Patricia Hunt is a Regents Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Her research focuses on understanding the high incidence of chromosomally abnormal eggs produced by human females and why the incidence is so strongly impacted by advancing maternal age. She remains fascinated by this complex problem, but the accidental exposure of her mice to bisphenol A (BPA) in 1998 diverted her attention to the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. These chemicals have become common environmental contaminants that not only represent a threat to our fertility but also a growing concern to the health of the planet and the species it supports. Dr. Hunt is particularly interested in science communication and is dedicated to ensuring that future trainees not only will be outstanding scientists but easily able to communicate their findings to the general public.
Dr. Patricia Hunt introduces her talk "Humans vs. Humankind: Are human-made chemical pollutants impacting global fertility?" for "Humans: The Planet-Altering Apes" in May 2022.