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Adriana LaGier

Assistant Professor
Phone: (239) 590-1264
E-Mail: alagier@fgcu.edu
Office: WH 248

Dr. LaGier earned her master’s in marine biology from Florida International University and her doctorate in molecular immunology from Brown University. She completed post-doctoral work at Yale University School of Medicine, supervised a division of biodefense for the Department of Homeland Security and was appointed a Research Assistant Professorship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to investigate corneal clarity after LASIK surgery. Prior to coming to FGCU, Dr. LaGier was a Biologist at the Environmental Protection Agency developing whole animal models to study the physiological effect of air pollution on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Teaching Interest: Currently, I am team teaching Biology I with laboratory and I am the lead instructor of Cell Biology with laboratory. I would like to develop a vision (sensory) science course and/or an environmental toxicology course for upper division undergraduates and/or graduate students.

Research Interest: In recent years, rising oil prices, diminished energy security and climate change have encouraged the United States to reconsider the fuels they use in internal combustion engines, particularly those found in cars, trucks and buses. In 2005 (the Energy Policy Act) and again in 2007 (the Energy Independence and Security Act), the US Senate and Congress passed laws promoting the increased development and production of alternative and renewable fuels. However, before an alternative motor vehicle fuel can be manufactured for sale or introduced into commerce, the fuel must be first registered by the US-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in accordance with regulations set forth by the Clean Air Act.

In 1990, the Clean Air Act was amended to require stringent health-effects testing that because they involve long-term animal testing, are time-consuming and costly. My research focuses on developing a high-throughput, in vitro method to screen alternative fuel exhaust(s) for living organism toxicity (“the SAFE LOT method”). Without this type of simple in vitro screening, alternative fuels with a toxic profile would unnecessarily undergo the lengthy and costly, two-tier, in vivo testing protocols required by law.

My “SAFE LOT” project uses science to solve a practical problem and as such is transitional and applied. Alternatively, during the development of my “SAFE LOT” method, I have made several observations that are serving to develop projects based on the scientific method.

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