Do the chemicals found in plastic have an effect on our endocrine system?

My name is Cyril Anyetei-Anum. I am a rising junior and a Neuroscience major double minoring in Biochemistry and Chinese. I plan to someday earn a PhD in the biomedical sciences. For this summer I will be conducting research here at the College in Dr. Lizabeth Allison’s research laboratory. I will be researching a chemical that has received world-wide attention, even causing certain countries to ban its use in the production of plastic consumer products, Bisphenol A. Bisphenol A, or more commonly known as BPA has been known to cause controversy in the U.S. as to whether or not it is harmful to our bodies. My work for the entirety of this summer is to come closer to finding an answer to this question. In order to determine BPAs effect on our bodies, I will not be asking people to start consuming copious amounts of BPA. Instead, I will be exposing eukaryotic cells to BPA and then looking at them through a microscope. I will be conducting multiple trials of this experiment to hopefully obtain results that will bring me one step closer in informing the U.S. about this controversial chemical.