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Steve Sylvester's Research Site Associate Professor



Arts and Sciences
Molecular Biosciences


Phone: (360) 546-9724
Located in Life Sciences (VSCI) 230D
Office Hours: by e-mail appointment
Support Staff:
Course ID Title Meeting TimeLocationSemesterSyllabus
MBioS 303Introductory Biochemistry
ESRP 4XX-5XXHuman Health and the Environment
ESRP 4XX-5XXEnvironmental Chemistry and Toxicology
Sci 220DNA Today


In my laboratory, we view the world at the molecular level with a bent toward reproductive processes. Bromate occurs in reverse osmosis desalinated seawater after disinfection with UV, ozone or chlorine. Bromate causes renal, thyroid and testicular cancer in rats. We are examining changes in gene expression and proteomics in rats treated with sub-carcinogenic doses of bromate in drinking water. We hope to assist regulatory agencies in setting allowable exposures to people who may consume reverse osmosis water over their entire life.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Alexander Brown