Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, 2003
Professional Affiliations
  • Western Plant Health Association
  • Household & Commercial Products Association

Dr. Van Trump is a microbiologist with a decade of regulatory consulting experience within the pesticide, chemical, and medical device industries. He provides both scientific and regulatory support for the research, development, state/federal registration, and ongoing regulatory compliance of various products regulated by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), including antimicrobial pesticides, conventional agricultural pesticides, biopesticides, and pesticide devices. 

Dr. Van Trump also has experience with the premarket clearance of medical devices such as high-level disinfectants, wound cleansers, and other devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which incorporate antimicrobial technologies.

Dr. Van Trump has a long and successful history of working with clients to create strategic product development plans which integrate both scientific and regulatory considerations. He has assisted clients in all stages of product development, ranging from initial technology screening, through regulatory approval, and into post-approval matters such as product stewardship and defense.

Dr. Van Trump has a strong relationship with many contract research organizations (CROs), and a track record of working closely with laboratories to ensure that standard studies conducted for regulatory purposes meet the applicable acceptability criteria. He also has extensive experience working with clients, CROs, and regulators to develop novel testing strategies for regulated products which cannot be evaluated via standard methods. He is skilled at communicating with regulators and building consensus between clients and regulators. As part of his consensus-building efforts, Dr. Van Trump has engaged both EPA and FDA to help resolve jurisdictional ambiguities for products which may be regulated by one or both authorities.

In addition to working with pesticides and medical devices, Dr. Van Trump provides regulatory, chemistry, and microbiology support for California Proposition 65 compliance, soil and organism permitting under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and food contact notifications for antimicrobial food-contact substances regulated by the FDA. Furthermore, as a trained environmental microbiologist, Dr. Van Trump has a strong academic and research background in (bio)geochemistry and the environmental fate, transport, and biodegradation of compounds. Dr. Van Trump also has experience providing expert testimony on microbiology- and pesticide-related matters.