Dr. Ann Wylie joins C&IH as a Senior Scientific Advisor

C&IH is excited to announce that Dr. Ann Wylie has joined C&IH as Senior Scientific Advisor. Dr. Wylie is a leading mineralogist in elongate mineral particles (EMPs), asbestos, talc, and other agents with significant implications for human health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology cum laude from Wellesley College and a Doctor of Philosophy in Geology from Columbia University. She is a Distinguished Scholar Teacher and presently holds the title Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland where she first joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1972.

Dr. Wylie’s areas of expertise include mineralogy, optical mineralogy, electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Her work relates to mineralogy and human health with an emphasis on the mineralogical characteristics of amphibole, chrysotile, and other fibrous minerals that have been associated with adverse health effects when inhaled, and the establishment of quantitative and qualitative metrics of the cancer potency of mineral fiber. She has provided consulting for scientific projects and research to both federal government agencies and private industry.

Her work has been published by American Mineralogist, Canadian Mineralogist, Economic Geology, Environmental Research, Journal of American Industrial Hygiene Association, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Journal of Applied Toxicology, Inhalation Toxicology, Computational Toxicology, US Bureau of Mines, Geological Society of America, Environmental Protection Agency, and ASTM. She is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and a member of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the American Geophysical Union.

As Senior Scientific Advisor, Dr. Wylie supports C&IH research initiatives and consulting activities by providing technical expertise on the mineralogical aspects of asbestos toxicology including the role of dimensions in carcinogenicity of elongate mineral particles and the differences between asbestiform and non-asbestiform mineral particles.

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