Drake Phelps

Dept Molecular Biomedical Scie


zebrafish, immunology, toxicology, immunotoxicology, PFAS

I'm a researcher passionate about protecting human and environmental health from toxic threats, such as EDCs and PFAS.

Works (10)

2023 journal article

Legacy and emerging per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances suppress the neutrophil respiratory burst

Journal of Immunotoxicology.

By: D. Phelps, A. Palekar*, H. Conley*, G. Ferrero*, J. Driggers*, K. Linder*, S. Kullman, D. Reif ...

Source: ORCID
Added: February 15, 2023

2021 journal article

Monoassociation with bacterial isolates reveals the role of colonization, community complexity and abundance on locomotor behavior in larval zebrafish

Animal Microbiome, 3(1).

By: C. Weitekamp*, A. Kvasnicka*, S. Keely*, N. Brinkman*, X. Howey*, S. Gaballah*, D. Phelps, T. Catron* ...

author keywords: Microbiome; Hyperactivity; Monoassociation; Gnotobiotic; Germ-free; Axenic; Zebrafish; Monocolonization
Source: ORCID
Added: May 8, 2021

2020 journal article

Derivation of stable embryonic stem cell-like, but transcriptionally heterogenous, induced pluripotent stem cells from non-permissive mouse strains

MAMMALIAN GENOME, 31(9-12), 263–286.

By: T. Garbutt, K. Konganti*, T. Konneker, A. Hillhouse*, D. Phelps, A. Jones n, D. Aylor, D. Threadgill

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: October 19, 2020

2020 journal article

In vivo assessment of respiratory burst inhibition by xenobiotic exposure using larval zebrafish

Journal of Immunotoxicology, 17(1), 94–104.

By: D. Phelps, A. Fletcher n, I. Rodriguez-Nunez n, M. Balik-Meisner n, D. Tokarz n, D. Reif, D. Germolec*, J. Yoder

author keywords: Chemical screen; high throughput; phagocyte; reactive oxygen species (ROS); polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH); endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC); lead
Source: ORCID
Added: May 15, 2020

2019 journal article

Microbiota alter metabolism and mediate neurodevelopmental toxicity of 17β-estradiol

Scientific Reports, 9(1).

By: T. Catron*, A. Swank*, L. Wehmas*, D. Phelps, S. Keely*, N. Brinkman*, J. McCord*, R. Singh* ...

Sources: ORCID, Crossref
Added: September 23, 2019

2019 journal article

Triclosan-selected host-associated microbiota perform xenobiotic biotransformations in larval zebrafish

Toxicological Sciences.

By: D. Phelps

author keywords: microbiome; microbiota; zebrafish; triclosan; triclosan sulfate; toxicokinetics; antimicrobial; antibacterial
Source: ORCID
Added: September 23, 2019

2018 journal article

Host developmental toxicity of BPA and BPA alternatives is inversely related to microbiota disruption in zebrafish

Toxicological Sciences, 10.

By: T. Catron*, S. Keely*, N. Brinkman*, T. Zurlinden*, C. Wood*, J. Wright*, D. Phelps, E. Wheaton* ...

author keywords: microbiome; zebrafish; developmental toxicity; BPA
Source: ORCID
Added: September 23, 2019

2018 journal article

Permissiveness to form pluripotent stem cells may be an evolutionarily derived characteristic in Mus muscuius


By: T. Garbutt, T. Konneker, K. Konganti*, A. Hillhouse*, F. Swift-Haire n, A. Jones n, D. Phelps, D. Aylor, D. Threadgill

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: October 16, 2018

2017 journal article

Development, and genetic and metabolic characterization of new tomato mutants with enhanced and deficient carotenoid content


By: Y. Dan*, G. Yousef, F. Campbell*, D. Phelps, C. Burnett*, A. Kekkonen*, A. Shockley*, M. Lila

author keywords: Carotenoid; lycopene; -carotene; Solanum lycopersicum; mutagenesis
Sources: ORCID, Web Of Science
Added: August 6, 2018

2017 journal article

Microbial colonization is required for normal neurobehavioral development in zebrafish

Scientific Reports.

By: D. Phelps, N. Brinkman*, S. Keely*, E. Anneken*, T. Catron*, D. Betancourt*, C. Wood*, S. Espenschied*, J. Rawls*, T. Tal*

Source: ORCID
Added: September 23, 2019


2023 - present

East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina, US
Postdoctoral Scholar Pharmacology and Toxicology

2022 - 2023

Food Packaging Forum Zurich, Zürich, CH
Independent Consultant

2022 - 2022

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Postdoctoral Research Scholar Molecular Biomedical Sciences

2017 - 2022

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Graduate Research Assistant Molecular Biomedical Sciences

2019 - 2019

Center for Environmental Health Durham, NC, US
Graduate Intern

2016 - 2017

ORISE Fellow at US EPA

2015 - 2015

North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC, US
Undergraduate Research Assistant Prestage Department of Poultry Science

2014 - 2015

North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC, US
Undergraduate Research Assistant Program of Genetics

2011 - 2012

Institute for Sustainable and Renewable Resources Danville, VA, US
Undergraduate Research Assistant


2017 - 2022

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

2012 - 2015

North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC, US
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with Minors in Biotechnology and French Language

2010 - 2012

Danville Community College Danville, VA, US
Associate of Arts and Sciences

Funding History

Funding history based on the linked ORCID record.

grant July 1, 2018 - July 1, 2020
NIH/NCSU Molecular Biology Training Program
National Institutes of Health