazinopyridine derivatized steroid hormones in fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) blood plasma using LC-ESI+/MS/MS (pp. 591-598). Journal of Chromatography B.
Baer, K. N., McCoole, M. D., Overturf, M. D. (2009). Modulation of sex ratios in Daphnia magna following multigenerational exposure to sewage treatment plant effluents (pp. 1545-50). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

Courses Taught



BIOL 3010HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, 1 course(s)