Dr. Louis Guillette is a toxicology expert whose research focuses on how various environmental factors can lead to birth defects in wildlife and humans. His work involving wildlife, especially alligators, is internationally recognized. His current research examines the effect of environmental pollutants on the genetic-endocrine signaling associated with the development and functioning of the genitalia and gonads of various vertebrate species.
Dr. Guillette partners with researchers in MUSC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pediatrics to perform pilot studies on the developmental health of babies. His research could help lead to the development of new testing procedures that prevent or treat health problems caused by environmental factors.
An award-winning teacher of Embryology and Reproductive Biology, Dr. Guillette has advised such countries as New Zealand, Australia Mexico, South Africa, and Botswana on the development of reproductive biology programs for endangered wildlife. He also is recognized for his research examining environmental contaminants and reproductive/endocrine disruption in various wildlife species, and policy work in human public health. He has served as an expert witness to the U.S. Congress and as a science policy advisor to various governmental agencies regarding environmental contamination and health.