Amelia Romoser, PhD, DABT
Dr. Amelia Romoser is a board-certified toxicologist (DABT) experienced in occupational toxicology and human health risk assessment. Most recently, Dr. Romoser worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center, where her primary roles were to assess the hazards associated with payload and systems chemicals, respond to emergency chemical releases on the International Space Station, perform human health risk assessments, and develop air and water exposure limits for various chemicals (including volatiles, metals in dust, etc.) in spacesuits and vehicles. She also informed astronauts about chemical hazards in their environment and met frequently with international partners about International Space Station air quality, including details of contaminant control, monitoring, and personal protective equipment.
Dr. Romoser earned a B.S. in Bioenvironmental Sciences (Summa Cum Laude), then a Ph.D. in Toxicology from Texas A&M University. Her doctoral studies involved the characterization of metal and carbon-based nanoparticle physicochemical properties and inflammatory processes elicited by these materials in primary human cells. Amelia was then recruited as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to assist with teaching a food toxicology course, direct human clinical intervention trials in Texas and Africa, and manage research in rodents, cattle, and aquatic organisms. These studies were designed to test the ability of clay-based materials to effectively reduce inflammation and mycotoxin bioavailability via enterosorption.
Following her postdoctoral assignment, she began a fellowship at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, where she gained additional knowledge of cutting edge analytical chemistry techniques to develop methods for detection of novel synthetic drugs in postmortem samples. Dr. Romoser also learned to interpret drug and alcohol casework and trained in courtroom procedure.
Dr. Romoser has published approximately 40 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and abstracts on various toxicology-related topics. She is also the recipient of multiple awards, some of which include the NASA Jonhson Space Center Director’s Innovation Group Achievement Award for Commercial Crew Program Support (2017), the Society of Toxicology Nanotoxicology Specialty Section Best Publication (2013), the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award (2012), and the Women in Science and Engineering Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Excellence in Research (2011).
Doctorate of Philosophy in Toxicology, 2012, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Bachelor of Science in Bioenvironmental Sciences, 2008, (Summa Cum Laude)