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Council Staff - Kirsten S. Dorans, ScD

Dr. Kirsten S. Dorans serves as a Science Policy Fellow with the Gulf Research Program of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, working with the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

Originally from New Jersey, Kirsten received her undergraduate degree in bio-organic chemistry from McGill University. She subsequently completed science communication and policy internships at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the American Chemical Society, and Nature Medicine. She then worked as an assistant editor at a Nature Publishing Group journal. Kirsten received a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2016. As a doctoral student, she studied the association of outdoor air pollution exposure with atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque in arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Kirsten is interested in better understanding the link between the environment and human health, communicating science to the public, and helping to develop public policies that are rooted in sound science.

Major Awards and Honors
American Medical Writers Association Awards (2)
Science Undergraduate Research Award Recipient for Summer Research in Chemistry
Frederic J. LeMaistre and Herbert J. Brennen Scholarship Awards
Merck Fellowship Recipient for Summer Research in Chemistry