Dr. Gail Prins is a Professor of Urology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She is also the Director of the University Andrology Laboratory, Program Co-Leader of the Prostate Cancer Research Working Group, Director of Urologic Research and Director of Chicago Center for Health and Environment.
Dr. Prins has over 40 years of research focusing on endocrinology, prostate carcinogenesis and environmental chemical exposures that drive disease with aging. Her research has defined the field of developmental estrogenization (developmental reprogramming) of the prostate gland in response to natural or pharmaceutical estrogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Her discoveries have identified the molecular underpinnings that increase prostate susceptibility to cancer as a function of early life exposures; epigenetic modifications initiated through stem cell estrogen receptors (ERs) that reprogram stem cell self-renewal and lineage commitment.
Recently, Dr. Prins has taken a leadership role as PI and Co-Director of a new NIEHS-sponsored P30 Environmental Health Sciences Center (Chicago Center for Health and Environment or CACHET), a cross-town partnership between UIC and the University of Chicago.
She has over 40 years of research focusing on endocrinology, prostate carcinogenesis and environmental chemical exposures that drive disease with aging.