Veronica Perez

MS Student

Department of Physiological Sciences

Major Advisor: Chris Martyniuk, PhD

Office: PO Box 110885 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 294-4636



  • BS – Biology – University of Florida, 2017

Honors & Awards

  • SE SETAC, 1st place poster presentation (2017)
  • University of Florida, cum laude, honors with distinction (2017)

Research Interests

Aquatic Toxicology, Fish Physiology, Ecotoxicogenomics, Proteomics, Endocrine Disruption.

Veronica’s research focuses on legacy pesticides that despite being banned 50 years ago they are can still be found in water and soil. As of right now she is studying Toxaphene (Camphechlor) which has the potential to alter central nervous system neurotransmitter activity, it acts as a noncompetitive γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA-A) antagonist at the chloride channel in brain synaptosomes. Her current objectives are to determine the effects of Toxaphene exposure on zebrafish early life stages, a model fish species widely used for developmental toxicity research.

As part of both the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Academic Health Center, Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to advancing animal, human and environmental health through teaching, research, extension and patient care.


Boehringer Ingelheim

The Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program offers DVM students an opportunity to gain exposure in biomedical research.


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