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April 23, 2019

Elizabeth Shirtcliff to present Anatomy and Physiology Seminar

Submitted by Gail Eyestone

Elizabeth Shirtcliff, associate professor from the department of human development and family studies at Iowa State University, is the featured speaker for the April 23 Anatomy and Physiology Seminar. She will present "Feeling Stressed Out? Novel Noninvasive Stress Biomarkers for Human and Nonhuman Research Applications" at 4 p.m. in 407 Trotter Hall.

Shirtcliff completed her doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University studying biobehavioral health. Her work focuses on biobehavioral mechanisms that illustrate the profound impact that a child's early environment exerts on their physiology. Researchers in her Stress Physiology Investigative Team Laboratory collect biomarkers noninvasively in humans. They examine stress biomarkers like cortisol, bonding-biomarkers like oxytocin, development biomarkers like testosterone, or immune biomarkers like herpes simplex virus. Her ultimate goal is to use biomarkers to point to what really matters; the child's family and social environment.