Dr. Andrew F. Olshan
Andrew F. Olshan, Ph.D., is the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also the Associate Director of Population Sciences at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests are the etiology of cancer and reproductive, perinatal, pediatric outcomes. Recent work has focused on the role of environmental exposures, genetic factors, and adverse health effects in children and adults. He directs NIH-funded studies of head and neck cancer, breast cancer, and childhood cancer. He is director of the CDC-funded North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. He has served on several National Academies committees, most recently as co-chair of the Committee to Review the Draft IRIS Assessment on Formaldehyde. He has also served as a member on four prior reviews of the health effects in Vietnam Veterans exposed to agent orange. Dr. Olshan received both is M.S. and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow in medical genetics at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Nancy Berliner
Nancy Berliner, M.D., is chief of the division of hematology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor, Harvard Medical School. Her research focus is gene regulatory pathways of normal white blood cell development and how they are disrupted in leukemia and pre-leukemic syndromes as well as the pathogenesis of the anemia of aging, and benign and malignant hematologic disorders. Most recently, her laboratory has studied the role of cellular stress responses in the disruption of hematopoietic cell differentiation in myelodysplasia. A second focus of her lab is the role of inflammatory cytokines in the anemia of the elderly and in modulating the natural history of myelodysplasia. Dr. Berliner is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine (elected 2010). She received her M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Wendy B. Bernstein
Wendy Bernstein, M.D., is a staff physician in oncology and hematology and chair of scientific review for the department of research programs at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She is also an associate professor of medicine, and an adjunct associate professor of pharmacology and of microbiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Prior to assuming these posts, Dr. Bernstein served as a staff clinician the National Cancer Institute’s Medical Oncology Branch. Her clinical practice and research activities center on hematologic and immune-mediated cancers. Dr. Bernstein is a 28-year veteran of the US Army Medical Corps, from where she retired with the rank of colonel. She received her M.D. from USUHS and is Board certified in internal medicine, oncology, and hematology.
Dr. Aravinda Chakravarti
Aravinda Chakravarti, Ph.D., is professor of medicine, pediatrics, molecular biology, and genetics, and biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has been a key participant and architect of the Human Genome, HapMap and 1000 Genomes project. His research focus is genome-scale analysis of humans and computational analysis of gene variation and function to understand the molecular genetic basis of complex human disease. Dr. Chakravarti’s discovery of genes and pathways contributing to Hirschsprung disease has served as a model for the genetic dissection of other multifactorial human disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, hypertension, and sudden cardiac death. He was president of the American Society of Human Genetics in 2008. Dr. Chakravarti is one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of Genome Research and Annual Reviews of Genomics & Human Genetics, and serves on the boards of numerous international journals, academic societies, the NIH, and biotechnology companies. He received his Ph.D. in human genetics from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. Dr. Chakravarti is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences (elected 2015) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM; elected 2007). He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. Currently he serves on the NAM Council Nominating Committee.
Dr. Lori A. White
Lori A. White, Ph.D., M.S., is an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She received a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Maine, earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth Medical School, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin. She has been active in Gordon Conference programs and was the chairperson for the Mechanisms of Toxicology summer session in 2008. Her past research focused on the elucidation of dioxin’s carcinogenic activity, specifically how TCDD activates the aryl hydrocarbon receptor pathway resulting in altered gene expression in different biologically-relevant targets. In addition to this project, her lab currently uses the zebrafish model to study the neurotoxicological and behavioral effects following exposure to environmental contaminants during development. She served on the Ninth and Tenth Biennial Updates of the Committees to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides.
Dr. Molly Kile
Molly L. Kile, Sc.D. is an associate professor in College of Public Health and Human Sciences of Oregon State University, and director of its Environmental Exposure and Biomarker Lab, and coordinates the program in Environmental & Occupational Health. She has affiliations with the university’s Center for Global Health and is a visiting scholar in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also leads the Community Engagement Core of Oregon State University’s Superfund Basic Research Program, which works in collaboration with Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest to investigate their environmental health concerns and is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science on a research project examining the potential for developmental exposures to influence immune functioning in children. Dr. Kile’s primary research interest is in environmental and molecular epidemiology. Her research has focused on the application of biological markers for studying exposures, and the interaction between host factors (genetic polymorphisms, nutritional status, microbiome, and epigenetic markers) and environmental exposures. She serves as an editor for the Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Dr. Kile received her Ph.D. from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Environmental Health and continued her postdoctoral training at Harvard in molecular epidemiology.
Dr. Beate R. Ritz
Beate R. Ritz, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H is a professor and former Chair of the Epidemiology Department at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she has been a faculty member since 1995. Dr. Ritz holds co-appointments in both the Environmental Health department at the UCLA School of Public Health and in Neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine. She received both her M.D. and her Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Hamburg, Germany in 1987. Dr. Ritz was a research fellow and served in her residency at the Psychiatric University-Hospital in Hamburg. She went on to receive her doctoral training and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology in 1995 from UCLA. Dr. Ritz’s research has focused on environmental toxins and the health effects they may have on birth outcomes, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, cancers and chronic diseases. For the last two decades, she has conducted research on the effects of air pollution on adverse birth outcomes and neurodevelopmental disorders in children who live in Southern California. She also studied the long-term effects of pesticides exposure on Parkinson’s disease and cancer and is working on establishing a Parkinson’s disease registry in California. Dr. Ritz previously served on National Academies’ commitees inlcuding two committees responsible for Gulf War and Health series reports, on the Committee on the Review of the Scientific Literature on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans, and most recently Using 21st Century Science to Improve Risk-Related Evaluations.