Dr. David W. Hobson
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. David Hobson is a Principal at LoneStarPharmTox LLC. and a noted consultant to government and industry on product and technology development issues for dermatologic, wound healing and tissue repair therapeutics. He was formerly Vice President for Research and Development fot Chrysalis Biotechnology; Vice President of Medical Product Research and Development for Healthpoint, Ltd.; Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences at DPT Laboratories Ltd.; Vice President and a Research Fellow at Battelle Memorial Institute; and Director of Applied Toxicology for the Naval Medical Research Institute of the U.S. Navy.
Dr. Hobson is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology and a Nuclear Medicine instructor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He has chaired and presented in nanotoxicology sessions at the Society of Toxicology and the Environmental Mutagen Society with an emphasis on early-stage recognition and resolution of nanotoxicology issues to support a developing and promising industry. Dr. Hobson has authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters on dermatoxicology, gastrointestinal toxicology, pharmacology and toxicology study design, nanomaterials safety, pharmaceutical manufacturing and product formulation, as other aspects of pharmaceutical research and development.
Dr. Hobson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Texas A&M University in Toxicology.
Robin C. Guy, MS, DABT, RQAP (GLP)
Robin C. Guy has been a Toxicology and GLP consultant for more than eight years for Robin Guy Consulting, LLC. She was formerly a toxicologist with Monsanto/The NutraSweet Company/Searle for 19 years. Ms. Guy’s toxicology expertise centers on the safety assessment and regulatory approval of food ingredients and pharmaceutical compounds. She assists companies and employees with Good Laboratory Practice training and consulting, including setting up quality systems for laboratories.
Ms. Guy is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology and a Registered Quality Assurance Professional certified in Good Laboratory Practices. She has authored numerous publications and has presented and chaired symposia at scientific meetings.
Ms. Guy received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees of Science from the University of Illinois.
Robert H. Hurt, Ph.D.
Professor Hurt conducts research on energy and environmental topics with special emphasis on the synthesis, structure, and application of carbon materials and nanomaterials.
- Professor of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI
- Editor, Carbon
- Member of Editorial Board for Combustion and Flame
- 2006 Program Chair for the American Chemical Society Division of Fuel
- Chemistry Technical Program Chair, Carbon 2004
- Editor of Carbon special edition on Nanotoxicology
- Founding member of Nanomaterials Safety Working Group at Brown University
Larry Gibbs, MPH, CIH
Larry Gibbs is Associate Vice-Provost for Environmental Health and Safety at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1992, where he is responsible for all health, safety, and environmental risk management programs in addition to oversight of institutional emergency planning.
Prior to his appointment at Stanford, he held positions with similar responsibility at Yale University, where he also served as adjunct faculty in the School of Public Health, and at the University of Connecticut. He has a graduate degree in chemistry education from Boston University and in industrial hygiene and public health from the University of Michigan.
His work at Stanford University involves health, safety and environmental management oversight of nanotechnology research centers on campus, including the Stanford Nanofabrication Laboratory, a myriad of nanotechnology research conducted in materials science and engineering and at the Stanford medical school. A major element of Mr. Gibbs’ work has focused on issues of risk communication regarding hazardous materials in the workplace and the community.
Mr. Gibbs is a certified industrial hygienist with over 25 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing safety, health and environmental programs for academic, research and clinical institutions. In addition to his work at the universities, he serves as a consultant for industrial, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and government organizations.
He has authored over 25 publications on health, safety and environmental management and co-authored two books.
Mr. Gibbs is active in a number of professional organizations. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Environmental Managers, serves on the Executive Council of the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association, and is active in the American Industrial Hygiene Association, where he founded the AIHA Laboratory Health and Safety Committee.
He recently was elected to Chair-Elect of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and has served on the Board of the American Biological Safety Association.
Nancy Ann Monteiro-Riviere, Ph.D., Fellow ATS
Nancy Monteiro-Riviere joined Kansas State University in August 2012 as Regents Distinguished Research Scholar and a university distinguished professor of anatomy and physiology. She is one of the world's leading researchers in absorption of chemicals and nanomaterials through skin. Monteiro-Riviere holds two patents, has authored two books and 268 publications, manuscripts and book chapters in the fields of skin toxicology, nanotechnology and nanomaterials. She has received more than $13 million in extramural research support as principal investigator from various government and private sources. She also is a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and was recently elected to the academy's board of directors. Previously, at North Carolina State University, she was a professor of investigative dermatology and toxicology in the Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics in the department of clinical sciences.
Monteiro-Riviere is a member of Sigma Xi and Phi Zeta honor societies. She received the inaugural Purdue University Distinguished Women Scholars Award in 2011. Additionally, she served on the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods, on the International Council on Nanotechnology, as well as a NATO workshop on nanomaterial risk assessment.
She was selected to participate in the National Academy of Sciences Keck Future's Initiative Workshop on Nanoscience and the National Research Council's committee reviewing the federal strategy on environmental health and safety research needs of engineered nanoscale materials. She serves on numerous editorial boards for journals in the fields of toxicology, nanotoxicology, nanomedicine and transdermal drug delivery.
Monteiro-Riviere is frequently invited as the leading speaker at professional meetings and has presented 127 keynote speeches to colleagues around the world on nanotoxicology, transdermal drug delivery and related topics. She has offered several national and international workshops and continuing education courses on nanotoxicology. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology cum laude from Stonehill College, North Easton, Mass., and her master's and doctorate in anatomy and cell biology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. She completed two years of postdoctoral work at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology Centers for Health Research (now Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences) in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
- Associate Editor, Nanomedicine: A Multidisciplinary Review
- Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Toxicology
- Society of Toxicology Chemical/Biological Terrorism Resource Registry
- U.S. EPA Scientific Advisory Panel for Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological methods–Advisory to Interagency Coordination Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods
- Health and Environmental Sciences Institure, International Life Sciences Institute Health and Environmental Sciences Institute
- Nanomaterials Safety Subcommittee
- International Life Sciences Institute–Risk Sciences Institute Nanomaterial Toxicity Screening Work Group
Ivonne Rietjens, Ph.D.
Dr. I.M.C.M. Rietjens is a Professor of Toxicology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and engaged in research studies in the area of agrotechnology and food sciences. Most recently, she developed quantitative structure activity models using in vitro and insilico data to predict the in vivo toxicity of chlorinated alkanes to fish.
Dr. Rietjens has been a faculty member in the Bio-Nanotechnology, International Advanced Course, conducted by Wageringen University and has authored or co-authored numerous research articles concerned with the toxicology of food and agricultural products.
James Riviere, DVM, Ph.D.
An internationally known expert in pharmacology, Jim Riviere joins Kansas State University in August as the university's first member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and serves on its Food and Nutrition Board.
Riviere comes to Kansas State University from North Caroline State University, where he was the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and the director of the Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics. His work looks at risk assessment of chemical mixtures, absorption of drugs and chemicals across skin, and the food safety and pharmacokinetics of tissue residues in food producing animals. Riviere holds six patents, has authored/edited 10 books and 490 scholarly publications in pharmacokinetics, toxicology and food safety, and received more than $19 million as principal investigator on extramural research grants. He has mentored dozens of award-winning graduate students.
He is a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Zeta and Sigma Xi honoraries, and has served on the Science Board of the Food and Drug Administration. He currently is chair of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Strengthening Core Elements of Regulatory Systems in Developing Countries. Among his honors are the 1991 Ebert Prize from the American Pharmaceutical Association, the Harvey W. Wiley Medal and FDA Commissioner's Special Citation, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Association of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology. The editor of the Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Riviere is co-founder and co-director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank -- or FARAD -- program.
His current research interests relate to the development of animal models; applying biomathematics to problems in toxicology, including the risk assessment of chemical mixtures, pharmacokinetics, absorption of drugs and chemicals across skin; and the food safety and pharmacokinetics of tissue residues in food-producing animals.
He has served as director of North Carolina State University's Graduate Program in Biomathematics and has been a mentor to dozens of graduate students. Riviere earned his bachelor's degree in biology summa cum laude and a master's degree in endocrinology with distinction from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. He earned a DVM and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Purdue University. He was awarded an honorary D.Sc. from Purdue in 2007.
Stephen M. Roberts, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Roberts is Director of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology at the University of Florida. He also is a professor with joint appointments in the Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the College of Medicine.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1977 and subsequently completed a National Institutes of Health individual postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics at the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY. He previously served on the faculties of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati and the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. Roberts has an active research program funded by the NIH to examine mechanisms of toxicity, primarily involving the liver and immune system. His teaching responsibilities at the University of Florida include graduate courses in toxicology and risk assessment, as well as invited lectures in other graduate and professional courses.
Dr. Roberts is an advisor to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on issues pertaining to toxicology and risk assessment. He also serves on the Committee on Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soils and Sediments for the National Research Council and on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Toxicology Program.
- Editorial Board, Toxicology and Applied Toxicology
- Editorial Board, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment
- Editorial Board, Nonlinearity in Biology-Toxicology-Medicine
Michael H. DePledge, Ph.D.
Michael Depledge holds the Chair of Environment and Human Health at the Peninsula Medical School (Universities of Exeter and Plymouth), Devon, UK. He is a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, a board member of Natural England and Visiting Professor both at the Department of Zoology, Oxford University (2007-ongoing) and the School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Imperial College, London, UK (2002-ongoing). He is also Strategic Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster.
Professor Depledge was educated at Westfield College, University of London where he gained a First Class Honours degree in Biological Sciences, (1975) and a PhD in the toxicology of marine organisms (1978). As a post-doctoral research fellow at the Brompton Hospital, London he studied lung damage in the severely ill. Later, as a clinical scientist at the Royal Marsden Hospital, he investigated toxicity associated with whole body irradiation and bone marrow transplantation used in the treatment of leukaemia (1979-1982). In 1982 he became Lecturer in Physiology at the medical school of the University of Hong Kong and in 1987 was appointed to the first Chair of Ecotoxicology in Europe at Odense University, Denmark aged 33 years. In 1994 he returned to the UK to take up the Chair of Marine Biology and Ecotoxicology at the University of Plymouth. He was the founding Director of the Plymouth Environmental Research Centre in 1996. Professor Depledge was invited to become the Chief Scientific Advisor of the UK Government’s Environment Agency in September 2002. After a 4 year term in which he produced the Agency’s first ever Science Strategy and created a Europe-wide partnership among the science departments of EU member state environment agencies, he returned to academia to take up his current Chair. At the same time he became Senior Science Advisor at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (the latter until Sept, 2007).
Professor Depledge has published more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers in leading international journals and books. He was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree by the University of London (1996) in recognition of major scientific contributions to the fields of comparative toxicology and medical toxicology. Since 1990 he has been an expert advisor on marine pollution to the United Nations, working in Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Vietnam and several other countries to develop the RAMP (Rapid Assessment of Marine Pollution) programme for UNEP’s Global Oceans Observing System (GOOS). He also serves as an expert advisor to the World Health Organisation (2001- ongoing). He was Honorary Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA (1998 to 2004), and is a former Keeley Visiting Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford University.
Professor Depledge was a board member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) from 2002 to 2006, and is a former member of UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisors Committee (CSAC) and the Science and Society Champions Network. He was a member of the Royal Society’s task force on “Ground level ozone in the 21st Century” and is currently chairman of the Science Advisory Group for Environment and Climate Change in DG-Research, European Commission in Brussels.
Professor Depledge has given several hundred lectures at international conferences, workshops, universities and research institutes over the past 30 years, to a wide range of audiences.