Environmental Toxicology

Nicole Sparks

NIcole Sparks
UCR Phone:
Email: nicole.sparks@email.ucr.edu
UCR Major Professor: Nicole zur Nieden
Degree Program: Ph.D.

Nicole Sparks

MS, California State University, San Bernardino; BS, La Sierra University

Research Focus

Elucidating the mechanisms of tobacco-induced oxidative stress and how it disrupts embryogenesis, and leading to teratogenic outcomes.


  • Book Chapter: Sparks NRL and zur Nieden NI. Pluripotent stem cells as tools to assess developmental toxicity: diversity instead of consolidation. Accepted 07/2013


  • Sparks NRL. Predicting Skeletal Teratogenicity: An Alternative Approach with Pluripotent Stem Cells. Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program Annual Research Symposium, University of California Riverside. June 2013.
  • Sparks NRL. The effects of tobacco products on skeletal development. CSUSB Student Research Symposium, June 2012.
  • Sparks NRL. Elucidating the effects of tobacco products on skeletal development. Thesis Defense. California State University San Bernardino, May 29, 2012.
  • Sparks NRL and IKC Martinez. I told you not to smoke: Elucidating the effects of tobacco products on bone development. University of California Riverside Stem Cell Seminar, March 2012.

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Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program
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