November 12, 2020

1:00am – 2:00am


About the lecture: What is it like going from working in a toxicology laboratory to working in a policy environment? Fortunately, it’s been an exciting transition. In this talk, Dr. Bhetraratana will describe her PhD work, which involved looking at the effects of air pollution on cells and mice, and of electronic cigarettes on human volunteers. She will also discuss how her experiences both inside and outside of the lab have translated over into her early career with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which is the state agency tasked with protecting the public from air pollution and climate change.

About the speaker: Dr. Bhetrarana is a young UCLA FSPH alumnus, having been out in the real world for just 16 months. While a PhD student in the Molecular Toxicology program, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jesus Araujo. She graduated with her PhD in December 2018 and afterwordds gratefully stayed on for a short-term post-doctoral apointment with Dr. Araujo until she began work as an Air Pollution Specialist with CARB in July 2019. Prior to UCLA, she grew up in Texas, received BS and BA degrees from UC Berkeley, and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Through her current work, she continues to build on her passion and focus for public health.