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.
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.
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.
Cheryl (Cherie) Fairfield Estill, Ph.D., P.E. is the deputy Associate Director for Science for the Division of Field Studies and Engineering at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Estill has been conducting field studies in occupational environments for over 30 years at NIOSH. She holds engineering degrees from Purdue University and Virginia Tech and a doctorate in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati. She led the exposure assessment research team in the Field Research Branch which conducted biological monitoring research for occupations exposed to flame retardants, PFAS, bisphenol A, bromopropane, pesticides, phthalates, etc. She chaired the NIOSH Institutional Review Board for several years and coordinated the Services Sector for the National Occupational Research Agenda. Her research projects include measuring exposure to chemicals, biological hazards, noise, and musculoskeletal disorders within many industries including construction, agriculture, beauty salons, appliances, furniture stripping, electronic waste and others.
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.
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.
Dr. Marc A. Nascarella is a health scientist with broad training in public health, toxicology, epidemiology, and exposure science. He currently serves as a full-time graduate faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His professional interests are focused on applied prevention science and how to rapidly translate the best available science into practical tools that inform policy, public health practice, and healthcare delivery. He serves as an advisor to government and non-governmental agencies on approaches to reduce the contribution of environmental contamination to human disease. He has led initiatives focused on building capacity in underserved domestic and international communities, and served as a lead investigator on multiple large-scale biomonitoring studies in the US and abroad. Efforts have largely focused on identifying individuals in residential and occupational settings with a disproportionate burden of exposure to metals. Other efforts include establishing regionally appropriate baseline (population-level) estimates of exposure to PCBs as well as metals and metalloids. In addition to biomonitoring of environmental contaminants, he has conducted biomonitoring studies to characterize baseline levels of marijuana and marijuana metabolites in individuals who regularly consume regulated retail marijuana products. Dr. Nascarella is a certified public health professional (CPH) and has previously served as the State Toxicologist for the Department of Public Health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Angela Ragin-Wilson, PhD, is the Deputy Associate Director for the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she provides support to the ATSDR Associate Director on scientific, programmatic, and management issues. She manages an annual budget of over $70 million has more than 18 years of experience directing and managing multi-disciplinary scientific programs, projects, and project teams. Prior to her current role, she served as Acting Deputy Director in Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences and Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Branch where she managed several high-profile agency projects including the Great Lakes Biomonitoring Program, Navajo Prospective Birth Cohort Study, Camp Lejeune Health Studies and the Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playground and Playing Fields. Dr. Ragin-Wilson began her career at CDC as a team lead in the Division of Laboratory Sciences, Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch, where she developed cutting-edge laboratory methods for improving, and increasing the timeliness and accuracy of domestic and international biomonitoring studies.
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.
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.