Dr. Marquea King is the Director of the Office of Scientific Quality Review (OSQR) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS). She communicates and enforces Agency policy and requirements regarding the quality peer review over three distinct programmatic areas. The classification of nearly 1500 research scientists, the review of 690 intramural research projects, and the retrospective review of 16 national programs. Marquea completed her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Delaware State University and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, where she was trained in immunotoxicology and heavy metals. She began her career with the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in Washington, DC in 2002 as a research toxicologist. She has been a member of SOT since 1999 and is a past president of the Toxicologists of African Origin as well as a participant in the Committee for Diversity Initiatives; past chair of the Undergraduate Consortium Task Force; 15+ ToxScholar visits. She is also a member of the Hispanic Organization of Toxicologists, Women in Toxicology, and her regional chapter area. She is actively involved in community outreach and mentoring and is often sought after as a motivational speaker. She is actively involved in community outreach and mentoring. She is the board Vice-President at her local Boys & Girls Club as well as an invited speaker at various universities giving guidance and advice to graduate and undergraduate students. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and a hands-on mother of three zealous sons.
Dr. Marquea King is mentoring Lily Hoang.