Zelieann Craig, PhD
Associate Professor, Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Zelieann R. Craig earned her Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Microbiology (University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 2004) and her Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences (University of Arizona, 2009). She completed postdoctoral training in Reproductive Toxicology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and joined The University of Arizona in 2013. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS). Dr. Craig holds memberships in the BIO5 Institute and the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) where she serves as co-leader of the Adaptive Responses to Environmental Stress Research Focus Group.
Dr. Craig’s research is focused on understanding how environmental exposures influence reproductive health. Her work characterizing toxicities associated with endocrine disruptors is aimed at understanding how chemical exposures alter ovarian function and cause adverse reproductive outcomes such as infertility and early menopause. Over the course of this research, Dr. Craig and her team have identified several genes of common importance in cancer biology and infertility as targets of environmental chemical exposures. Understanding how chemical exposures influence the function of the products of these genes and whether these alterations lead to increased risk for cancer and infertility are the main objectives of her cancer-related research focus.
Colón-Díaz, M., J. Ortiz-Santana, and Z. R. Craig, "Data on the activity of DNA methyltransferase in the uteri of CD-1 mice exposed to dibutyl phthalate.", Data Brief, vol. 28, pp. 105061, 2020 Feb. PMCID: PMC6957859 PMID: 31956671
Liu, X., and Z. R. Craig, "Environmentally relevant exposure to dibutyl phthalate disrupts DNA damage repair gene expression in the mouse ovary†.", Biol Reprod, vol. 101, issue 4, pp. 854-867, 2019 10 25. PMCID: PMC6930367 PMID: 31318015
Rasmussen, L. M., N. Sen, J. C. Vera, X. Liu, and Z. R. Craig, "Effects of in vitro exposure to dibutyl phthalate, mono-butyl phthalate, and acetyl tributyl citrate on ovarian antral follicle growth and viability.", Biol Reprod, vol. 96, issue 5, pp. 1105-1117, 2017 May 01. PMCID: PMC6373836 PMID: 28486587
Rasmussen, L. M., N. Sen, X. Liu, and Z. R. Craig, "Effects of oral exposure to the phthalate substitute acetyl tributyl citrate on female reproduction in mice.", J Appl Toxicol, vol. 37, issue 6, pp. 668-675, 2017 06. PMCID: PMC5400675 PMID: 27866379
Sen, N., X. Liu, and Z. R. Craig, "Short term exposure to di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) disrupts ovarian function in young CD-1 mice.", Reprod Toxicol, vol. 53, pp. 15-22, 2015 Jun. PMCID: PMC4457581 PMID: 25765776