Originally from Florida, Anastasia has a Bachelors in Biology from the U. of Maryland, College Park and a PhD in Genetics, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture, from Iowa State U.
Her research included use of biotech and breeding to enhance nutritional traits in corn and investigating potential unintended effects of genetic engineering. Anastasia became interested in policy while serving in the graduate student senate at ISU. She's passionate about science policy, especially when it comes to sustainable agriculture and nutrition.
Anastasia is co-founder and Board Member of Biology Fortified, Inc. and co-executive editor of the Biofortified Blog. BFI is an independent non-profit that aims to encourage conversation about agriculture, biotech, food, and related subjects.
Anastasia served as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the US Army. In Seoul, she led a team of specialists in a variety of public health, occupational health, and environmental inspections. At Ft. Meade, she was the program manager for a West Nile virus surveillance program for the north-eastern United States. She also served as a Department of Defense certified pest controller, consulting on integrated pest management methods.
In 2011, Anastasia was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked at the National Institutes of Health. She conducted special projects in science policy, science communication, and legislative affairs. Anastasia currently works for the US Department of Agriculture in the Biotechnology Regulatory Services.
While away from work, Anastasia enjoys reading science fiction, learning and writing about biotechnology, playing board games, spending time with her spouse and furry family (2 cats and 2 dogs) and exploring the Washington, DC area.
Anastasia is the mother of Ada MaryJo, born still but still born on 30 June 2013. A shocking 1 in 4 women are affected by fetal loss, and 1 in 100 suffer through stillbirth. We must break the silence.
Disclaimer: Anastasia's words are her own and do not represent the opinions of her employer or any organization in which she does or does not take part. She is thankful for her freedom of speech granted by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, within the reasonable ethics guidance of her employer. She is not paid by any organization to conduct social media. She is just a crazy scientist who likes talking about science.
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