Dashner received a B.S. degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (2007) from The University of Michigan. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences (2014) from the University of Delaware. Following her Ph.D. degree she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

Personal Statement

I have a desire to use my training in environmental health sciences research and program management to tackle understanding how metal and metalloid exposures are impacting human health and discover novel ways to mitigate their effects on vulnerable populations. Additionally I strive to implement my science education training and share my research interests with students, encouraging them to consider STEM career fields.

Areas of Specialty

Heavy metals toxicology
DNA Damage
Oxidative stress


PhD, University of Delaware, 2014 (Biological Sciences)
BS, The University of Michigan, 2007 (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology)


Project Management Professional (PMP)
Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Achievements & Awards

Academic Science Education and Research Training Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2017

Key Publications

Journal Article
Dashner, Erica, J Schilz, Jodi, Simmons, Karen, Duncan, Tammi, Alvarez, Sandra, Hudson, Laurie, G 2020 Differential response of human T-lymphocytes to arsenic and uranium Toxicology Letters, vol. 333
Book Chapter
Hoover, Joseph, Bolt, Alicia, M Burchiel, Scott, W Cerrato, Jose, Dashner, Erica, J Erdei, Esther, O Estrella, Jorge, El Hayek, Eliane, Hudson, Laurie, G Luo, Li, MacKenzie, Debra, A Medina, Sebastian, Schilz, Jodi, Velasco, Carmen, Zychowski, Katherine, 2021 Siegel, Malcolm , Practical Applications of Medical Geology Selinus, Olle , Practical Applications of Medical Geology Finkelman, Robert , Practical Applications of Medical Geology
A transdisciplinary approach for studying uranium mobility, exposure, and human health impacts on tribal land sin the southwest, United States
Springer 10.1007/978-3-030-53893-4_6 Journal Article Shankar, Prarthana, Dashner, Erica, J Truong, Lisa, Hayward, Kimberly, Hudson, Laurie, G Tanguay, Robyn, 2021 Developmental toxicity in zebrafish (Danio rerio) exposed to uranium: A comparison with lead, cadmium, and iron Environmental Pollution, vol. 269, Issue

Research and Scholarship

Dashner investigates the health effects of oxidative stress and DNA damage generated following exposure to mixed metals in cell-based model systems and human populations. Additionally, she manages the Thinking Zinc clinical trial that is based on seminal work carried out in Dr. Laurie Hudson’s laboratory demonstrating zinc supplementation as a means of mitigating arsenic induced DNA damage in cells and in mice.