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Robert Tanguay Oral History Interview. April 21, 2017

Robert Tanguay Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

April 21, 2017

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Robert Tanguay (b. 1966) is a Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology who joined the OSU faculty in 2003. The Director of the Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory, Tanguay has built an international reputation for his use of zebrafish as a model for analyzing the toxicological impact of thousands of different chemical compounds. In 2009, his laboratory received a major grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that was used to conduct the largest in vivo toxicological study to date - an examination of some 1,200 compounds yielding data on half a million zebrafish. Tanguay also speaks regularly to both public and private entities on the biosafety of various commercial developments, including flame retardants and the practice of fracking. His interview traces his career in science with particular attention paid to his zebrafish studies at OSU.