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Autumn Bernal, PhD, Supervising Health Scientist

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Location: Orange County, CA





Dr. Autumn Bernal is a Supervising Health Scientist with over 10 years of experience in toxicological study design, exposure assessment, and human health risk assessment. She has provided consulting support and expertise in cases pertaining to potential risk associated with exposures to asbestos, metals, nanomaterials, combustion products, flavoring chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyl chemicals (PCBs), solvents, and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), such as formaldehyde, methyl ethyl ketone, and acetaldehyde.

Dr. Bernal’s focal areas include litigation support, as well as safety assessments for product development, product liability, and regulatory submissions, including in vitro and in vivo study design, toxicological assessments of chemical mixtures, toxicological assessments of leachable and extractables, computational assessments of chemicals, and exposure assessments. Dr. Bernal has over 25 published studies and abstracts on the topics of consumer psychology, genotoxicity, asbestos, PCBs, drug safety and evaluation, flavoring exposure, e-cigarette topography, aldehyde exposure, toxicological effects of early developmental exposures, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) exposures, and radiation exposure.


  • 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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