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 Expert  724866

Expert in Toxicology, Environmental Medicine, Biochemistry, Cancer Causation, DNA Damage & Repair, Genetics, Arsenic, Metals

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
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Expert has published about 120 articles, mostly on metal carcinogenesis and environmental toxicology, with an emphasis on arsenic. She was first to report on the comutagenicity of arsenic and later developed the only animal model of arsenic-induced skin cancer. She established that arsenic compounds affect the genetic mutation process in unconventional ways, such as inhibition of DNA repair. She participated in the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) review of the carcinogenicity of metals, Lyon, France, 1993 and again in 2004. Expert organized and chaired the session on mechanisms of carcinogenesis at the NIH/EPA meeting “Arsenic: Health Effects, Mechanisms of Action, and Research Issues”. She was co-organizer of the First, Second, and Third International Meetings on Molecular Mechanisms of Metal Toxicity and Carcinogenicity. In 2003, Expert edited a Special Issue of Mutation Research devoted to Metals and Carcinogenesis. She was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (arsenic) for the USEPA. She has been a consultant and expert witness for the legal profession.

chemical toxicology


environmental medicine




cancer causation


toxic chemical


genetic mutation process


molecular toxicology


cancer pathology

In other research, Expert studied the toxicology of environmental agents such as ultraviolet light, chromium, nickel, and other metals. Expert has been an expert witness in food contamination.

food contamination


environmental toxicology

Expert has served on a number of Federal Committees to determine risk and mechanism of toxicity of a number of toxicants. She has also consulted for industry and for the legal profession on issues of toxicology. Expert has served on the Chemical Pathology Study Section (NIH), the National Toxicology Program Study Section, the American Cancer Society Study Section (Genetics), twice on the Environmental Health Sciences Review Committee (NIEHS), on NIH Small Business Grants (Genetics) study section, and on the Metabolic Pathology Study Section (NIH). She served on the editorial boards of Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, Mutation Research, Molecular Toxicology, and Teratogenesis, Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis, and is a reviewer for many other journals as well as Federal documents.



environmental health



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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Hartford, Connecticut;  and Springfield, Massachusetts.

Often requested
with this expert:

Toxicology, Cyanide, Toxic Metals, Environmental Health,...
Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics, Industrial Hygiene,...
Causation Analysis, Product Safety, and Litigation Support
Medical Toxicology, Emergency Medicine, Occupational...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1968   Ph.D.   Basic Medical Sciences   NYU School of medicine  
1965     Biochemistry   Brandeis University  
1964   A.B.   Biology/Chemistry   N.Y.U. College of Arts and Sciences  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1971 to




Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine




She is a Principle Investigator on research grants from the NIH, EPA, and other agencies, having published over 120 articles on environmental causes of disease. Her research focus is on metals and radiation and deals mainly with cancer. She also teaches, acts as an editor of scientific journals, and serves on federal and international committees that evaluate causes of disease.

1969 to 1971


NYU School of medicine


Dept. of Pathology


Postdoctoral Fellow


Research on liver tumors in rats, under mentor Dr. Frederick Becker, chief of Pathology at Bellevue Hospital.

Career Accomplishments:

She is a member of: Society of Toxicology, Environmental Mutagen Society, and American Chemical Society.

Professional Appointments

Director, Molecular and Department of Environmental Medicine 1993-2001 Genetic Toxicology New York University School of Medicine; Director, Molecular Toxicology Department of Environmental Medicine 2001-2006 and Carcinogenesis New York University School of Medicine.

Chairperson, Graduate Student Recruitment Committee, Department of Environmental Medicine, Expert's Firm, 1986-1989. Peer Reviewer, USEPA document on Arsenic, 1986.

Councilor, Metal Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2003-2005.


Woman of Achievement, Orange County, NY (2002)

Publications and Patents Summary

She has 120 published full length papers and book chapters and many more abstracts.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Environmental Toxicants: Human Exposure and their Health Effects  
 - Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology  
 - Carcinogenesis  
 - Toxicological Sciences  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1980 to 1985   National Institutes of Health   Member, study section   She served as a member of the National Institute of She served as a member of the Environmental Health Sciences Special Study Section, which reviews Center grants, Program Projects, and Training Grants.
1993 to 1996   National Institutes of Health   Member, study section   She served as a Member of the Metabolic Pathology Study Section, which reviewed Research Grants.
2007 to 2007   Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)   Peer-reviewer   She reviewed the Draft Provisional Peer-Reviewed Toxicity Value Manuscript for Antimony (Soluble Compounds and Antimony Trioxide).
2005 to 2006   USEPA   Science Advisory Board   She was a Member of the USEPA Science Advisory Board on Arsenic.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • She wrote background papers on the role of arsenic compounds in human disease (risk assessments) for a class action lawsuit involving environmental arsenic exposure. In this case, she worked for the defense, and was able to show that the various diseases listed by plaintiffs were not associated with arsenic exposure, but had other causes.
  • For the plaintiff in a case of food contamination causing chemical burn to the mouth, she developed a PowerPoint presentation showing that, contrary to defense's position, there was a very substantial level of contaminant that was enough to cause the burn.
  • She analyzed whether a particular exposure scenario might have contributed to the lung disease in a plaintiff who, it was claimed, had an immune deficiency. She showed that, in fact, the alleged immune deficiency had not been proved.
  • She advised on a case of childhood exposure to a contaminated playground, and examined data of the chemicals found. Among these chemicals were three that had a causal link to the disease in the plaintiff. (Still ongoing).
  • She arranged to have an attorneys office tested for x-ray leakage from a chemotherapy office downstairs. The results showed that there was no leakage.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
She has been an expert witness in a case involving chemically-induced damage to an individual by a contaminant. She has also served as a "behind the scenes" expert in a number of cases involving environmental and occupational exposures to toxicants. She has prepared reviews on toxicants and causes of diseases written for the lay audience, and has responded to statements by the opposing Toxicologist, as well as given depositions.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert witnesses regarding cancer caused by arsenic on arsenic causing cancer litigation.
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  • Urology expert bladder cancer litigation for consulting on Opinion in Bladder Cancer Case from Occupational Chemical Exposures.
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  • "Expert witness" directory wood dust collector for consulting on Wood Dust.
  • Arsenic expert for consulting on allegation of arsenic in roach control product applied in apartment house.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
France   At various times, she served on a World health Organization expert panel (International Agency for Research on Cancer) that met at their headquarters in Lyon, France. The purpose of these panels was to determine whether specific chemicals should be considered human carcinogens.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   She has slight proficiency in reading and speaking French.

Market Research:
Has some knowledge of preclinical testing for pharmaceuticals.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Developed the first graduate course in Genetic Toxicology in the New York metropolitan area. This deals with effects of environmental agents on genes. Developed and taught a course for patent lawyers on Recombinant DNA. Organized the Hudson Valley Science cafe.

Other Skills and Services

Her special expertise is writing about scientific and medical issues for the lay person. She has published many text book chapters on toxicants. She has great skill in developing PowerPoint presentations that explain scientific ideas to a lay audience, including juries.


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