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Washington Professors Appointed to EPA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana and Dr. John Kissel, environmental health experts from the University of Washington School of Public Health, were appointed to serve on the new Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


[Photo: Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana (left) and Dr. John Kissel]

Dr. Sathyanarayana is an adjunct associate professor in the School’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and an associate professor of pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine. Her research focuses on exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals, including phthalates and bisphenol A, and their impact on reproductive development.

Dr. Kissel, professor emeritus at Washington, is an environmental engineer whose research focuses on human exposure to environmental contaminants. His work emphasizes exposures related to waste management, agriculture and residential use of pesticides and consumer products.

The 18-member committee will provide independent scientific advice and recommendations to the EPA on implementing the new chemical regulations under the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, which became law last year, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act.

“Implementation of this act will be critical for protecting the public from harmful chemical exposures,” Dr. Sathyanarayana says. SACC will advise on the scientific basis for risk assessments, methodologies and pollution prevention measures and approaches for chemicals regulated under the laws.

To learn more about Dr. Sathyanarayana’s research, visit

To learn more about Dr. Kissel’s research, visit