STEM Squad Profile: Megan Sieg

You can call me Meg! I’m a PhD student in neuroscience at the University of Illinois where I study whether prenatal exposure to chemicals commonly found in everyday products has an effect on infant cognitive development.

To do that, my lab recruits and follows pregnant women throughout their pregnancy, collecting biological samples and interviewing them to learn about the products they’d been using at several points. Once baby arrives, mom brings it to our lab at a few points during its first year. Because babies are unable to talk when we see them during their first year of life, we use an eye tracker to indirectly measure what baby understands about the image or video we show. The eye tracker collects information about what points baby looks at on a screen showing images or videos when and for how long.

In my free time, I enjoy painting, making over old or thrifted clothes, listening to podcasts, dancing, and snuggling with my cat, Curie.

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