Rebecca Wilken

Rebecca Wilken, M.S.

Senior Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
District of Columbia

Ms. Wilken is a Regulatory Scientist who works to support clients in registering and marketing pesticide products throughout the US and Canada. Prior to her work at Exponent, Ms. Wilken served as a National Study Coordinator at the VA Boston Healthcare System. There, she facilitated clinical research scientists in carrying out a large, multi-site research study, and supported the publication of a book chapter and scientific reports. With more than six years of research experience in both clinical and basic scientific research, Ms. Wilken has extensive experience conducting comprehensive literature searches and analyzing scientific data. She is engaged in supporting interdisciplinary research efforts and bridging information gaps between the research community and public entities.

Ms. Wilken’s personal research focused on urban aquatic health and ecotoxicology – utilizing an animal (Danio rerio) model. She has published materials on topics ranging from clinical diagnostic challenges in the modern age to the intersection of human activity and ocean health.

Her educational background includes an MS in Biology from American University and B.A.’s in Neurobiology and Psychology from Boston University.


  • M.S., Biology, American University, 2017
  • B.A., Biology, Boston University, 2013
  • B.A., Psychology, Boston University, 2013


Wilken RL. Anatomical and behavioral outcomes of toxicant exposure in the Anacostia River: Building a zebrafish (Danio rerio) model of biological river health. (Presented at: 27th Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference; April 2017; American University, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2017.

Pless Kaiser A, Wilken RL, Proctor SP, Vasterling JJ. Consistency of reporting for stressful life events among non-deployed soldiers. Presented at: VA Research Day 2014; May 2014; Boston VA Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain, MA, May 21, 2014.

Wilken RL, Lawrence AE, MacDonald HZ, Proctor SP, Vasterling JJ, Taft CT. The Family Foundations Study: Impact of deployment on families. Presented at: 2014 Boston University Joining Forces Conference; December 2013; Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA, December 11, 2013.

Prior Experience

Social Media Intern, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 2016-2017

National Study Coordinator, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University, 2013-2015

Project Experience

Prepared a new use pesticide petition for submission to the EPA. Researched and summarized physical chemistry, health and environmental data in support of new use and new EPA product registration.

Submitted label amendments, notifications, and product registration applications to the EPA. Provided pesticide product maintenance support including, updating CSFs, product label reviews, amendments and review of web content.

Tracked and summarized sample data and evaluated lab methodology in support of food quality and processing research in the state of California.

Conducted NPIRS searches and review of regulatory documentation. Utilized federal and non-federal databases to inform product registration efforts.


  • M.S., Biology, American University, 2017
  • B.A., Biology, Boston University, 2013
  • B.A., Psychology, Boston University, 2013