1C: The Science Team

Our project science team is made up of research scientists and policy experts from around the country.  See below for details about each team member, or see this Select Publications page for links to some of the relevant work by team members.

Charles Benbrook
Charles Benbrook has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He currently is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University in the UK and previously served as a Research Professor at Washington State University and as the Chief Scientist of The Organic Center. Earlier in his career, he was the Executive Director of the Board on Agriculture in the National Academy of Sciences and the staff director of the Subcommittee on Department [USDA] Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture of the House Committee on Agriculture. He began Benbrook Consulting Services (BCS) in 1990, and continues to carry out projects with a wide range of clients via BCS. Dr. Benbrook can be reached at charlesbenbrook@gmail.com, or by following the links below.
Michael Hansen
Michael Hansen has been a member of Consumers Union science team for more than 20 years, working on food safety issues. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate from Northwestern University. Additionally, Dr. Hansen conducted post-graduate research at the University of Kentucky and field research in Mexico on agricultural biotech and pest management. He works to develop policy, communicate with the public and the media, and testify before government agencies about food safety and environmental health, including pesticide use. Click the link below to see his staff page at Consumers Union.
Irva Hertz-Picciotto
Dr. Hertz-Picciotto is a Professor at the University of California Davis MIND Institute and Director of the NIH-funded UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center. She is an environmental epidemiologist with over 300 scientific publication about human health impacts of environmental and agricultural exposure, including pesticides. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto holds several degrees from the University of Califonia, Berkley including a Ph.D. and M.P.H. in Epidemiology and a M.A. in Biostatistics. Her work has focused on a wide array of health impacts from environmental exposure, including the impact of pesticides on growth and development. In 2011 she received a lifetime achievement award from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. Click the link below to view Dr. Hertz-Picciotto's staff page at UC Davis.
Richard Jackson
Richard Jackson is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a pediatrician who has applied his expertise in environmental health and infectious disease towards public policy, serving a year as the California State Health Officer and almost a decade at the CDC as the Director of the National Center for Environmental Health. He received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco and his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. In recognition of his work, Professor Jackson received the Presidential Distinguished Service award and was elected in 2011 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has played an important role in efforts in California to draft laws to reduce risks from pesticides to farmworkers and children, and worked at the CDC to measure American's chemical levels through biomonitoring. To view Professor Jackson's faculty page at UCLA, click the link below.
Philip Landrigan
Philip Landrigan is Dean of Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a pediatrician and epidemiologist who earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a M.S. in Occupational Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Office at the CDC and directed the national program in occupational epidemiology at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In recognition of his career, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the US Public Health Service, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1987. Over several decades, Dr. Landrigan's work has focused on the impact of environmental threats, including pesticides, on children's health. Click the link below to view his faculty page at Mount Sinai.
Bruce Lanphear
Bruce Lanphear is an epidemiologist that specializes in environmental exposures such as lead and agricultural chemicals. Dr. Lanphear has an M.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a M.P.H. from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He currently serves as a Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, a Professor of Pediatrics at BC Children's Hospital with the University of British Columbia, and an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Lanphear's work focuses on the impacts of fetal and early childhood exposure to environmental neurotoxins including pesticides. For more information, click the link below to view his staff page at Simon Frasier.
Melissa Perry
Melissa Perry is a research professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research with the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University. She received a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology and MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and her BA from the University of Vermont. Prior to joining the staff at George Washington University, she spent over a decade at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is also a past President of the American College of Epidemiology. She has conducted a wide variety of epidemiological studies on occupational injury and disease and the impacts of chemical and physical exposures to reproductive health, including pesticide exposure. To view Dr. Perry's page at George Washington, click the link below.
Routt Reigart
Dr. Reigart is a Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Division of General Pediatrics for the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and served his residency at Children's Hospital Boston in Pediatrics. He is widely considered one of the top experts on pediatric exposure to pesticides and has conducted research on children's environmental health since 1971. Dr. Reigart served as Chair of the EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee, and CDC Chair for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the advisory council of the Children's Environmental Health Network and as President of the Board of Directors of Beyond Pesticides.
Paul Winchester
Paul Winchester is the Medical Director of the NICU at Franciscan St. Francis Health and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Riley Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA from the University of Michigan, and an M.D. from the University of Colorado Medical Center. Along with serving an important medical role at the hospital, Dr. Winchester conducts clinical research on the epidemiology of birth defects, including the affects of prenatal exposure to pesticides. To view his staff profile at Riley Childrens Hospital, click the link below.

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