Stephanie Hamel, PhD, grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania. She earned her BS in Chemistry from Grove City College, Grove City, PA, and her MS in Chemistry from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She was employed as an organic chemist in the pharmaceutical industry by The BOC Group, Inc. and at R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Institute, then taught Chemistry classes part-time at various community colleges in western Pennsylvania and also at Carlow College in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Hamel returned to graduate school to study environmental health issues, earning a Joint PhD in Exposure Assessment from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. Her thesis work involved the development of a laboratory procedure to test for bioaccessibility of heavy metals from soils. Her research was funded by a US EPA STAR Fellowship; in 1997, Stephanie was honored at a White House reception with other recipients of this award.
Dr. Hamel performed post-doctoral research in the Department of Plant Sciences at Rutgers University. Working with the Soil Fertility Specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, she developed equations to calculate lead levels in soil using the standard soil testing methods for the region.
She now resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom, and their two sons. This is her first book.