Kenneth Aldous, PhD, is director emeritus of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health. He also serves on the Faculty of Wadsworth School of Laboratory Sciences and is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany's School of Public Health. After receiving his PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from Imperial College, London, he came to the US for a postdoctoral position at Albany Medical College; while there Dr. Aldous initiated a research program developing trace element clinical testing assays for the Division of Laboratories and Research (now Wadsworth) at the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Aldous has over 45 years of experience in environmental and clinical measurement, with a primary focus on the chemical characterization of environmental toxicants in biological tissues and fluids that allow evaluation of their sources, pathways and associated health risks resulting from exposure.
Antonia Calafat, PhD, is the chief of the Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She earned a Doctoral Chemistry degree from the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain) and was a Fulbright Scholar before joining CDC. She now leads CDC’s biomonitoring programs related to pesticides; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; flame retardants including polybrominated diphenyl ethers; persistent organic pollutants (e.g., per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, furans, and biphenyls); and chemicals added to consumer and personal-care products (e.g., phthalates, bisphenol A, triclosan, parabens). Dr. Calafat fosters fruitful collaborations with leading exposure scientists, toxicologists, epidemiologists and other health scientists.
Henry Anderson, MD, recently retired from his positions as State Environmental and Occupational Disease Epidemiologist and Chief Medical Officer in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Department of Health Services which he held since 1980. He holds adjunct professorships in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health and at the Center for Human Studies at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Environmental Studies. Dr. Anderson has conducted public health population surveillance and numerous epidemiological studies using biomarkers of chemical exposure, working closely with multiple public health laboratories, and authored over 275 publications.
David Balshaw, PhD, is Chief of the Exposure, Response, and Technology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Sciences. His doctoral work in Pharmacology and Biophysics at the University of Cincinnati was followed by postdoctoral research in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Balshaw joined the National Institutes of Health as a Program Officer, initially at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and transferring to NIEHS in 2003. During his time at NIEHS he has developed and overseen many of the Institute’s efforts in developing novel approaches for exposure assessment including the Exposure Biology Program and efforts to implement the exposome including the Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource.
Heidi Bojes, PhD, MPH, is the director of the Environmental Epidemiology and Disease Registries section for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She received a MPH in Environmental Science and Engineering and a PhD in Toxicology both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Texas at Austin and at Medical Research Council, University of Leicester, in Leicester, England. She has over 20 years of service in public health, including overseeing state registries for birth defects, and cancer, child and adult elevated blood lead levels, and pesticide poisonings. She has conducted environmental epidemiological and toxicological studies.
Zhihua (Tina) Fan, PhD, is the Director of Environmental and Chemical Laboratory Services at the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH). Prior to joining the NJDOH in 2014, she was an associate professor in the Exposure Science Division of Rutgers University's Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. She has extensive experience in exposure science, environmental health, environmental sampling and analysis. She has published more than 40 scientific research articles, five book chapters/invited articles, more than 50 presentations at a variety of scientific conferences. Dr. Fan currently serves on the US EPA Science Advisory Board and the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.
Carin Huset, PhD, is a research scientist in the Biomonitoring and Emerging Contaminants Unit of the Environmental Chemistry Section at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Public Health Laboratory (PHL) in St. Paul. She works on the development and implementation of new analytical methods and also coordinates with PHL partners to plan, design and implement biomonitoring projects. Carin earned a BA in Chemistry from the College of St. Catherine and her PhD from the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University. She started at MDH in 2008 after postdoctoral work at the University of South Carolina.
Danelle Lobdell, PhD, is an epidemiologist with the EPA in the Office of Research and Development. She received her MS in Natural Sciences and her PhD in Epidemiology and Community Medicine from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Dr. Lobdell’s current research involves the development of environmental public health indicators that can be tracked over time. She recently publically released the Environmental Quality Index 2000-2005 for all counties in the US. She also has several research projects funded through the Regional Applied Research Effort that focus on the EPA’s regional research needs for communities. Dr. Lobdell has a strong research interest in the area of reproductive, perinatal, and children’s health outcomes.
Marc Nascarella, PhD, is a quantitative health scientist with broad training in toxicology, exposure science and epidemiology. He serves as the chief toxicologist and director of the Environmental Toxicology Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where he is responsible for translating health science research and surveillance into evidence-based guidance to inform regulatory policy and public health interventions. Dr. Nascarella is responsible for directing the quantitative evaluation of the public health impact of environmental chemicals in food, environmental media, biological specimens and consumer products in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Jessica Reiner, PhD, is a research chemist and program coordinator in the Chemical Sciences Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She earned her doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany and was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Protection Agency. She has worked in determining chemical contaminant concentrations in sediment, water, food, biota, and humans, helping to determine potential exposure pathways, sources, distribution, and fate of these chemicals. Presently, her research is focused on the improvement of analytical measurements of chemicals of emerging concern (chlorinated, brominated, and fluorinated organic compounds) through the certification of reference materials, methods development, and other quality assurance activities.
Dale Shoemaker, PhD, is a research chemist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Shoemaker received a BS in chemistry from Heidelberg College and a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. During his tenure at NIOSH, about 19 years were spent developing biomonitoring methods for looking at worker exposure to a variety of herbicides, as well as a number of antineoplastic agents; the last six years have been dedicated to the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods Team, which recently published its Fifth Edition. While away from work, Dr. Shoemaker enjoys being a SAY soccer referee, singing baritone in the Southern Gateway Chorus, playing and watching sports of all sorts.
Capt. Fuyuen Yip, PhD is the Acting Branch Chief of the Environmental Health Tracking Branch, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects (EHHE), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), CDC. Prior to this position, she lead the Air Pollution and Asthma Epidemiology Team in the Air Pollution Respiratory Health Branch, NCEH, CDC. She received her MPH from Yale University School of Public Health and PhD in environmental health science from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health.