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April Neal

April Neal


Graduate student April Neal works in Dr. Guilarte’s lab at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is investigating lead damage at the molecular level to try to figure out precisely how lead damages cells.


As a Ph.D. candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Tomas Guilarte, April Neal is investigating the developmental effects of lead exposure on spatial learning and memory in rats and on neuron cells in cell culture. Ms. Neal has also conducted research in biochemistry. She holds a B.A. from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Indiana in Biological Chemistry and History. Ms. Neal was a competitive swimmer in high school and plays the cello.


Learn more about the effects of lead in the body at this site, sponsored by the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning.

Explore background and current issues surrounding lead and its effect on the body at this Center for Disease Control’s site.

Read about ongoing lead research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.