Dr. Maricel V. Maffini is an Independent Consultant based in Maryland, US. She has more than 25 years of research experience in the fields of carcinogenesis and breast cancer in particular, reproductive biology and endocrine disruption. For the past 10 years, her work has focused on the safety and regulation of chemicals in food and the decision-making process behind them. 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. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, blogs and book chapters.