Susan Schantz
Professor, Comparative Biosciences
(217) 333-6230
3808 Vet Med Basic Sciences Bldg. M/C 002, Urbana, IL 61801

Susan Schantz is a professor of comparative biosciences at Illinois and an environmental toxicologist. One aspect of her research centers on understanding the neurobehavioral effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), methyl mercury (MeHg), and other contaminants. Her research focuses on exposure to these compounds during development and aging, two periods when the nervous system is particularly vulnerable to toxic insult. A recent addition to her program is studies assessing the impact of dietary estrogens on cognitive function during aging. Animal models are used to assess the effects of estrogenic components of soy- based dietary supplements on executive functions including working memory, attention and response inhibition in young, middle-aged and old animals.