George A. Burdock, Ph.D.
President and Founder
George A. Burdock, Ph.D. is President of the toxicology consulting firm Burdock Group, with offices located in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Burdock is an internationally recognized authority on the safety of food ingredients, personal care products and dietary supplements. He has more than 25 years of experience dealing with regulatory issues related to product safety and risk assessment. He has over forty publications in scientific journals and has published three books, three editions of Fenaroli’s Handbook of Flavor Ingredients and the Encyclopedia of Food and Color Additives. He is co-author of the chapter “Food Toxicology” in the 7th edition (current edition) and the previous two editions of Casarett and Doull’s textbook “Toxicology,” the standard textbook and reference book in the field of toxicology. Dr. Burdock is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society for Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, the Society of Toxicology, the American College of Toxicology and the Institute of Food Technologists (Professional Member status).
Ray A. Matulka, Ph.D.
Director of Toxicology
Ray A. Matulka, Ph.D. is the Director of Toxicology at Burdock Group, the leading food-safety consulting firm, headquartered in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Matulka has more than a decade of experience in the analysis of toxicity data and conducting safety and risk assessments. He earned a doctorate in toxicology from the Medical College of Virginia, and has post-doctoral experience at both Boston University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina. He has industry experience at the Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Control and as a senior genetic toxicologist at Genesys Research in North Carolina. He is co-author of two book chapters and has authored 20 publications since obtaining his doctoral degree. Dr. Matulka has experience presenting information to the FDA, USDA and EPA. Among other responsibilities, Dr. Matulka is accountable for the development of consumption analysis and reporting, and offers guidance in strategic scientific business planning and critical decision making to Burdock Group clients in the food ingredient, health and nutrition industries.
Laurie C. Dolan, Ph.D.
Laurie C. Dolan, Ph.D. is a senior toxicologist at Burdock Group, the leading food-safety consulting firm, headquartered in Orlando, Fla. She has more than 20 years of experience in regulatory submissions in the food, chemical, consumer product, device and pharmaceutical industries, and toxicological research. Dr. Dolan earned her Doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Michigan State University in 1988 and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Oregon State University from 1988-1991. She also was employed at Procter & Gamble, Miami Valley Laboratories. Her research at these institutions focused on the role of prostaglandins and oxidative stress in chemical or particle-induced injury to the lung or liver. She was a key member of a team that developed an in vitro assay for assessment of mutations to lung cells after in vivo administration of dusts. Dr. Dolan has published more than 20 scientific journal articles during her career and is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Institute of Food Technologists.
Nancy J. Szabo, Ph.D
For eleven years, Dr. Szabo was Director for the Analytical Toxicology Core Laboratory at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she addressed research and consulting needs in the areas of human, veterinary, and environmental forensics and environmental, agricultural and biomedical sciences for on-campus researchers and off-campus clients. She was also a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine. She currently has forty publications in scientific journals and has co-authored two book chapters. Dr. Szabo is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.