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 (9)

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* ...

Source: ORCID
Added: May 8, 2021

2020 article

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


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

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

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* ...

Source: ORCID
Added: September 23, 2019

2018 journal article

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

Scientific Reports, 8(1).

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

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: October 16, 2018

2017 journal article

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

The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 3(5), 1–9.

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

Sources: ORCID, NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2017 journal article

Microbial colonization is required for normal neurobehavioral development in zebrafish

Scientific Reports, 7(1).

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


2022 - present

Food Packaging Forum Zurich, Zürich, CH
Independent Consultant

2017 - 2022

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Graduate Research Assistant

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