Wayne State University

Tracie Baker, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(313) 577-2462 (Phone)
(313) 972-8025 (Fax)

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Research Interests

Mechanisms of Adult Onset and Transgenerational Disease due to Environmental Contaminants

The Baker Lab is focused on multidisciplinary, translational research that bridges human, animal and environmental health. The current work of my lab is directed at the mechanisms of adult-onset and transgenerational disease in zebrafish resulting from exposure to TCDD (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin), a known EDC of concern in humans. Specifically, we aim to inform the connection of toxicant-induced phenotypic and functional abnormalities from multiple generations with changes in genome function and epigenetic regulation, as well as to identify critical windows for biomarkers of effect and interplay among pathways mediating toxic endpoints. Thus, our research goal is to provide critical insights into transgenerational, environmentally-induced disease. In addition to human health, results from this work are being applied to wild fish populations that are experiencing population-level consequences of reduced reproductive capacity secondary to environmental toxicants in our waterways. Wild fish not only serve important ecological roles and serve as indicators of aquatic ecosystem health, but are also an increasingly important protein source for people worldwide.

Selected Publications

 Plavicki J, Baker TR, Burns F, Xiong K, Gooding A, Hofsteen P, Peterson RE and Heideman W. 2015. Construction and characterization of a sox9b transgenic reporter line. International Journal of Developmental Biology. 58: 693-99.

 Baker TR, Peterson RE and Heideman W. 2014. Using zebrafish as a model system for studying the transgenerational effects of dioxin. Toxicological Sciences. 138 (1):403-11.

 Baker TR, King-Heiden TC, Peterson RE and Heideman W. 2014. Dioxin Induction of Transgenerational Inheritance of Disease in Zebrafish. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. 398(1-2):36-41.

 Baker TR, Peterson RE and Heideman W. 2013. Early dioxin exposure causes toxic effects in adult zebrafish. Toxicological Sciences. 135(1):241-50.

 Baker TR, Baker BB, Johnson SM, and Sladky KK. 2013. Comparative analgesic efficacy of morphine and butorphanol in koi (Cyprinus carpio) undergoing gonadectomy. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 243(6):882-90.

 Baker TR, Doucette GJ, Powell CL, Boyer GL, and Plumley FG. 2003. GTX(4) imposters: characterization of fluorescent compounds synthesized by Pseudomonas stutzeri SF/PS and Pseudomonas/Alteromonas PTB-1, symbionts of saxitoxin-producing Alexandrium spp. Toxicon. 41(3):339-47.