Refreshing the NNI’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy

ehsMay 31–June 1, 2023
Online and L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C.

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the U.S. Government’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), invites you to participate in a public meeting to discuss the revision of the NNI’s 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy. Individuals, non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private sector interested in the responsible development of nanotechnology are encouraged to attend and contribute to creating an updated EHS Research Strategy.

The NNI seeks feedback and perspectives on progress toward the goals set out in the NNI’s 2011 EHS Research Strategy and on remaining research gaps, new challenges, and opportunities. By involving the broadest cross section of stakeholders early in the process, the NNI hopes to prepare a fresh and durable strategic guide that is responsive to the continuing evolution of nanotechnology as an enabling technology. Additional opportunities to engage with the NNI’s EHS strategy refresh include responding to the Request for Information (RFI) published on April 5, 2023. Comments on the RFI are due on or before 5 p.m. ET June 2, 2023. Information on the 2011 EHS Research Strategy is posted on the NNI website.


Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early for in-person attendance.

in person

virtual reg


Day 1: May 31, 2023

Time EDT



9 am – 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

John Howard, Director of NIOSH

Branden Brough, Director of the NNCO

Kei Koizumi, Principal Deputy Director for Policy in OSTP

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Background to the Revision of the 2011 Strategy

Treye Thomas (CPSC)

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Ethics in Nanoscience: Possible Lessons from the Biosciences

Moderator: Vivian Ota Wang (NIH)

Keynote Speaker: Hank Greely (Stanford University)

10:30 am – 10:45 am



10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Risk Assessment and Risk Management Methods, and Informatics and Modeling Research Areas

Moderators: Jay Vietas (NIOSH), Iris Camacho (EPA), and Holly Mortensen (EPA)

Invited Presenters: Mark Wiesner, Joana Sipe, and Jaleesia Amos (Duke University), Mohammad Ali (Nanophase Technologies Corporation)

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm



1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Nanomaterial Measurement Infrastructure and Environment Research Areas

Moderators: Anil Patri (FDA), Elijah Petersen (NIST), and Annette Guiseppi-Elie (EPA)

Invited Presenters: Scott Brown (GlaxoSmithKline), Phil Demokritou (Rutgers University), and Monita Sharma (PETA Science Consortium International e.V.)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm




Day 2: June 1, 2023

Time EDT



8:45 am – 9 am

Introduction, Reminders, and Housekeeping

Branden Brough (NNCO)

9 am – 9:45 am

Natural-Language Processing Approaches to Assess NanoEHS Research Trends

Moderator: Quinn Spadola (Deputy Director, NNCO)

Keynote Presenters: Sagar Kamarthi, Sri Radhakrishnan, and Jackie Isaacs (Northeastern University)

9:45 am – 12:00 pm

w/ a break around 11 am

Human Exposure Assessment and Human Health Research Areas

Moderators: Treye Thomas (CPSC); Sri Nadadur (NIEHS), and Janet Carter (OSHA)

Invited Presenters: Andre Nel (UCLA), Christie M. Sayes (Baylor University), Rick Canady (NeutralScience)

12 pm – 1 pm



1 pm – 3 pm

Future Directions, with Reporting Out from Core Research Areas

Moderator: Quinn Spadola

Invited Presenters: Julie Zimmerman (Yale), Jo Anne Shatkin (Vireo Advisors, LLC), and Greg Lowry (Carnegie Mellon University)

3 pm – 3:15 pm



3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

An Integrated Approach

Moderators: Nora Savage (NSF) and Annie Jarabek (EPA)

Invited Presenter: Leanne Gilbertson (University of Pittsburgh)

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm





Jaleesia Amos
Doctoral Candidate, The Wiesner Group, Duke University

Scott Brown
Associate Director and GSK Fellow, GlaxoSmithKline

Rick Canady
Director and Founder, NeutralScience

Phil Demokritou

Henry Rutgers Chair  and Professor in Nanoscience and Environmental Bioengineering 
Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences 
Rutgers University

Hank Greely
Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Jackie Isaacs
Professor and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University

Sagar Kamarthi
Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University

Greg Lowry
Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Linsey Marr
Charles P. Lunsford Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech


Andre Nel
Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Research Director of the California Nano Systems Institute at UCLA; Director of the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Srinivasan Radhakrishnan
Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University


Christie M. Sayes
Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Toxicology, Baylor University

Phil Sayre
nanoRisk Analytics, LLC and Consultant for Wiley Rein, LLP

Monita Sharma
Nanotechnology Specialist, PETA Science Consortium International e.V.

JoAnne Shatkin
Director and Founder, Vireo Advisors

Joana Sipe
Postdoctoral Associate, The Wiesner Group, Duke University

Jordan Smith
Team Lead Exposure Science and Pathogen Biology| Battelle Memorial Institute, Pacific Northwest Division

Phoebe Stapleton
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Mark Wiesner
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University

Julie Zimmerman
Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Environment and Epidemiology, Yale University

Mohammad Ali
Director, QA & Regulatory Compliance, Nanophase Technologies Corporation 

Leanne Gilbertson
Associate Professor, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh



The Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group leads the NNI’s efforts to prepare an update to the NNI’s 2011 EHS Research Strategy. NEHI is a working group under the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology. NNCO conducts public engagement on behalf of the NNI and provides technical and administrative support to the NSET Subcommittee and the interagency nanotechnology community.

For further information, contact:
Rhema Bjorkland