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George A. Burdock, Ph.D.
President and Founder

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George A. Burdock, Ph.D. is the president of Burdock Group. Dr. Burdock is an internationally recognized authority on the safety of food ingredients, dietary supplements, personal care products, pet food and animal feed.  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, over fifty invited presentations and has published three books, four 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 8th edition (current edition) and the previous three editions of Casarett and Doull’s textbook “Toxicology,” the standard graduate 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 several professional societies including, but not limited to 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
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Ray A. Matulka, Ph.D. is the Director of Toxicology at Burdock Group. 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.
Senior Toxicologist

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Laurie C. Dolan, Ph.D. is a senior toxicologist at Burdock Group. Dr. Dolan 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.

Alex L. LeBeau, Ph.D.
Toxicologist
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Alex L. LeBeau, Ph.D. is a toxicologist at Burdock Group. Dr. LeBeau has over seven years of experience in conducting exposure assessments, including evaluating exposure claims, biomarker evaluations, and assessments of toxicological outcomes. Dr. LeBeau has experience in conducting human health risk assessments of contaminated sites using United States federal and local regulatory guidance and he has evaluated and monitored remediation activities at contaminated facilities. He has also been involved in consumer product safety assessments and has provided litigation support on a number of occupational and environmental exposure claims. Dr. LeBeau is the author of three chapters that review the toxicology of manganese, platinum, and platinum group elements for an updated edition of an industrial toxicology reference book.  Dr. LeBeau holds a Ph.D. degree and a MPH degree in Toxicology and Risk Assessment from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, and a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.  He is an active member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).