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Rita Loch Caruso is a toxicologist with a research focus in female reproductive toxicology and, in particular, mechanisms of toxicity related to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as premature birth. Dr. Loch Caruso's laboratory has shown how several environmental contaminants, including phthalates, brominated flame retardant chemicals, pesticides, and PCBs, modify uterine, placental and amnion functions that regulate parturition. Her research investigations include molecular, biochemical, cellular, tissue and whole animal approaches.