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Expert in Microbial Contamination Issues

Expert ID: 725892 Tennessee, USA

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Expert is an expert microbial investigator. He has 10 years of experience as a professional microbiology consultant in the commercial, residential and manufacturing sectors. His lab and team can perform diagnostics with microbial contaminates and manufacturing facilities.

He served as an expert in both mold litigation and microbial contamination cases. With his lab and experience he is able to work for many clients in regards to many different aspects.

Expert has conducted on-site assessments of cosmetic manufacturing plants to identify sources of contamination for micro-sensitive product lines. He has helped companies implement sampling and contamination control SOPs into their quality systems and meet the QC specification of their clients. Products prone to contamination from environmental microbial reservoirs include, face creams, shampoos, sunscreen and body lotions.

Expert also specializes as a consultant to the Germ Free or Gnotobiotic industry in the capacity to identify source contamination, improve or develop quality systems and reduce break rate for a given product.

Expert is experienced in the design of environmental microbiology laboratories. Previously, he has designed, hired personnel, purchased equipment and supplies, and managed two successful commercial-testing environmental microbiology laboratories. He has implemented ISO 17025 quality systems and successfully accredited laboratories under the American Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. He has over 10 years experience as a laboratory technical director and laboratory manager.

Expert has conducted extensive field research programs in both academic and commercial settings. Projects included monitoring of a variety of environmental soil and air properties and sample analysis.

Expert has extensive training in fungal spore structure, identification and detection. He has been issued a patent for a novel fluorescent technology that uses a molecular probe to detect mold spores from dust and air samples.

Expert's masters research focused on the fungal genus Fusarium and population genetics and vectors of Fusarium moniliforme.

Identifying the source of microbial contamination in micro-sensitive cosmetic manufacturing plants and writing mitigation specifications.Determining the period of time soft woods have been saturated with water indoors associated with rate of fungal decay and frequency of flooding events.Evaluation of Binary Ionization Technology for reducing or elimination microbial contamination in indoor environments, food processing, crop storage and greenhouse production. Identifiying the source of microbial contamination in pigmented inks used for printing.Identifying the source of microbial induced corrosion in a nuclear holding tank and writing specifications to mitigate bioflims and correct the corrosion problem.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Knoxville, Tennessee - Chattanooga, Tennessee - Johnson City, Tennessee - Asheville, North Carolina

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: BS Subject: Biological Sciences Institution: California University of Pennsylvania
Year: 1996 Degree: MS Subject: Plant Pathology Institution: Iowa State University
Year: 2002 Degree: PhD Subject: Microbiology Institution: Texas Tech University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President/Technical Director Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2005 to 2006 Employer: MDDS Inc Title: CSO Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: Microbial Insights, Inc Title: Laboratory Director Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2002 to 2003 Employer: Texas Tech University Title: Statistician Department: Wildlife Range and Fisheries Responsibilities:
Years: 1998 to 2002 Employer: Texas Tech University Title: Graduate Research Assistantship Department: Biological Sciences Responsibilities:
Years: 1996 to 1998 Employer: United States Department of Agriculture Title: Laboratory Analyst Department: ARS Responsibilities:
Years: 1993 to 1996 Employer: Iowa State Univesity Title: Graduate Research Assistantship Department: Plant Pathology Responsibilities:
Years: 1991 to 1993 Employer: California University of Pennsylvania Title: Undergraduate Research Assistantship Department: Biological Sciences Responsibilities:

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2009 to Present Agency: U.S. ARMY Role: Supplier Description: Expert provides the US. Army with high quality spore suspensions of mold spores for research purposes.
Years: 2007 to Present Agency: Department of Energy Role: Consultant Description: Expert serves as an investigative consulting to the DOE related to indoor air quality issues at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Years: 2010 to Present Agency: NIOSH/CDC Role: Research Description: Expert serves as a research collaborator with NIOSH/CDC in order to bring rapid microbial detection technologies to the marketplace.
Years: 2008 to Present Agency: USDA Role: Principle Investigator Description: Expert is a principle investigator on SBIR grants received from the USDA to build a commercial real-time formaldehyde detection system for the manufactured wood industry.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: England Summary: Expert conducted research to evaluate and improve the efficacy of effusion lamps for a European company. The objective was to improve the effusion method and enhance efficacy against bacteria, mold, smoke, and allergens, while decreasing the overall concentration of volatile organic compounds produced by the product.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Country / Region: Sweden Summary: Expert developed a rapid PCR based assay to detect keystone species of mold that are associated with indoor air quality issues in the region of Sweden that was to be serviced by a large inspection firm.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
AIHA, IAQA, ASM, ASHRAE, ASTM
Professional Appointments
Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 1 patent, 15 publications and two future book chapters.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has served on both the behalf of defendant and plaintiffs. He has spearheaded the scientific discovery phase of class action suits as a non-testifying consultant for both American and international companies. His ability to manage and identify key scientists and professionals to conduct research, review materials and testify on behalf of the client ensures a superior defense against alleged microbial causation. He has also provided written and trial testimony as an expert witness in environmental mold exposure suites. He has been engaged as an expert witness by pharmaceutical companies involved in lawsuits with microbial-contaminated products. He has served on behalf of plaintiffs to identify low level microbial contamination in FDA products approved for consumption.
Training / Seminars
Expert has developed and currently teaches a Certified Mold Inspection course based on DNA detection technology. He also teaches various training courses throughout the year to industrial hygienists, school plant managers, safety personnel, and health care workers on issues of environmental microbiology.
Vendor Selection
Expert has designed and supervised the construction of two microbiology laboratories. This includes sourcing vendors and suppliers for all equipment and consumables. In addition both laboratories operations and quality systems were designed to specifications of ISO 17025.
Marketing Experience
Expert has provide expert environmental microbial contamination consultation to FDA approved manufactures of medical tests. He has conducted on-site inspections for large cosmetic manufactures and pharama owned hatcheries. He has also provided laboratory-based development tools for Japanese manufactures of microbial detection systems; antimicrobial paint coatings, and a variety of novel antimicrobial technologies. He has conducted efficacy challenges for a variety of antimicrobial and antifungal products to be used in the indoor air quality industry.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is a skilled microscopist and photographer. His microbial photos are used in a several taxonomic keys and published books. He is skilled in fluorescent chemistry specifally dealing with the detection of microorganisms. He is also a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at a major university.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Chinese Expert has limited skills in reading and speaking Mandarin Chinese. However, he employes Ms. Wu Jing who is fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin and serves as his interperter when required.

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