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Jennifer Morningstar, BSChE, PE, CFEI
Chemical Engineer
Mail: PO Box 1608
Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo SC 29063
USA
phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
fax: 803-732-7576
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Jennifer Morningstar, PE, CFEI, is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa and West Virginia, and an NCEES Model Law Engineer. Ms. Morningstar is a member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Background Experience - Ms. Morningstar has 19 years of industrial experience. She spent 16 years working at a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufacturer gaining familiarity with all the unit operations. Her experience includes distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLC). She is an OSHA-trained Process Hazard Analysis study leader and completed Root Cause Failure Analysis training to become an Incident Investigator. Ms. Morningstar authored Lockout / Tagout Procedures and Confined Space Entry Procedures. She also managed capital expansion projects in excess of $1M and then spent 3 years as an energy management consultant in a variety of industries including mineral extraction, pulp & paper, animal harvesting & packaging (including rendering) and grain milling. Ms. Morningstar worked with both natural gas and coal-fired boilers producing saturated steam and super-heated steam for cogeneration. Other processes in her expertise include air compressors, cooling towers, chillers, multi-stage ammonia-based refrigeration systems, waste water treatment and biogas production. Areas of Expertise:

  • Chemical Release and Exposure
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • OSHA Process Safety Management
  • Industrial Accident Investigation
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Lockout / Tagout
  • Scope of Damage / Cost to Repair
10/8/2018 · Chemical Industry
On December 3, 1984, at a pesticide ingredient manufacturing facility owned by Union Carbide, a leak occurred in the Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) plant. Due to the toxic nature of the gases released and the plant's proximity to local residences, the death toll was in the thousands; both plant workers and nearby residents. The first recorded public meeting in response to this incident was on December 9th, in Institute, WV, the site of Union Carbide's only US MIC production unit. Full disclosure: my father was a research & development chemist for Union Carbide and Institute is about 10 miles down the Kanawha River from my hometown of Charleston, WV.

6/27/2018 · Corrosion
When thinking about the safe operation of boilers (and don't we all?), several systems can readily be named; flame control, fuel/air ratio; steam pressure control, levels in the vessel, etc. What about the water? It seems so passive, as long as there is enough for level control, what's the big deal? Well, it turns out, that as the steam produced by a boiler is used in the process, the condensate from that steam is returned to the boiler as feedwater. However, since 100% of the condensate is not returned, whatever solids had been in that water before it evaporated to form steam are left in the remaining water. Fresh feedwater is added to maintain levels, but even fresh water contains some dissolved solids. So over time, the water in the boiler system gets saturated with all sorts of dissolved minerals.

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Dr. Richard Troast
Principal
115 Winchester Lane
Locust Grove VA 22508
USA
phone: 540-972-5967
Dr. Richard Troast, is the Principal for Troast Environmental Consulting (TEC), a multi-component group of retired Federal Scientists specializing in Risk and Exposure Analysis from hazardous chemical releases. Dr. Troast is an expert in lead risk to children and adults. Dr. Troast worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for over 30 years as scientist and manager. He retired as a senior scientist within the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) focusing on control of hazardous waste. He was the recipient of several EPA awards for outstanding contributions during his tenure with the Agency. DR. Troast has been called upon to testify in numerous depositions and trials involving children's health and lead exposure. He has been identified as an expert under Daubert and Frey standards.

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In many cases, the ultimate risk to residents from environmental lead comes from multiple sources. While lead based paint is a key source, lead migrating from outdoor areas can be as toxic as the indoor paint sources. Dr Troast uses the Integrated Exposure Uptake and Biokinetic Model IEUBK Model) as a predictive tool for assessing residences.

The plaintiff was concerned that the residues of toxic metals found in coal ash were causing physical damage to the plaintiff's unborn children and to the plaintiff's ability to have normal children. The plaintiff reported prior attempts to conceive a full-term child were unsuccessful.

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TOXICULL Associates
John P. Bederka, PhD
780 Austin Avenue
Aurora IL 60505
USA
phone: 630-820-0746
fax: 630-820-0755
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TOXICULL Associates provides technical support to industries involving Chemical, Drug and Alcohol, and Environmental Toxicology issues. TOXICULL Associates provides the following consulting services:
  • Therapeutic and Environmental Chemical Exposure Evaluations
  • Site Inspections
  • Health and Environmental Data Acquisition
  • Fire- Assoicated Health Assessments
  • Technical In-service Development
Dr. John P. Bederka, PhD, Director at TOXICULL, has over 30 years of experience as a Toxicologist with specialized knowledge of Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Neuropharmacology. Dr. Bederka served as Section Head of Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring for the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center. His practice covers Occupational Exposure, Residential Exposure, Adverse Health Effects, and Chemical Substances of Abuse.

Dr. Bederka has written extensively on the subjects of chemical, drug and alcohol, and environmental toxicology. His consulting services were called upon for the Exxon Valdez oil spill and his recent work involves chemicals in Hydrofracking Fluids in Shale Gas extraction.

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4184 Johnston Road
Winston GA 30187
USA
phone: 770-359-9807 (office) and 770-359-980 (cell)
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Ted Simon Environemntal Toxicology Expert PhotoTed W. Simon, PhD, DABT, is an award winning Environmental Toxicologist and Scientist. His expertise is in toxicology, risk assessment, mathematical modeling, statistics, neuroscience, and environmental / ecological health issues.

Dr. Simon has over 10 years of experience as a toxicologist employed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He served as EPA’s senior toxicologist in the waste management division working on risk and soil cleanup.

Teaching Experience - Since 2001, Dr. Simon has served as an Instructor / Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health, at the University of Georgia.

Public Speaker - Well published, including the author of a textbook on toxicology and environmental risk assessment, Dr. Simon has extensive national and international public speaking experience. Since 1996, he has been delivering seminars and lectures to universities and national institutes on many subjects within his area of expertise. In 2016, he delivered a lectures on “Bayesian Methods for Application of Uncertainty Factors,” to the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, and “Quantitative Prediction of Phenotypic Change from High Throughput Assay Results,” to the EPA's Workshop on In Vitro to In Vivo Extrapolation, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Litigation Support - Dr. Simon has over 15 years of experience offering expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has been retained over 20 times since 2000 for cases involving environmental risk, drug and alcohol cases, DUI, accidental poisoning, and intellectual property. Dr. Simon has particular expertise in dioxin-like chemicals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). His services include consulting, reports, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Dioxins
  • PCBs
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Poisoning
  • DUI / DWI
  • Water Contamination
  • Soil Contamination
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Food Contamination
  • Pesticides
  • Fracking
  • Lead
  • Marijuana
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Intellectual Property
  • 9/26/2016 · Environment
    The willingness to view risk as part of daily life has vanished. A risk-averse mindset among environmental regulators engenders confusion between the ethics of intention and the ethics of consequence, leading to the elevation of the precautionary principle with unintended and often unfortunate outcomes. Environmental risk assessment is conservative, but the actual level of conservatism cannot be determined. High-end exposure assumptions and current toxicity criteria from the USEPA, based on linear extrapolation for carcinogens and default uncertainty factors for systemic toxicants, obscure the degree of conservatism in risk assessments. Ideally, one could choose a percentile of the target population to include within environmental standards, but this choice is complicated by the food, pharmaceutical and advertising industries, whose activities, inadvertent or not, often promote maladaptive and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

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    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, DSc
    3700 State Street. Suite 350
    Santa Barbara CA 93105
    USA
    phone: 805-880-9301 (Direct) or 805-880-9300 (Office)
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    L. Everett & Associates (LEA), is an Environmental Consulting firm consisting of hydrogeologists, engineers, and geologists who design and manage subsurface site characterization projects and soil and groundwater remediation programs. Their work often entails negotiation with environmental regulatory agencies on behalf of clients. LEA advises clients in the area of:
    • Soil Remediation
    • Groundwater Remediation
    • Vapor Intrusion
    • Water Quality Analysis
  • Environmental Regulatory compliance
  • 3-D Subsurface Visualizations
  • 3-D Modeling Data Analysis
  • GIS Mapping
  • Principal, Lorne G. Everett, PhD, DSc, CGW, PH, PH-GW, BCES, HON.D.WRE, FASCE, FAWRA, FASTM, is an Environmental Consultant with over 40 years of experience in site characterization and remediation of Soils and Groundwater.

    Background - Dr. Everett served as the Chief Scientist at Haley & Aldrich, Shaw Environmental, ARCADIS, and Metcalf & Eddy Inc. He is a retired Professional Researcher (Level VII) in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Past Director of the Vadose Zone Monitoring Laboratory at UCSB. The University of California describes full professor Level VII as “reserved for scholars of great distinction.”

    Dr. Everett is an internationally recognized expert who has conducted extensive research on Subsurface Characterization and Remediation. He is Chairman of the ASTM Task Committee on Groundwater and Vadose Zone Monitoring. He also chaired the Remediation Session of the First USSR/USA Conference on Environmental Hydrogeology (Leningrad, 1990).

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    Dr. Everett has received numerous awards, published over 150 technical papers and reports, holds several patents, developed 11 national ASTM Vadose Zone Monitoring standards and authored and edited over 10 books including: Vadose Zone Monitoring for Hazardous Waste Sites, and Subsurface Migration of Hazardous Waste. His book entitled, Groundwater Monitoring was endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as establishing “the state-of-the-art used by industry today” and was recommended by the World Health Organization for all developing countries.

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    8/3/2017 · Environment
    Starting in the 1940s, the synthetic chemical 1,2,3-TCP or 1,2,3-trichloropropane, was an ingredient in certain soil fumigants that were widely used on farms in California and other states. 1,2,3-TCP is a highly toxic chemical classified as a human carcinogen.

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    This compilation of selected technical papers, contains peer-reviewed papers that were presented at a symposium sponsored by ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock and Subcommittee on Groundwater and Vadose Zone Investigations.
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    The book covers subsurface water exchange between the land and sea as well as groundwater discharge to the seas. It also provides a review of experimental methods and numerical modeling that can be used for the evaluation of specific discharge data and the effect of groundwater on the salt balance of seas and oceans.
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    This publication provides an international perspective on one of the most complex issues in hydrology: field and laboratory measurement of low permeability and dual porosity materials. Eleven peer-reviewed papers, written by an international group of experts, focus on the development of techniques to evaluate hydraulic conductivity and remediation of fine grained and dual porosity geologic materials.
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    Compiled by experienced practitioners, this guide covers topics such as basic principles of vadose zone hydrology and prevalent monitoring techniques. Case studies present actual field experiences for the benefit of the reader. The Handbook provides practitioners with the information they need to fully understand the principles, advantages, and limitations of the monitoring techniques that are available.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD
    This handbook contains specific information on the application of a widely accepted groundwater monitoring methodology, which has been applied to coal and oil shale development sites.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD
    Guidelines and Methodology for Developing and Implementing a Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program
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    Dr. Aaron Hilliard, PhD
    Principal
    10151 Deerwood Park Blvd.Building 200, Suite 250
    Jacksonville FL 32256
    USA
    phone: 904-923-3789
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    Health Matters EMPT is a consulting, and expert witnessing firm specializing in Environmental, Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Toxicological Services. Their focus is on improving business and public health outcomes by providing strategic information and resources to help your business succeed.

    Principal, Dr. Aaron Hilliard, PhD, is an experienced forensic toxicologist with degrees in pharmacology, toxicology, and environmental health. He has worked with local, state and federal regulatory agencies and other industries on a national and international basis. Health Matters EMPT's Consulting Services include:

    Environmetnal Health:
    • Health & Safety Inspections
    • On-site Pre and Post-inspection of Restaurants, Schools, Day Cares, Adult Living Facilities
    • Brownfields
    • Environmental Justice
    Safety:
    • Review Legal Updates from FDA & CDC Health Information
    • On-site Training and Guidance to Exceed OSHA Requirements
    • Safety Training to Prevent Critical Violations
    • Prevent Food Borne Illnesses and Outbreaks
    • Monthly Inspections to Prevent Business Closure
    Medical:
    • Conduct Medical Research and Medical File Review for Personal Injury from Biological, Chemical, Environmental or Pharmaceutical Agents
    Pharmaceutical:
    • Medication Review and Management
    • Litigation Support
    Toxicology:
    • Review of Regulatory Compliance to Local, State, and Federal Laws
    • Forensic Toxicology Sample Collection / Analysis
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    Gerard A, Macri, PhD
    Forensic Chemist
    27 Willow Pkwy
    New Windsor NY 12553
    USA
    phone: 845-742-6967
    fax: 845-561-9291
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    GerardGerard A. Macri, PhD is a Forensic Chemist with 40+ years’ experience and a comprehensive understanding of the physical and/or chemical properties and behavior of various substances to assist in the support and vindication of the client’s claim.

    Gerard Macri & Associates provides expert technical assistance in forensic chemical investigations, technical and scientific analyses of physical and documentary evidence and serve as an expert witness in the areas of sampling, testing, and identification of unknown chemical residues and substances; analysis of chemical reactants, products, and reactivity; causes and origins of violent chemical reactions, fires and explosions, hazardous chemical reactions and incompatible mixture; limits of chemical overexposure risks, sources of chemical contamination in air, soil, water and environment and other chemical investigations.

    Dr. Macri has served as an expert witness for liability claims on behalf of plaintiff / defendant attorneys, as well as insurance companies. Dr. Macri is available to testify in cases involving:
    • Examination/Analysis/Identification of Chemical Forensic Evidence
    • Causation of Chemical Fires, Explosions, and Exothermic Reactions
    • Chemical Overexposure and Injury from Consumer Products
    • Chemical Analyses of Substances Causing a Slip and Fall
    • Hazardous Chemical Reactions of Oxidizers and Flammables/Combustibles Mixtures
    • Estimation of Contaminant Chemical Airborne Concentrations
    • Chemical Overexposure Risk Assessments
    • Cause of Injury from Chemical Consumer Products
    • Warning labels and safety data sheets (SDS) for consumer products
    • Chemical Product Defects and Manufacturer Liability
    • Chemical safety, handling, and storage of flammable, toxic and corrosive chemicals
    • Investigation of Soil, Groundwater, and Storm Water Contamination
    • Compliance with/Violations of Federal EPA and State Environmental Regulations
    10/8/2018 · Chemical Industry
    A slip or trip and fall accident can occur in almost any location, from a wet floor in the grocery store to a dangerously uneven sidewalk. Not every situation gives rise to legal liability, but valid slip and fall claims are filed and settled every year.

    9/10/2018 · Chemical Industry
    Suppose for the moment a noteworthy author published a paper dealing with the chemical properties of a flammable substance (like ethanol) made the following statements

    8/21/2018 · Chemical Industry
    The use of synthetic field turf or grass on athletic and recreational fields has increased significantly over the last 40 years primarily because of their durability and low maintenance. However, agency reports and published literature have heightened the public awareness of the potential health risks associated with the chemical constituents present in these synthetic fields.

    7/27/2018 · Chemical Industry
    Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. The universe of hazardous wastes is large and diverse. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, or contained gases. They can be discrete chemical compounds, mixtures of compounds, or simply have some property that makes them hazardous. In regulatory terms, a hazardous waste is a waste that appears on one of the four RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) hazardous wastes lists (the F-list, K-list, P-list, or U-list) or that exhibits one of the four characteristics of a hazardous waste - ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity.

    In 2002, a violent explosion from inside the basement of a ten-story building in New York City hospitalized 31 people (four critically) and caused extensive damages to the masonry structure. The blast dislodged portions of the basement ceiling and inside walls, collapsed the concrete stairwells and portions of the elevator shaft, and shattered glass windows five stories above ground

    6/15/2018 · Injury
    A New York City pathologist who lived in a Manhattan apartment claimed personal injury from the inhalation of vapors released from a commercially available construction adhesive used in her apartment while she was present. The plaintiff claimed permanent pulmonary distress, asthmatic symptoms, and sensitization to the smell of virtually all other chemicals – including common household chemicals.

    5/21/2018 · Chemical Industry
    Commercial household drain cleaners sold in retail stores around the country contain a combination of fairly aggressive chemicals designed to unclog drains by dissolving grease, hair, food proteins, and other organic waste products.

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    Joel R. Coats, PhD
    524 River Oak Dr.
    Ames IA 50010
    USA
    phone: 515-294-4776; cell: 515-290-1653
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    ENTOX, Inc. was established in 1999 to provide the best possible consulting services to those in need of Insecticide Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology analysis. ENTOX provides technical consulting on all types of:
    • Pesticides and Insect Repellents
    • Synthetic and Botanical Insecticides
    • Acaricides
    • Fumigants
    • Repellents
    • Toxicity
  • Mechanisms of Action
  • Environmental and Comparative Toxicology
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Persistence of Pesticides
  • Movement in the Environment
  • Residue Analysis
  • Joel Coats Entomology Toxicology Expert PhotoJoel R. Coats, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Toxicology in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University.

    Specializing in Insecticide Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology, he has been on the faculty at Iowa State University since 1978 and served as Department Chairman for seven years.

    Dr. Coats’ research program includes two main areas: (1) insect toxicology and (2) environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry of Agrochemicals. His research in the insect toxicology area is focused primarily on natural products as insecticides and insect repellents, including investigations of their spectrum of activity, mechanisms of action, metabolism, synthesis of biorational derivatives and analogs, and quantitative structure-activity relationships.

    Dr. Coats' 200 scientific publications include 10 books, 7 review articles, 40 book chapters, and over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles; he also holds 9 patents. He has received the International Award for Research in Agrochemicals from the American Chemical Society Agrochemical Division, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Coats recently received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    Resistance to conventional pesticides has been growing rapidly among all pests. Furthermore, there is increased public concern about the safety of conventional pesticides, and increased governmental restrictions have resulted in the need to identify new compounds that are safe and effective in controlling pests that are of concern to agriculture as well as to public and animal health. Biopesticides may aid in the control of such pests with fewer deleterious effects to the environment, people and animals.
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    This volume and the contributed chapters therein are a result of the Natural Products for Pest Management symposium held at the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA August 19-23, 2012 to honor the late Horace (Hank) Cutler and his contributions in the field of natural products chemistry. The symposium introduced recent discoveries and applications of natural products from insect, terrestrial plant, microbial, and synthetic sources for the management of insects, weeds, plant pathogenic microbes, and nematodes.
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    The third of three volumes based on the 2nd Pan-Pacific Conference on Pesticide Chemistry, this book examines metabolism and residue analysis methods of environmental pesticides.
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    The first compilation of research on microbial degradation of contaminants in the rhizosphere. Discusses the interactions between microorganisms, plants, and chemicals in the rhizosphere. Examines the degradation of industrial chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pentachlorophenol, and trichloroethylene, as well as the degradation of pesticides in the rhizosphere.
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    This new volume offers comprehensive information on microbial adaptation for pesticide degradation. Among the many topics covered in its 20 chapters are a general description of enhanced biodegradation as it occurs in an agricultural context; the microbial aspects of enhanced biodegradation, including the genetics, biochemistry, and ecology of pesticide-degrading microorganisms; and the potential impact of enhanced degradation on pesticide fate in aquatic systems and groundwater.
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    Lydia M. Contreras, PhD
    Principal Investigator
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, UT-Austin
    Austin TX 78757
    USA
    phone: 512-471-2453
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    Contreras Lab works at the interface of RNA Biology and Systems Biology to solve complex problems in medicine and biotechnology. They apply fundamental concepts that emerge from experimental (and computational) work to develop novel applications that could beneficially impact human health and biotechnology.

    Clients have included:
    • Companies interested in measuring the effect of devices on reducing cellular toxicity from pollutants
    • Companies interested in new technologies for designing/engineering microbial systems to produce new chemicals
    • Pharmaceutical companies looking at nucleic acid drug target candidates to help design better drugs against these targets
    • Government agencies to judge the potential impact of proposals on bioinformatics methods and biotechnologies
    Lydia M. Contreras, PhD, is a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer and Principal Investigator at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Chemical Engineering.

    Dr. Contreras was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow of Infectious Diseases elected by the Division of Developmental Genetics and Bioinformatics at Wadsworth Center-New York State Dept. of Health in Albany, NY. She received training at the world renowned RNA institute in Vienna in Nucleic Acid Biochemistry.

    Dr. Contreras' research focuses on innovating in vivo technologies to understand and design cellular regulation patterns in living systems (e.g. microbes and human cell models) for enhanced production of chemicals, as well as for novel biomarkers of environmental cellular toxicity and biomedical applications.

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