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Kelly Salinas, PhD

Contact info: hispanicorgtox@gmail.com

Dr. Kelly Salinas is a human health and environmental toxicologist with over 12 years of proven experience in the field of toxicology. Dr. Salinas has acted as the principal author for several Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Reviews and numerous Provisional Peer-Reviewed Toxicity Value (PPRTV) reports. She has contributed to several other IRIS projects, including support for the next generation polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) prototype assessment and the phthalates epidemiology database. Additionally, she provides support for the EPA Design for the Environment (Safer Chemical Ingredient List [SCIL]). She serves a key role in the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) OH2R2AF Toxicity Workgroup), which is comprised of Regional Risk Assessors, and personnel from OSRTI, the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), and the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). As part of Ms. Salinas’ work with this group, she has contributed to the following efforts: 1) providing documentation supporting the use of the ATSDR intermediate MRL in place of the IRIS RfD for uranium; 2) reconciling instances in which subchronic toxicity values are more conservative that their chronic counterparts in the Regional Screening Levels (RSLs); and 3) creation of a rubric that would serve to evaluate potential Tier 3 values (including state toxicity values) for use in the RSLs.

Dr. Salinas has expertise in molecular biology and toxicogenomics and is responsible for characterizing the risks that chemical agents pose to human health. Under the current contract to support the US Environmental Protection Agency (RAD), Ms. Salinas has contributed (author/quality control) to High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Hazard Characterization (HC) reports, HPV Test Rule 1, 2, 3, and 4 Data Adequacy reports (3 chemicals), Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Hazard Assessment, HPV Information System (HPVIS)/HPV Test Rule Chemical entries, as well as entered and provided QC for numerous data records into the HC and CCD Test Rule databases. She has served as the Task Manager for ChemView for the last several years. In addition, she has performed assessments of Premanufacture Notices (PMNs) and has worked extensively to support Existing Chemicals under TSCA (including, but not limited to screening, evaluation, and extraction of epidemiological, animal, and mechanistic data for priority chemicals). Most recently, Dr. Salinas served as the manager for a task which involved the development of Biotechnology Literature Article and EPA TSCA Biotechnology Submissions Query Databases under the NCEA program (serving to document, in detail, genetically modified microbial systems and the supporting information used to evaluate them).

Dr. Salinas is a mother of three; her family is of Mexican origin. She has lived and worked in Mexico, is fluent in Spanish, and loves the integration of cultures. She has seized opportunities to aid the community; has served as a mentor in numerous STEM-related capacities (Young Women’s Symposium, Corporate Campus Mentoring Program, and STEM Days at SRC, Mentoring Breakfast at SOT), served on the Board of several organizations (including a daycare center and soccer program), and has volunteered for various activities in the community (e.g., Honor Flight). She is also a dedicated athlete (13-time marathoner). As a mother of Hispanic children (including one pursuing a master’s degree in Toxicology/Pharmacology), it is important for Dr. Salinas to ensure that those that have traditionally been underserved have equal opportunities for career growth. Dr. Salinas is a current member of HOT and would like the opportunity to serve in the Board, bridging the Hispanic community and the toxicology community together.

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