Emerging Contaminants conference

Panelists

Thomas Burton - PFAS Research and Policy Lead, Green Science Policy Institute
Thomas Bruton received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at UC Berkeley, where his research focused on using in-situ chemical oxidation for remediation of chemical contaminants, including PFAS, in soil and groundwater. In 2017, Tom joined the Green Science Policy Institute, which works collaboratively with partners in academia, government, business, and the nonprofit sector to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in products. Tom currently leads the Institute’s research and policy work on PFAS. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers on PFAS, and is frequently interviewed by the news media.

Iseult Lynch - Professor and Chair of Environmental Nanosciences at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
Professor Iseult Lynch is Chair of Environmental Nanosciences at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from University College Dublin. She undertook postdoctoral training in Lund University, applying a range of biophysical methods to assess the interaction of proteins with thermo-responsive hydrogel nanoparticles, leading to the concept of the nanoparticle protein (biomolecule) corona. Her current research focusses on developing a molecular level understanding and predicting the dynamics of the biomolecule corona (proteins, polysaccharides and small molecules/metabolites) and its consequences for nanoparticle and microplastics' human and environmental health and safety. She is an Associate Editor for Environmental Science: Nano, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and leads the UoB Institute of Global Innovation theme on Environmental Pollution Solutions. She has published over 120 papers, with a h-index of 56 (Google Scholar, Jan 2019) and was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher (cross-field) in 2018.

Yujie Men - Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Yujie Men is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University. Before she joined UIUC in 2016, she worked as a postdoc scientist in environmental chemistry at Eawag, Switzerland. Her research focuses on engineering applications of environmental microbiology and microbial ecology principles, such as bioremediation of environmental organic contaminants, sustainable wastewater treatment and resource recovery.

Katie Nyquist - Principal Planner for the Contaminants of Emerging Concern Initiative at the Minnesota Department of Health
Katie Nyquist is a Principal Planner for the Contaminants of Emerging Concern Initiative at the Minnesota Department of Health. Katie’s work focuses specifically at the intersection of science communication, environmental engagement, and public health. She enjoys using what we learn through the biophysical data and social science data to mutually support the health of people and the health of ecosystems. She has a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota and a degree in political science and psychology from North Dakota State University.

Heiko Schoenfuss - Director of Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory and Professor of Anatomy at St. Cloud State University
Dr. Schoenfuss is the director of the St. Cloud State University Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory and a professor of anatomy. His research on contaminants of emerging concern has identified links between treated wastewater effluent discharge and compromised fish health, between septic discharge and reduced reproduction in lake fish, and between stormwater discharge and environmental contaminant loads. Dr. Schoenfuss chairs the SETAC Endocrine Disruptor Testing and Risk Assessment Steering Committee and has served on the EPA Science Advisory Board.

Krista Wigginton - Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan
Krista Rule Wigginton received a B.S. degree in chemistry (2001) at the University of Idaho, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering (2004, 2008) at Virginia Tech under the guidance of Prof. Peter Vikesland. After conducting her postdoctoral research at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland (2008-2010) under the guidance of Prof. Tamar Kohn, she joined the faculty of the University of Maryland, College Park (2011-2012) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Currently an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, her research team focuses on the mechanistic fate of viruses in treatment processes, and on improving virus detection in water. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award and Paul L. Busch Award.

Moderator: Patrice Charlebois - Outreach Program Leader at Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Pat leads the development, expansion, and delivery of science-based outreach programming that helps communities and individuals make informed choices when managing and interacting with our natural resources. She helps connect IISG’s specialists with scientists and potential partners and enhances our existing partnerships with Illinois Extension, Purdue Extension, and the Prairie Research Institute. Before becoming our program leader, Pat was IISG’s aquatic invasive species outreach specialist and coordinator for over 20 years. She received both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology with a concentration in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Notre Dame.