Nastasia Lai


Description of Research: Effects of parabens on mouse embryo development

Biographical Information: Nastasia hails from the hot and humid country of Malaysia, where tropical rainforests and animal diversity thrive. Growing up, her father played a big role in nurturing values in ecology and animal conservation which eventually led up to her passion in pursuing a career in animal wildlife conservation. In 2018, she got her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and landed an internship at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in the Reproductive Sciences Lab where she learned the meticulous intricacies of lab work. This experience piqued her interest in research work, where she wanted to learn more about embryology and reproductive toxicology. Currently, she is a graduate student in Dr. Nowak’s lab studying on the effects of parabens on embryo development.

During her free time, she enjoys playing video games, working out and baking food on Sundays.

Hometown: Ampang, Malaysia

Degrees: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.S Animal Science, 2018.