Dr. Maricel V. Maffini is an Independent Consultant. She holds a doctorate degree in Biological Sciences. She has more than 25 years of research experience in the fields of carcinogenesis, reproductive biology and endocrine disruption. For the past nine years, Dr. Maffini has conducted research and published on the U.S. food additive regulatory program, conflicts of interest and regulatory science. Her current work focuses on environmental health issues related to chemical safety with special emphasis on food chemicals, risk assessment and science policy. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters. Before becoming a consultant, she was senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council; a senior science officer at The Pew Charitable Trust and a Research Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.