Anastasia is a Board Member of Biology Fortified, Inc. BFI is an independent 501(c)(3) that aims to encourage conversation about agriculture, biotech, food, and related subjects. She is very interested in the intersection between science and policy when it comes to agriculture.
Originally from Florida, Anastasia has a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland and a PhD in Genetics, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture, from Iowa State. Anastasia researched using biotech and breeding to enhance nutritional traits in corn and investigated potential unintended effects of genetic engineering.
Prior to completing college, Anastasia served as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the US Army. In Seoul, she led a team of specialists in public health, occupational health, and environmental inspections. At Ft. Meade, she was program manager for a West Nile virus surveillance program for the north-eastern US. 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 spending time with her family, learning and writing about biotechnology and agriculture, reading science fiction, playing board games, and exploring the Washington, DC area.
Anastasia is the mother of Rose Marie and Ada MaryJo. Ada was born still. 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. Any mention of a product is for educational purposes and is not an endorsement. She is not paid by anyone to conduct social media. She is just a crazy scientist who likes talking about science.
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