Ludwik Gorczyca, a Ph.D. candidate in the JGPT program, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award F31 grant from the NIH. This predoctoral fellowship award provides students the opportunity to obtain individualized and mentored training from leading expert faculty sponsors. Mentored training is focused on research pertaining to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers. He is investigating how zearalenone, a dietary and environmental estrogenic mycotoxin, affects the functioning of the placenta. Specifically, the fellowship project will assess the capability of placental drug transporters to limit and regulate the disposition and actions of zearalenone in the placenta. Ludwik is performing his dissertation research under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Lauren Aleksunes.