Christy Ann Barlow Appointed Associate Principal:  Leading toxicology specialist’s scientific expertise to strengthen client services on complex and challenging assignments

NORWOOD, MA— (February 26, 2018) GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), a leading environmental and geotechnical consulting firm, today announced the appointment of Christy Ann Barlow, Ph.D., as Associate Principal. Based out of GZA’s Waukesha, Wisconsin office, she will serve as the manager of toxicology while supporting clients on toxicology issues related to occupational, home, and environmental exposure to chemical and biological agents.

Dr. Barlow is a toxicologist with a wide range of experience in sampling and analysis, toxicology, exposure assessment, and risk assessment of airborne chemicals. She specializes in occupational toxicology, quantitative exposure reconstruction, human health risk assessment, and historical state-of-the-science assessment. Prior to joining GZA, Dr. Barlow was a Managing Health Scientist and Science Advisor at Cardno Chemrisk in Boulder, Colorado, and has held research positions at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Vermont at Burlington, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“With Christy joining GZA’s team of toxicologists, we will expand our ability to provide the highest level of toxicology services to our clients. Christy’s work in asbestos litigation including publications in prestigious scientific journals illustrates her capabilities of serving clients on complex and scientifically challenging assignments,” said Bill Hadge, CEO of GZA.

A Boulder resident, Dr. Barlow earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Eckerd College and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont. Her dissertation work involved several research projects aimed at understanding the role of cellular signaling by oxidant stress and asbestos in the development of asbestos-related diseases. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Dr. Barlow examined the role of an oxidant-regulated poly(A) polymerase in the regulation of polyadenylation of specific mRNAs. More recently, she has been involved in researching, reconstructing dose and exposure, and assessing risk to consumers, communities, and workers exposed to a variety of chemicals. Her experience includes investigating the health effects of exposure to a variety of compounds, including asbestos, talc, silica, sulfidic gases, and biological agents.