Dr. Jeffrey Wolt
Dr. Jeff Wolt is a Professor of Agronomy and Toxicology in the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products at Iowa State University. He is a risk analyst specializing in both food safety and ecological risk assessment and have over 35 years combined experience in environmental and human toxicology in both academia and industry. He has trained and mentored scientists and regulators from throughout the world in principles of toxicological risk assessment as applied to decision- making. I currently direct a research and outreach program centered on risk analysis for new technologies in plant agriculture. My research is focused on understanding the fate and activity of novel plant products in receiving environments and on developing robust approaches for human health and ecological risk assessment of genetically engineered crops. This research tightly integrates with outreach activities that seek to communicate and harmonize policies for risk analysis and regulatory decision making. I have made a wide range of research contributions and have extensively engaged with national and international opinion leaders through training, expert consultation, group facilitation, and presentations. My program has made considerable inroads across the ISU campus instilling risk analysis principles as a means for bridging science to decision making for human and ecological risk assessment in applied biology. This has been accomplished by introducing new student learning opportunities, incorporating risk assessment as a topic in existing courses, presentations, and organization of annual symposia. I have both industrial and academic experience in virtual networks and distance learning. While in industry, I was recognized for my strength in mentoring scientists extending from high school interns to late career senior professionals. My knowledge and insights as to mentoring will be usefully applied to objectives of this project.