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Crystal Lee Pow Jackson

Research Environmental Scientist


PhD, Environmental Toxicology, North Carolina State University
BS, Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Crystal Lee Pow Jackson is a Research Environmental Scientist with RTI’s Center for Environmental Health, Risk, and Sustainability where she focuses on issues of drinking water quality, environmental contamination, and human health. Using her expertise in toxicology, exposure science, environmental health, water quality, risk assessment, risk communication, environmental justice, and public health, Dr. Lee Pow Jackson strives to identify, test, and implement practical solutions to environmental health challenges.

Dr. Lee Pow Jackson supports a wide range of projects at RTI including community-engaged research identifying, communicating, and mitigating the risks of contaminants in schools, child care centers, and households across the country. Through her expertise, she promotes understanding of the risks associated with exposure to metals, including lead and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. She is interested in research that broaches cross-cutting topics and addresses environmental health, climate change, environmental justice, children’s environmental health, and drinking water quality.

Before joining RTI, Dr. Lee Pow Jackson served as an Environmental Toxicologist for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where she acted as lead toxicology expert for the Division of Public Health. In this role, she directed the NC Building Resilient Environmental Health Capacity program, Private Well and Health program, and Fish Consumption Advisory program. Dr. Lee Pow Jackson’s work involves timely issues that require risk communication and empowering residents to reduce exposure to environmental hazards.

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