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NanoRelease Consumer Products Steering Committee

Steering Committee Members and Advisors At-A-Glance

Members   Affiliations
Andy Atkinson   Health Canada
Darrell Boverhof, PhD   The Dow Chemical Company
Richard Canady, PhD, DABT   ILSI Research Foundation
Janet Carter, MPH   US Occupational Safety & Health Administration
​Lie Chen Health Canada
Shaun Clancy, PhD   Evonik Degussa Corporation
Cathy Fehrenbacher, MS, CIH   US Environmental Protection Agency
Charles Geraci, PhD   US National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health 
Myriam Hill   Health Canada
Debra L. Kaiser, PhD   US National Institute of Standards & Technology
Barbara Karn, PhD National Science Foundation
​Christopher Kingston, PhD ​National Research Council Canada
Bill Kojola   AFL-CIO
​John Monica Jr Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Vladimir Murashov, PhD   US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Bernd Nowack, PhD ​EMPA
​Philip Sayre, PhD US Environmental Protection Agency
​Jo Anne Shatkin, PhD CLF Ventures
Aleksandr Stefaniak, PhD, CIH US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Yasir Sultan, PhD
Environment Canada
Treye Thomas, PhD   US Consumer Product Safety Commission
​Carolyn Cairns, MPH ​Consumers Union
​Michael Hansen, PhD ​Consumers Union


Member Bios

Andy Atkinson
Head, Nanotechnology Science & Regulations Unit
New Substances Division
Health Canada

Darrell Boverhof, PhD
Senior Toxicology Specialist
The Dow Chemical Company

Dr. Boverhof is a Senior Toxicology Specialist with The Dow Chemical Company's Toxicology & Environmental Research and Consulting group in Midland, MI.  He earned a BSc degree in Biomedical Toxicology from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a PhD in Biochemistry/Toxicology from Michigan State University.  Prior to his graduate work, he was employed as a Scientific Evaluator with Health Canada where he was involved the categorization and evaluation of chemicals on the Canadian Domestic Substances List.  Dr. Boverhof joined Dow in 2006 and is responsible for testing, research, and consulting in the areas of immunotoxicology, respiratory allergy and sensitization, nanotoxicology and toxicogenomics. Dr. Boverhof also serves as a Councilor for the Michigan Society of Toxicology, on the Medical Committee for the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation and on the Editorial Board for Toxicological Sciences. He has authored/coauthored over 20 peer reviewed research publications as well as review articles and book chapters in the area of toxicology and toxicogenomics in addition to co-editing a book on the application of toxicogenomics to risk assessment. Dr. Boverhof also serves as a representative on the American Chemistry Council Nanotechnology Panel.


Richard Canady, PhD, DABT
Director, Center for Risk Science Innovation and Application (RSIA)
ILSI Research Foundation

Dr. Canady recently joined the ILSI Research Foundation as Director of RSIA. He is a leading expert in regulatory risk assessment having led multidisciplinary teams of policy and technical experts in the resolution of a wide range of cutting edge health risk management issues over a 20 year teaching and public policy career that includes genomics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, obesity, contaminants in foods and medical product development.


Janet Carter, MPH
Senior Health Scientist, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
US Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Lie Chen
Senior Chemist/Evaluator
NSACB, Health Canada

Shaun Clancy, PhD
Director, Product Regulatory Services
Evonik Degussa Corporation
Shaun Clancy is Director of Product Regulatory Services for Evonik Degussa Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Evonik Industries of Germany.  Product Regulatory Services provides product safety and regulatory affairs support to many of Evonik’s businesses that operate in North America in collaboration with colleagues located around the world.  He is a chemist and did his undergraduate work at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York and performed his graduate studies at Northwestern University.  With respect to Nanotechnology Dr. Clancy is interested in learning and sharing information needed to ensure that nanoscale materials can be used safely and the impact of this information on chemical control laws and regulations.  Dr. Clancy has been very active in various nanotechnology activities including the BIAC delegation to the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials at the OECD and serves as a member of the US delegation to ISO Technical Committee 229 on Nanotechnologies.  He is a past chair of the American Chemistry Council’s Nanotechnology Panel and represents Evonik on the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates Nanotechnology SME Coalition.

Cathy Fehrenbacher, MS, CIH
Chief, Office of Pollution Protection & Toxics
US Environmental Protection Agency
Cathy Fehrenbacher is the Chief of the Exposure Assessment Branch in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.  She manages the development of tools and models and assessments of potential exposure of consumers, the general public, and the environment (including environmental fate and transport) to chemicals and nanomaterials reviewed by EPA under its New Chemicals Program.  Cathy serves as a US delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Exposure Assessment Task Force and also participates in the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials.  She managed the development of Interim Technical Guidance for assessing screening level fate and transport of, and non-occupational exposure to nanomaterials.  This working document serves as a guide for screening level evaluations of nanomaterials such as those submitted to the Agency for review under EPA’s New Chemicals program.

Charles Geraci, PhD, CIH
Senior Scientist & Coordinator of the Nanotechnology Research Center
US National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health
Dr. Charles Geraci is a Senior Scientist at NIOSH and Coordinator of the Nanotechnology Research Center. He has 35 years of Industrial Hygiene practice experience that has included the federal government, consulting, and private industry.  Dr. Geraci provides overall coordination and strategic guidance to the nanotechnology research program at NIOSH and collaborates internationally with other country programs on various aspects of nanotechnology workplace safety and health. He has authored or co-authored many of the papers that have helped set the direction for proactive thinking in nanotechnology safety and health. Dr. Geraci directly manages a number of nanotechnology projects in the Institute that focus on the development and dissemination of workplace risk management guidelines, including the document “Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology”.  He sponsors the NIOSH nanotechnology field team that is conducting visits to nonmaterial producers and users to characterize exposures, evaluate controls, and develop best practices. Dr. Geraci earned a B.S. in chemistry from the of and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the .  He is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in both the Comprehensive Practice and the Chemical Aspects of Industrial Hygiene and in 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.  Among his professional experiences, Dr. Geraci was Director of a regional laboratory for DataChem Laboratories; Associate Director of HS&E at the Procter & Gamble Company; and Director of Industrial Hygiene for two consulting firms. Dr. Geraci serves as a subject matter expert on various panels and advisory boards, including representing NIOSH on the US NNI  Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee ; several projects in the ISO  Technical Committee on Nanotechnology; and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials.

Myriam Hill
Section Head, Nanotechnology
New Substance Assessment & Control Bureau
Health Canada

Debra L Kaiser, PhD
Chief, Ceramics Division
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Debra L. Kaiser is Chief of the Ceramics Division in the NIST Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory. Her research at NIST as a Staff Member and Group Leader focused on establishing processing-structure-property linkages in thin film and single crystal oxide materials, including high temperature superconductors for energy systems and perovskites for optoelectronic and memory storage devices. For the past four years, Dr. Kaiser has coordinated a NIST-wide partnership with the National Cancer Institute’s Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL), whose mission is to perform preclinical efficacy and toxicity testing of nanoparticles for cancer treatment. NIST’s role in this ongoing partnership is to provide advanced physico-chemical measurement methods, standards, and data on relevant nanoparticles. As part of this project, MSEL led the production of three gold nanoparticle reference material (RM) standards (10 nm, 30 nm, and 60 nm), the first nanoparticle standards for biomedical applications. Dr. Kaiser is also the Technical Coordinator for a NIST-wide Program on the Environmental, Health, and Safety Implications of Engineered Nanomaterials.

Barbara Karn, PhD
Program Director, Environment, Health, Safety of Nanotechnology (NanoEHS)
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems
National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering

​​Christopher T. Kingston, Ph.D.
Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
National Research Council Canada

Bill Kojola
Industrial Hygienist
Bill Kojola is the Industrial Hygienist for the AFL-CIO. With the AFL-CIO, Kojola is responsible for developing strategies for securing new safety and health protections through federal and state regulations; coordinating with affiliates on and leading a unified labor response to proposed OSHA regulations; representing the AFL-CIO before government regulatory agencies, on federal advisory committees, and consensus standard setting efforts; and working with affiliate unions to address emerging workplace hazards and issues. He also provides technical and strategic support to organizing campaigns on safety and health issues. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. degree in Genetics from the University of Minnesota, and studied toxicology and industrial hygiene at the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

John C. Monica, Jr.
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP  

Vladimir Murashov, PhD
Special Assistant on Nanotechnology
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Vladimir Murashov is a Special Assistant on Nanotechnology to the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in Chemistry from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada in 1998 and completed his postdoctoral studies in University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2001. Dr. Murashov is a globally recognized expert in nanotechnology safety and health and serves as a subject matter expert on various panels and advisory boards. Dr. Murashov has been a member of the US Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee and its working groups representing NIOSH since 2004. He leads nanotechnology projects in the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee on Nanotechnology, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials and World Health Organization. He has written numerous articles in the area of computational and experimental materials chemistry and nanotechnology safety and health and edited a book on Nanotechnology Standards.

Bernd Nowack, PhD
Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Group
Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Dr. Bernd Nowack holds an MSc (1992) and a PhD (1995) in environmental sciences from ETH Zürich. He currently is leader of the "Environmental Risk Assessment and Management" group at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and lecturer (Privatdozent) in environmental chemistry at ETH Zurich. His general interest is to study anthropogenic pollutants in the environment and their interactions with biota. He currently works on chances and risks of nanomaterials for environment and society. His research encompasses a wide spectrum of different approaches: investigations on the state of nanotechnology and the application of nanomaterials; development and application of methods and approaches for material flow modeling and environmental risk assessment; and experimental studies about release of nanomaterials from products and on their behavior and effects in the environment. With the combinations of these investigations he aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the chances and risks of nanomaterials for the environment. Bernd Nowack has published 80+ peer-reviewed publications which receive >500 citations/year. He acted as co-advisor of 10 PhD projects and is Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Pollution.

Philip Sayre, PhD
Acting Deputy National Program Director, Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS)
Office of Research and Development / IOAA
US Environmental Protection Agency


Jo Anne Shatkin, PhD
CLF Ventures
Aleksandr Stefaniak, PhD, CIH
US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Yasir Sultan, PhD
Environment Canada

Treye Thomas, PhD
Leader, Chemical Hazards Program of the Office of
Hazard Identification & Reduction
US Consumer Product Safety Commission


Advisor Bios



Carolyn Cairns, MPH
Program Leader, Product Safety
Consumers Union

Michael Hansen, PhD
Senior Scientist, Policy & Advocacy Division
Consumers Union















Phase 1: Nanomaterial Selection (completed)
Phase 2: Methods Evaluation (in progress)
Phase 3: Interlaboratory Studies (late 2012)
Richard Canady, PhD, DABT
Director, RSIA
This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Department of the Environment.

Ce project a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du Gouvernement du Canada agissant par l'entremise du ministère fédéral de l'Environnement.​