Jennifer L. Freeman
Jennifer L. Freeman is an associate professor in the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University. Her research interests are to define the underlying genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of toxicity of environmental stressors with a current focus on pesticides, metals, radiation, and emerging contaminants. Her studies are investigating the developmental origin of health and disease pathogenesis with a specific focus on neurological disorders, reproductive dysfunction, cardiovascular function, and cancer with a goal of understanding the role of exposure to the environmental stressors in these adverse health outcomes. She received a PhD in environmental toxicology and molecular cytogenetics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kamel Mansouri is lead computational chemist at Integrated Laboratory Systems. Previously, he was an investigator at ScitoVation. In 2013, he joined the National Center for Computational Toxicology at the US Environmental Protection Agency as an ORISE Post-Doctoral Fellow. He has worked on several projects involving QSAR modeling, cheminformatics, and data-mining, and has collaborated and led projects in the QSAR field with renowned international scientists. Dr. Mansouri obtained an engineering degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Tunis, Tunisia, an MS degree in cheminformatics from the University of Strasbourg, France, and a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Milano Bicocca, Italy.
Carmen Messerlian is a research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research is focused on understanding the impact of environmental chemicals on fertility, pregnancy, and human development. She is currently working on the Environment and Reproductive Health Study, an ongoing prospective preconception cohort established to evaluate environmental and dietary determinants of fertility among couples attending the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center in Boston. She is investigating the effects of phthalates and other emerging chemicals and their mixtures on ovarian reserve, time to pregnancy, pregnancy loss, preterm birth, birthweight, and child development outcomes. Her goal is to understand how exposure to environmental chemicals in the preconception and prenatal periods influences a couple’s ability to achieve conception, maintain pregnancy, and delivery health offspring. Before her research career, she worked on maternal-child public health strategies for municipal, provincial, and global health programs. Dr. Messerlian received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill University.
David M. Reif
David M. Reif is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University and resident member of the Bioinformatics Research Center. His research focuses on the complex interactions between human health and the environment through the integrated analysis of high-dimensional data from diverse sources, including epidemiological studies of human health, high-throughput screening of environmental chemicals, and model organism data. Dr. Reif was previously a Principal Investigator with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Computational Toxicology, where he led several statistical and bioinformatical efforts with federal, academic, and industry partners. He served on the National Academies Committee on Predictive-Toxicology Approaches for Military Assessments of Acute Exposures. Dr. Reif received his PhD in Human Genetics and MS in Statistics from Vanderbilt University and his BS in Biology from the College of William and Mary, where he was a Monroe Scholar.
Gina M. Solomon
Gina M. Solomon is a principal investigator at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She served as the Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2012-2017. Dr. Solomon’s work has spanned a wide array of areas, including children’s environmental health, reproductive toxicity, cumulative impacts, and the use of novel data streams to screen chemicals for toxicity. Her work has also focused on exposure science for air pollutants, pesticides, mold, and metals in soil, and on the health effects of climate change. She was involved in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf oil spill, and the Chevron Richmond explosion and fire, and she successfully spearheaded regulations to improve refinery safety in California. Dr. Solomon has served on multiple boards and committees of the National Academies, the EPA Science Advisory Board, and the National Toxicology Program’s Board of Scientific Counselors. She also serves on the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors Chemical Safety for Sustainability subcommittee. Dr. Solomon received her MD from Yale and completed her MPH and her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine at Harvard.
Chihae Yang is the chief scientific officer of Altamira LLC and managing director and CEO of Molecular Networks GMbH. She is also a visiting professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Ohio State University. Her research interests are in molecular informatics, computational modeling and simulation, and developing chemoinformatics software. Dr. Yang was an ORISE Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration , where she was involved in the design and implementation of the Chemical Risk Estimation and Evaluation System. She is a former board member of the American Society of Cellular and Computational Toxicology. She received her PhD in chemistry from the Ohio State University.