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Autumn Bernal, PhD, Senior Health Scientist

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Location: Orange County, CA





Dr. Autumn Bernal is a Senior Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk.  Her principal areas of training and expertise include human health risk assessment and toxicology, including the study of epigenetic changes that occur during development in response to nutritional, chemical, or physical exposures, such as ionizing radiation. 

Dr. Bernal completed her PhD in Genetics and Integrated Toxicology at Duke University, where she managed a research project that defined the dose-dependent epigenetic response to low-dose ionizing radiation. During her doctoral work, Dr. Bernal also contributed to the analysis of liver toxicity and regeneration in the Medaka fish model, the effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure on mitochondrial P450s in killifish, and detection of toxicant-induced mitochondrial DNA damage in c. elegans.

Since joining the Cardno ChemRisk team in July 2012, Dr. Bernal has used her expertise to provide technical and litigation support in assessing health effects associated with occupational and non-occupational exposures to asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), solvents, and nanomaterials.


  • PhD, Genetics and Integrated Toxicology, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2012
  • BS, Biology and Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2004

Professional Associations

  • Society of Toxicology (SOT)
  • North Carolina SOT
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Genetic and Environmental Mutagenesis Society

Awards/Professional Honors

  • Department of Energy Student Speaker Travel Award (2010, 2011); Department of Energy Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD
  • University Scholar Fellowship (2007-2011); Duke University, Durham, NC
  • James B. Duke Fellowship, (2007-2011); Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Duke Endowment Fellowship (2007-2011); Duke University, Durham, NC
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Locations: Orange County, CA

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