Anastasia is a co-founder and Board Member of Biology Fortified, Inc. and co-executive editor of the Biofortified Blog. BFI is an independent 501(c)(3) that aims to encourage conversation about agriculture, biotech, food, and related subjects. She is very interested in the intersection between science and policy when it comes to agriculture; how government policies, biotechnology, crop genetics, farming methods, food storage, and food preparation affect food safety, nutrition, nutrient bioavailability, and related topics.
Originally from Florida, Anastasia has a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a PhD in Genetics, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture, from Iowa State University. Anastasia researched using biotech and breeding to enhance nutritional traits in corn and investigated potential unintended effects of genetic engineering. Prior to completing college, Anastasia served as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the US Army. In Seoul, she led a team of specialists in public health, occupational health, and environmental inspections. At Ft. Meade, she was program manager for a West Nile virus surveillance program for the north-eastern US. She also served as a Department of Defense certified pest controller, consulting on integrated pest management methods.
In 2011, Anastasia was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked at the National Institutes of Health. She conducted special projects in science policy, science communication, and legislative affairs. Anastasia currently works for the US Department of Agriculture in the Biotechnology Regulatory Services.
While away from work, Anastasia enjoys spending time with her family, learning and writing about biotechnology and agriculture, reading science fiction, playing board games, and exploring the Washington, DC area.
Anastasia is the mother of Rose Marie and Ada MaryJo. Ada was born still. A shocking 1 in 4 women are affected by fetal loss, and 1 in 100 suffer through stillbirth. We must break the silence.
Looking for the blog? In 2006, I started Genetic Maize in an attempt to share science based information about GMOs and other science topics. After finding like minded people on the web, I helped found the Biofortified Blog, where you can find my posts along with those of other scientists and experts.