Since joining the Agency, I have used marketing and wastewater production data to develop a first-order risk estimate for human pharmaceutical residues present in municipal wastewater, used the risk estimates to prioritize pharmaceutical-related analytes for research monitoring, and led a national study of 50 very large wastewater plants for emerging contaminants, including pharmaceuticals (in progress). I have developed a similar spatially-explicit model to perform nationwide risk assessment for steroidal estrogens originating from municipal wastewater. I have also performed analysis of microarray data from a large (over 150 arrays) toxicity identification and evaluation study for the Elizabeth River, that involved de novo sequencing and microarray development for the organism Ampelisca. I am currently helping conduct a large microarray study to identify molecular indicators of pyrethroid exposure in arthropods and fish. I am also completing exploratory research to identify candidate markers of liver toxin exposure in vertebrates, based on a formal meta-analysis of existing microarray datasets.
Name: Mitch Kostich
Title: Research Biologist
Ecological Exposure Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Environmental Protection Agency
26 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (MD579)
Cincinnati, OH 45268
- Ph.D. in Biology, 1999, Johns Hopkins University
- B.A. in Natural Sciences, 1989, Johns Hopkins University
- Research Biologist, USEPA, ORD/NERL/EERD, 2004 to Present
- Associate Principle Scientist, Schering-Plough Research Institute, 2002 to 2004
- Senior Scientist, Schering-Plough Research Institute, 1998 to 2002
Selected Awards and Honors:
- USEPA, Office of Water. Achievement in Science and Technology. 2009.
- USEPA. Trudy A. Speciner Non-Supervisory Award for Advancing Environmental Protection. 2008.