August 12, 2022: Division of Reproductive Sciences Picnic at Lake Crabtree

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May 7, 2022: Dr. Chrissy Crute, after the hooding ceremony at Duke Chapel. 

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March 11, 2022: Chrissy Crute, co-mentored by Dr. Susan Murphy and Dr. Liping Feng, successfully defended her dissertation.

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September 26, 2021: Hooding ceremony for 2020 graduates.  Dr. Joglekar is finally hooded by co-mentors, Susan Murphy and Joel Meyer.

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September 22, 2021: CIPHERS project publication, "Refraining from use diminishes cannabis-associated epigenetic changes in human sperm,” is published in Environmental Epigenetics. Former Murphy lab member Dr. Rose Schrott and current Murphy lab member Dillon King designed the cover image. Authors: Schrott R, Murphy SK, Modliszewski J, King D, Hill B, Itchon Ramos N, Raburn D, Price T, Levin ED, Vandrey R, Corcoran D, Kollins S, Mitchell J. 

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July 23, 2021: Division of Reproductive Sciences picnic at Sarah B. Duke Gardens. 

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May 5, 2021: Dr. Schrott officially graduates.

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March 24, 2021: Congratulations to Murphy lab member, Rose Schrott, PhD, for passing her thesis defense! 

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February 26, 2021: The Triangle Consortium for Reproductive Biology’s annual meeting was held virtually and Murphy lab members Rose Schrott, Chrissy Crute and Dillon King all presented their research. 

Congratulations to Chrissy Crute for being awarded The Campion Fund’s Best Trainee Poster Presentation for "Maternal exposure to an environmentally relevant mixture of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) leads to adverse pregnancy outcomes in a New Zealand White rabbit model.” 

Congratulations also go to Dillon King for being awarded the Triangle Consortium For Reproductive Biology’s Runner Up Award for Best Oral Presentation for "Sex Differences in Mitochondrial Function: A Role for DNA Methylation.” 

October 28, 2019: Congratulations to Murphy lab member, Rashmi Joglekar, PhD, for passing her thesis defense! 

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February 26, 2019: Murphy lab graduate student, Emma Dolan (Pharmacology and Cancer Biology) featured on the cover of the Duke OB/GYN quarterly magazine.  Also featured lower left, graduate student Rose Schrott (Duke ITEHP) and researcher Zahra Mohseni; lower right, Assistant Professor Zhiqing Huang, MD, PhD and  Duke medical student Cassie Hobbs. Our recent publication on cannabis effects on the epigenome of sperm is featured inside.

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February 26, 2019: Thanks to Savannah Volkoff for her piece, "Cannabis use in males affects sperm" about Murphy Lab research on the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment student blogs page, linked here.

February 9, 2019: Murphy lab third year graduate student Rose Schrott wins Best Poster award for her work, “Cannabis use is associated with widespread changes in autism candidate gene DLGAP2 methylation in human sperm” at the Triangle Consortium on Reproductive Biology meeting at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  Congratulations, Rose!

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February 3, 2019: Susan Murphy interviewed by Cormac Moore, host of Sunday Night Live on FM104 in Dublin, Ireland, regarding results from our CIPHERS sudy publicaion on the epigenetic effects of cannabis use in sperm.  Listen here.

June 5, 2018: Q&A on Epigenetic Effects of Parental Exposures on Offspring

February 7, 2018: The Chronicle 18: Eighteen people you need to know at Duke  Graduate student Rashmi Joglekar was selected as one of the Chronicle’s 18.  Read about the amazing things she has accomplished as President of the Graduate and Professional Student Council.

January 10, 2018: Pregnant women in NC exposed to less secondhand nicotine after ‘smoking ban’

January 16, 2018: Susan Murphy, Ph.D. Selected for ALICE Program

July 20, 2017: Studying Superfunds: Duke Environmental Engineers Investigate How Super-Polluted Areas Affect Early Human Health

October 16, 2014: Duke Epigenetics and Epigenomics Program (DEEP) Environmental Epigenetics Mini-Symposium.  Trent Semans Center for Health Education, 9 AM - 12 PM. Keynote speaker: Rebecca Fry, PhD from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  RSVP to

March 7, 2014: ITEHP / Duke Superfund / NICHES Children's Center Spring Symposium:  

"Cognitive Impairment Caused by Developmental Neurotoxic Exposure: Mechanisms, Consequences and Therapeutic Treatment"

December 10, 2013: BASS Connections Team talks about their work to develop educational materials for the NICHES Children's Center on tobacco smoke, epigenetics and neurodevelopment on Duke Office Hours.

December 5, 2013:  See the press release about our new NICHES Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Resarch Center.

December 3, 2013: Environmental Health Perspectives journal chooses Paper of the Year:

 Joubert, B.R. Haberg, S.E., Nilsen, R.M., Wang, X., Vollset, S.E., Murphy, S.K., Huang, Z., Hoyo, C., Midttun, O., Cupul-Uicab, L.A., Ueland, P.M., Wu, M.C., Nystad, W., Bell, D.A., Peddada, S.D. and S.J. London. 2012. 450k Epigenome-wide scan identifies differential DNA methylation in newborns related to maternal smoking during pregnancy. Environmental Health Perspectives 120:1425-1431. 

September 23, 2013: Susan Murphy interviewed on NPR Morning Edition by Jon Hamilton on epigenetics during pregnancy and results from our NEST cohort study. 

May 30, 2013: Susan Murphy interviewed on The Joan Hamburg Show (starting at 19 minutes) from WOR Radio, New York: A new study from Laval University in Canada found methylation and expression differences in siblings born to mothers before and after gastric bypass surgery in genes related to insulin resistance, inflammation and cardiovascular function.  The kids born to moms after the bypass surgery had improved glucoregulatory function than their sibs born before the surgery.

See the April 6, 2013 issue of Science News for a story by Tina Hesman Saey on epigenetic changes over generations.  Research from the Murphy Lab is featured in the article.

March 1, 2013: Spring ITEHP Symposium:  

"How Epigenomic Effects Mediate Persisting Actions of Developmental Toxicants"

 For more information, click HERE. 

September 2012:    Published results from our Newborn Epigenetics STudy were mentioned in the September 19th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association in a piece by Griffin P. Rodgers and Francis S. Collins entitled, "The Next Generation of Obesity Research: No Time to Waste." 



April 11, 2012: Murphy Lab team “Crazy Ladies” takes first place in the Duke Get Moving Challenge for Exercise Minutes, with each team member averaging 5,994 minutes of exercise over the 10 week competition!



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