Research Paper on Environmental Insults and Congenital Heart Defects
Noora and her mentor explored how maternal environmental factors influence a child’s risk of developing congenital heart defects (CHD). Thus, in her review paper, she elucidated the correlation between various environmental exposures during maternity (air pollutants, carcinogens, chemicals) and the development of CHD. The development of CHD is largely genetic, however, Noora was interested in exploring an epigenetic component that is more prevalent in recent studies. Her overall goal with this paper is to bring a new dimension to existing knowledge and disseminate the information to the general public.