Determining Relevant Low-Level Chemical Exposures for Safety Assessments of Consumer Products—Organizer Biosketches

Organizing Committee Members (Select Members)

Wolfgang Dekant, PhD
University of Wuerzburg, Germany


Dr. Wolfgang Dekant is Professor of Toxicology at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Würzburg since 1992. He is involved in international toxicology research projects as well as advisory services and collaborates with the relevant authorities and organisations, including the EU, the WHO, the US EPA, the Federal Environment Agency and federal ministries. He is also responsible for numerous scientific publications as an author and editor.  

Suzanne Compton Fitzpatrick, PhD, DABT, ERT
US FDA-CFSAN, United States


Dr. Fitzpatrick is the Senior Science Advisor for Toxicology in the Office of the Center Director at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug Administration. She is the US FDA lead for both Tox 21 and ICCVAM and oversee the toxicology research for foods. She chaired the committee that wrote the US FDA Predictive Toxicology Roadmap.

Eddy Goelen, MSc Eng
VITO, Belgium


Eddy Goelen, MSc, is project and business development manager at VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), Unit Environmental Risk & Health.
Has more than 25 years of research experience in air quality and exposure measurements, risk assessments, environment and health related studies. Coordinated several European research projects. He is a member of ISIAQ, BSOH and CEN working groups. Expert for the Belgian Laboratory Accreditation System and registered referee for Scientific Journals. Former Chairman of the Belgian Superior Health Council working group on indoor environment.

Bruno Hubesch, PhD
European Chemical Industry Council, Belgium


Dr Bruno Hubesch holds a Master degree in Nuclear Chemistry and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and did postdoctoral research in investigative radiology at the Faculty of Medecine of the University of California, San Francisco, on magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques for metabolic imaging in human brain. He then joined Procter & Gamble, Fabric & Home Care R&D, where he worked as a Product Development scientist. He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, mostly in medical and toxicology journals, and the holder of 24 granted invention patents. Since 2009, he manages the human and environmental chemical safety research programme (LRI) for the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) in Brussels. Incorporated in Belgium in 2013 under the consultancy platform Hubesch Consult BVBA, he provides scientific services for industry, agencies, small companies/organisations. 

Kristin Isaacs, PhD


Dr. Kristin Isaacs is a Research Physical Scientist in the National Exposure Research Laboratory of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). Since 2014, she has co-led ORD’s Rapid Exposure and Dosimetry (ExpoCast) project under its Chemical Safety for Sustainability National Research Program. Her research interests include high-throughput approaches for predicting chemical use profiles and consumer exposures.  She provides scientific advice and support to EPA Program and Regional Offices and collaborates with other federal agencies, state and international government bodies, and academic partners. Kristin received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2002 from Vanderbilt University for research in quantitative physiology, in which she developed modeling and analysis methods for circulatory and pharmacokinetic systems. She received additional training at EPA as a postdoctoral researcher modeling lung dosimetry and pharmacokinetics of inhaled pollutants. She joined EPA as a researcher in 2010.

Marusia Popovech, PhD, MPH
ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc. United States


Dr. Popovech is a Senior Toxicologist with ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc., where she leads toxicology assessments for a diverse slate of globally branded products and company operations. She received her doctorate in Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis from New York University, and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Lindau Nobel Laureates Young Researcher Award from The Nobel Foundation. Dr. Popovech received her master’s degree in Public Health, with a focus in Molecular Toxicology from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Popovech currently serves as a member of the Mineral Hydrocarbon Task Force of CONCAWE and as a member of the Health Research Group of the American Petroleum Institute (API). She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Toxicology. Dr. Popovech is an active member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) through her service as Vice President of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Specialty Section and as an active member of The Toxicology Forum.  

Amy Roe, PhD, DABT
Procter & Gamble Company. United States


Dr. Roe has over 20 years of experience as a practicing toxicologist in government, pharmaceutical and consumer product industries, through positions at both the U.S. FDA (NCTR) and The Procter & Gamble Company.  Her professional experience is in general, descriptive, and regulatory toxicology as well as specialized expertise in drug/xenobiotic metabolism and pharmacokinetics.  She is well-recognized externally in her field as evidenced by her service on professional boards and committees including Executive Member (Secretary) of the American Board of Toxicology and USP Dietary Supplement Expert Committee (Co-chair).  Dr. Roe has also served the SOT over the years in various capacities at both the regional and national levels.  She currently serves on the SOT Education Sub-committee and Nominating Committee, and currently serves as Vice-President Elect for the Regulatory & Safety Evaluation Specialty Section.    


Diederik Schowanek, PhD
Procter & Gamble Company, Belgium


Diederik Schowanek holds a MS degree in Bio-Engineering (1983) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering (1991) from Gent University, Belgium.  He is currently Principal Scientist in the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Organisation (ESS) of Procter & Gamble’s Brussels Innovation Centre (B.I.C.), Belgium.  His work involves the strategic planning, design and management of  safety and sustainability activities of P&G, and the European chemical industry.  He has built an internationally recognised expertise in the domains of Chemical Management and Product Stewardship, Risk Assessment (ERA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).