Jade Mitchell is an assistant professor in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at MSU. Her research focuses on human health risk analysis. She is collaborating principal investigator in the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA), where her work includes characterizing the risks associated with human exposures to pathogenic agents in environmental media (i.e. air, water and soil). Using quantitative microbial risk assessment her work informs policy and risk management decisions about the appropriate level of concern for public health and public safety related to bio-defense, food safety and water quality. Mitchell uses a number of computational tools including statistical analyses, contaminant fate and transport modeling, human exposure modeling, cost-benefit analyses and decision analytic modeling to evaluate both microbial and chemical stressors in her current work.
Before coming to MSU, Dr. Mitchell was a risk analyst with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Food Safety Inspection Service. She examined expected levels of chemical residues that could be present in USDA commodities to develop risk ranking strategies for monitoring the food supply. Dr. Mitchell also completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the National Exposure Research Laboratory doing model evaluation and development to enhance the EPA's chemical safety programs by prioritizing toxic chemicals based on exposure potential.
Dr. Mitchell received her doctorate in environmental engineering and her master's degree in civil engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and worked professionally as an engineering consultant for several years prior to graduate school.