Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Toxicology, University of Rochester, 2012
  • M.S., Toxicology, University of Rochester, 2009
  • B.S., Biotechnology, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2007
Licenses & Certifications
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT)
Academic Appointments
  • University of Rochester, Biomedical Engineering, Guest Instructor
Professional Honors
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Achievement Award from the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group, Society of Toxicology, 2015Best Postdoctoral Abstract Award from the Mixtures Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2015
  • Best Poster Award, 8th Conference on Metal Toxicity & Carcinogenesis, 2014
  • Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section Postdoctoral Award, Society of Toxicology, 2014
  • William F. Neuman Award and Scholarship for exemplary scholarship and citizenship, University of Rochester, 2011
  • New Investigator of the Month, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 2011
  • Excellence in Research Award given to the top 3 student abstracts, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 2010
  • Toxicology Scholar Award, given to the most promising incoming graduate student, University of Rochester, 2007-2009
Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Toxicology (2010-present)
    • Medical Device and Combination Product Specialty Section (Executive Committee Councilor, 2018-2020)
    • Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section
    • Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section (served as postdoctoral representative, 2014-2015)
    • Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section
    • Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group
    • National Capital Region Chapter of SOT (2022-present)
    • Allegheny-Erie Regional Chapter of SOT (2013-2015)
  • American Board of Toxicology, Diplomate (2016-present)
  • ASTM International (2018-2021)
  • American College of Toxicology (2016-2021)
  • Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (2015-present)
  • American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (2008-2012)
  • American Thoracic Society (2008-2009)

Dr. Badding is a board-certified toxicologist and specializes in the toxicological evaluation of chemical exposures and their impacts on human health. Her expertise includes risk assessments for a variety of substances and exposure scenarios, such as agrochemicals, metals, extractable and leachable substances, particulates, and pharmaceuticals.

She has conducted evaluations of biocompatibility for medical devices and consumer products and has been involved in assisting clients with regulatory strategies for product testing, including data gap analysis. She also has over 8 years of laboratory research experience in molecular biology and toxicology with an emphasis on metal particulates, including nanoparticles, both in cell culture and rodent models of pulmonary injury.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Badding held the position of Associate Service Fellow at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH), where she performed laboratory research to evaluate the toxicity of particles encountered in the occupational environment. Her work focused on elucidating the mechanisms of particle-related respiratory toxicity for emerging occupational diseases and communicating these findings to multidisciplinary teams for their incorporation into risk and exposure assessments. Dr. Badding received her Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Rochester in 2012. Her doctoral work focused on maximizing the intracellular trafficking of plasmid DNA for successful gene transfer. Her thesis work helped to reveal how the microtubule network, transcription factors, and nuclear import proteins play a role in cytoplasmic plasmid transport during non-viral gene therapy.

Dr. Badding is an active member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and Women's Council on Energy, and the Environment (WCEE), and a past member of ASTM International, the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and the American Thoracic Society.