Biography

Ms. Melinda Donnell is a Senior Associate Health Scientist II with Cardno ChemRisk. She completed her Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Environmental Health Sciences & Policy from George Washington University in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. For her graduate thesis research, she studied the effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on oxidative stress in mice brain. Additionally, she contributed to a project in which she evaluated the EPA’s use of the database uncertainty factor (UFD) in their risk assessment model. Her primary areas of training and interest include evaluating and understanding the toxicology, potential exposure, and hazard and risk to consumers and in occupational settings associated with various chemicals, including per- and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS), chemicals associated with electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), chemicals found in consumer products and foods, and chemicals listed on the Proposition 65 list of carcinogens. In her current position, Melinda manages litigation casework, performs quantitative exposure assessments, conducts comprehensive literature reviews, and supports electronic cigarette research.

Professional Associations

  • Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • Society of Toxicology (SOT)