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Microplastics Breakfast Lecture Bios & Abstracts

Bridget O’Donnell is Manager of the Raman applications group at HORIBA Scientific, in Piscataway, NJ.  At HORIBA, Bridget manages a talented team of application scientists supporting customer analytical and research needs.  The support and guidance she provides to prospective and existing customers allows them to perform analysis and research at the cutting edge of science and technology.  Her collaborations with key opinion leaders at the University of Toronto, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Southern California Coastal Water Research Project have given her a key insight into the problem of plastic pollution and microplastics.  Prior to her position as manager in the Raman Division, Bridget was an applications scientist with the Optical Spectroscopy Division at HORIBA Scientific, a components group that builds custom optical systems suited to researcher requirements.  Bridget is an accomplished spectroscopist with over 10 years experience in a number of various techniques and instrumentation including infrared, Raman, and photoluminescence spectroscopy.  Bridget holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied weakly bound complexes relevant to chemical processes in the atmosphere.

Abstract: The Detection and Identification of Microplastics

Dr. Phoebe Stapleton is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Dr. Stapleton’s laboratory studies the cardiovascular implications of maternal exposure to nanomaterials during pregnancy, identifying the maternal, fetal, and offspring outcomes associated with these exposures. Most of her work has focused on inhalation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles, but recently Dr. Stapleton had begun to investigate toxicological outcomes associated with nanosized plastic particles.

Abstract: Toxicological Concerns of Microplastics