Elaine Francis, PhD '78
Name: Elaine Francis
Class Year: 1978
Degree, Major: Doctor of Philosophy, Anatomy
What is your current professional position?
I am the President of and consultant with Sandcastle Toxicology Associates.
In your current position, what are your responsibilities/duties?
I conduct and provide independent expert review of health hazard assessments as well as serve on scientific advisory and peer review panels.
What are your current accreditations, memberships or affiliations in your field?
• President of the Teratology Society (birth defects research)
• member of the Society of Toxicology
• member of the JGSBS Alumni Board
Are there any publications you have had or other awards/recognitions you would like to share?
• Thomas Jefferson University College of Graduate Studies Distinguished Alumni Award 2001
• US Environmental Protection Agency - Distinguished Career Award, 1 Gold Medal, 1 Silver Medal, 13 Bronze Medals, Award for Excellence in Regulatory Science
• National EEO Group Award
What are your career accomplishments that you would like to highlight?
I spent over 31 years at the US Environmental Agency, improving the understanding of the role environmental chemicals play in causing adverse developmental and reproductive effects, how they should be assessed and how they can be prevented. I made significant contributions to EPA’s research and regulatory programs. I coordinated the development and implementation of multi-million dollar intramural and extramural research programs in the areas pesticides and industrial chemicals, including endocrine disruptors. I also spent 1991 as a legislative fellow to then-Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, working on pesticides, lead, and children’s issues.
If you could give any advice to a current student in your program or a recent graduate what would it be?
Career paths do not always follow traditional routes. Be willing to explore all opportunities and to create your own. Consider a career as a scientist in the federal government - there are tremendous opportunities across agencies and types of positions - from bench to computational to setting science policy.