Project Manager, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Molly Jacobs is a Senior Research Associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Molly has over 20 years of experience in public health research and practice to promote effective disease prevention solutions across a range of organizations. Since 2013, she has managed the Center’s alternatives assessment and informed substitution work. This work has focused on: supporting governments in the US and internationally to institute programmatic and policy structures that advance informed substitution efforts, including the use of alternatives assessment; co-authoring state of the art reviews and helping to set research and practice agendas for the field of alternatives assessment; and developing capacity building resources and materials. A particular research interest of Molly’s is the emergence of engineered nanomaterials as a replacement for many functions being served by toxic chemicals of concern. Molly received her MPH with a concentration in environmental health and epidemiology from Boston University and her BA in biology and environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. She currently is a member of the US state of California’s Green Ribbon Science Panel and an Executive Council member of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment.