Jordan Kozal is a Health Scientist II with Cardno ChemRisk. Her principal areas of training and expertise are toxicology and ecotoxicology, as well as human health risk and environmental risk assessment. As a consultant, Dr. Kozal’s primary practice areas include semiconductor chemicals, herbicides/pesticides, microplastics, ethylene oxide, and consumer products. Additionally, Dr. Kozal has studied health effects of exposure to a wide range of industrial chemicals (e.g. lead, asbestos), environmental contaminants (e.g. wildfire smoke, PFAS), nicotine products, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, over the counter drugs, and personal care products. Dr. Kozal has published multiple abstracts and peer-reviewed publications on various toxicology, ecotoxicology, and risk-related topics.
Dr. Kozal completed her PhD in Environment with a Certificate in Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Kozal’s research focused on the role of mitochondria in the maternal and cross-generational toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, with important applications in organismal ecological fitness and insights into human disease etiology. Jordan’s dissertation research and collaborations were interdisciplinary in nature, involving aspects of biochemical and molecular mechanisms of toxicity, effects of chemical mixtures, interactive effects of chemicals and other natural or anthropogenic stressors, and mechanisms and consequences of evolutionary adaptation to chemicals. Jordan also contributed to research investigating the uptake, tissue distribution and toxicity of nanoplastics, as well as their ability to be transferred from mothers to offspring.
During her PhD, Jordan Kozal volunteered a consultant for Duke University’s Environmental Law and Policy working collaboratively with other scientists, medical professionals, attorneys, policy makers, and advocacy organizations on issues pertaining to childhood lead poisoning in NC.
While at Stanford University (BS, Biology), Jordan worked as a research assistant investigating the effects of oil spill events on cardiac physiology of large pelagic fishes including tuna and mackerel. Jordan also worked as a field assistant photographing and deploying acoustic and satellite tags on great white sharks to study their migratory patterns, site fidelity, and population dynamics.