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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

May 3, 2019

This episode was inspired by Side Hustle Pro Episode 144 where Katonya Breaux, the founder of Unsun Cosmetics, discusses how she started making mineral sunscreen out of having adverse health effects to the harsh chemicals in traditional sunscreen.


I discuss why sunscreen is necessary for everyone regardless of skin complexion and talk about the chemicals that are in sunscreens. The class of active ingredients in sunscreens are called UV filters and they prevent sun damage… However, we should be careful about which UV filters we are using to minimize health risk.


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In this episode, we highlight Korie Grayson.


She graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry where she was a member of multiple honor society and organizations. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered as a tutor and with people with special needs and also pledged Delta Sigma Theta. She continued on to work for a few years then moved on to start her graduate studies at Cornell University. She is currently a biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate.


To learn more about Korie's researcher you can go here.


You can also connect with her on social media

Instagram: @TeamKorie / @Women.Doing.Science

Facebook: @TeamKorie

Twitter: @TeamKorie



Connect with Elissia:


Instagram: @TheResearchHer

Twitter: @TheResearchHer

Facebook: @TheResearchHer


Show sources


Neurotoxic effect of active ingredients in sunscreen products, a contemporary review


Chemical characterization of sunscreens composition and its related potential adverse health effects'


Fate and Toxicity of UV Filters in Marine Environments


Occurrence, Distribution, and Fate of Organic UV Filters in Coral Communities


Impact of inorganic UV filters contained in sunscreen products on tropical


Sunlight and Vitamin D


*Note* I am not an expert in this field. All literature interpretations are from my perspective and do not always reflect the intention of the authors.