SMB Faculty Profiles

Steven Sylvester

Steven Sylvester

Associate Professor, WSU Vancouver
Room: VSCI 230D
Office Phone: 360-546-9724
Room: VSCI 205
Lab Phone: 360-546-9724



Research Interests

Reproductive Toxicology

Research Summary

My current research interests center around reproductive processes that are influenced by environmental contaminants and the sources of those contaminants in humans and other animals. We utilize both analytical chemistry (GC/MS, HPLC, AA) and molecular biology (qPCR, DNA bar coding) techniques. Projects include: 1) examining mussels along the Oregon coast for the presence for polybrominated dephenyl ethers; 2) determining the presence of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the prey of declining bull trout populations; 3) identifying pheromones, alarmones, chemoattractants and prey of oyster drills and the use in traps and slow release agents to reduce losses in the oyster reproduction through the use of natural buttering agents; 5) determining the presence of caffeine in lakes and rivers as a measure of anthropogenic influx. We are also examining molecular indices of soil quality from biodynamic farms and vineyards in the Napa Valley.

Select Publications
  • Rodriguez del Rey Z, Granek EF, Sylvester S (2012) Occurrence and concentration of caffeine in Oregon coastal waters.d Mar Pollut Bull. 64(7), 1417-24 PMID: 22647644 PMCID:
  • Sylvester SR, Roy A (2002) A 3’-truncated transferrin messenger RNA expressed in rat testicular germ cells. Biol Reprod. 67(3), 895-9 PMID: 12193400 PMCID:
  • Schultz IR, Sylvester SR. (2001) Stereospecific toxicokinetics of bromochloro- and chlorofluoroacetate: effect of GST-zeta depletion. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 175(2), 104-13 PMID: 11543642 PMCID:
  • Sylvester SR (1995) Leydig cell-Sertoli cell interaction. The Leydig Cell. PMID: PMCID:
  • Sylvester SR, Griswold MD (1995) The reproductive biology of clusterin. Clusterin: Role in vertebrate development, function, and adaptation. Springer Verlag, New York, NY Springer Verlag, New York, NY PMID: PMCID:
  • Sylvester SR (1993) Secretion of transport and binding proteins. The Sertoli cell. Cache River Press, Miami, FL PMID: PMCID:
  • Sherer TT, Sylvester SR, Bull RJ (1993) Differential expression of c-erbA MRNAs in the developing cerebellum and cerebral cortex of the rat Biol Neonate. 63, 26-34 PMID: PMCID:
Washington State University