Kurunthachalam Kannan is Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. Previously, he served as the deputy director of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health. Dr. Kannan’s research interests are in understanding sources, pathways and distribution of persistent organic pollutants in the environment. Recent research is focused on human biomonitoring and exposure assessment. He is known for his work on the discovery of perfluorochemicals in the global environment. Dr. Kannan has received several awards and honors through his career, including the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s Weston F. Roy Environmental Chemistry award. He has published over 650 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and served as the editor-in-chief of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India and his Ph.D. from Ehime University in Japan.
Gloria Post is a Research Scientist in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP’s) Division of Science and Research. Since 2006, she has been a member of the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute, an advisory body established by New Jersey law to recommend drinking water standards to NJDEP. Dr. Post has contributed to the human health basis of drinking water standards for many well-known drinking water contaminants including volatile organics, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), arsenic, radon, perchlorate, 1,2,3-trichloropropane, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Dr. Post has focused on the evaluation of PFAS in drinking water for over 15 years, and she was a major contributor to the human health risk assessments used as the basis for New Jersey’s drinking water Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). In 2010, she was the first recipient of the NJDEP Gail P. Carter Memorial Award for a major contribution to environmental science and/or use of scientific expertise to improve New Jersey’s environment, and she received this award again in 2014. In 2014, she received the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association annual award for ongoing contributions to drinking water research, and in 2020, she received the New Jersey State Public Service Recognition Award for the Governor’s Team of Excellence for commitment to public service by leading by example and helping to make New Jersey a fairer and stronger place to live and work. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Dr. Post holds an A.B. with honors in biochemical sciences from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University, and she did post-doctoral research at Duke University.
Laurel Schaider is a research scientist at Silent Spring Institute, where she leads the Institute’s Cape Cod water quality research on PFAS and other contaminants of emerging concern. Her areas of expertise include environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, exposure assessment, and community-engaged research. She is a leader in characterizing sources and exposures related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pharmaceuticals, and other unregulated drinking water contaminants. Her current research focuses on: PFAS in drinking water and consumer products; septic systems as sources of unregulated drinking water contaminants; and disparities in drinking water quality in relation to socioeconomic status of communities across the United States. She is the lead investigator of PFAS-REACH (Research, Education, and Action for Community Health) and lead investigator for one of seven projects in the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) PFAS Multi-Site Health Study. She also co-leads the Community Engagement Core for the University of Rhode Island STEEP (Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs) Superfund Research Program. She is a technical advisor to ATSDR’s Community Assistance Panel at the Pease Tradeport, a site of PFAS drinking water contamination. Before joining Silent Spring, she was a research associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she studied heavy metal contamination at an abandoned mining site in rural Oklahoma and led a community-based participatory research project on mercury exposure among rural Oklahoma anglers, including members of local Native American tribes. Dr. Schaider earned her B.S. in environmental engineering science from MIT, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Elsie Sunderland is an Environmental Chemist and the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Harvard University with expertise in the fate and transport of contaminants, human exposure modeling, and risk analysis. She holds faculty appointments in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She is a faculty associate in the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Her research group focuses on how releases of persistent environmental contaminants are transformed by the physical environment and biological processes and how this affects human exposures and risk of adverse health outcomes. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she spent 5 years working to inform environmental policy decisions with best-available science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in various offices. Her work at EPA included regulatory impact assessments and development of guidance on how best to use environmental models to inform regulatory decisions. Her recent work has focused on characterizing diverse exposure sources for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), including drinking water and seafood, and developing chemometric indicators for source attribution. Her group has developed and applied physiologically based toxicokinetic models for a variety of pollutants to interpret exposure data and evaluate the importance of different sources for diverse human populations. She is a project leader for a NIH funded Superfund Center on Sources, Transport, Exposure, and Effects of PFASs led by the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Sunderland has received EPA’s Highest Level Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, the EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, the Smith Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, and the Harvard Star Family Award for promising scientific research. Dr. Sunderland received her Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from Simon Fraser University.
Thomas F. Webster
Thomas F. Webster is Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Webster’s current main research area is in the health effects of exposure to mixtures. He and his collaborators examine this problem via development and application methods in epidemiology, toxicology, exposure science, statistics and mathematical modeling. A second major research area concerns exposure routes and health effects of perfluoroalkyl substances and semivolatile organic compounds such as flame retardants and plasticizers. Dr. Webster served on the National Academies Committee on Fluoride in Drinking Water and the Committee on Making Best Use of the Agent Orange Exposure Reconstruction Model. Dr. Webster received his B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Sc.D. from Boston University School of Public Health.
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