Areas of expertise: Health Programs, chemical safety
Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a health scientist at EDF focusing on chemicals policy. In this position she leverages her background as a scientist toward improving chemicals statutes and policies.
Ultimately, her work serves to protect public health and the environment from adverse chemical effects through policies that drive safer chemical innovation.
Before her arrival at Environmental Defense Fund, Jennifer was the 2009-2010 American Society for Microbiology/American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow working in the Office of Congresswoman Diana DeGette. While in the DeGette Office she focused primarily on health and consumer related issues ranging from direct-to-consumer genetic testing and food safety to chemical policy reform.
Prior to entering the policy realm, Jennifer was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago, elaborating upon her graduate studies characterizing interactions between the bacteriophage N4 virus and its Escherichia coli host.
Jennifer received a BS in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia (UVA). While an undergraduate, she pursued cancer-related research at UVA and interned at Cell Therapeutics, Inc., where she worked on developing biologically-enhanced chemotherapeutic drug delivery systems.
- PhD, Microbiology, University of Chicago
- BS, Biochemistry, University of Virginia