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Wanda Bodnar

Wanda Bodnar

Research Natural Scientist


PhD, Chemistry, University of Virginia
BA, Chemistry, Middlebury College

Wanda Bodnar is a Research Scientist in the Discovery Sciences Division at RTI International. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing and conducting measurements of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) within the Analytical Sciences Department and for the operation and maintenance of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) systems.

Dr. Bodnar has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with experimental design, analytical method development, and method validation using advanced, state-of-the-art  techniques including ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) and high-resolution accurate mass spectrometry (HRAMS).  She has over 30https://www.rti.org/expert/hala-almossawiexperience in pharmaceutical R&D and academic research utilizing mass spectrometric techniques for assessment of diverse chemical classes in environmental and biological sample matrices.  She has analyzed PFAS, phthalates, PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), pesticides, emerging environmental contaminants, metals, drug candidates, metabolites, and biomolecules.  Dr. Bodnar has also demonstrated proficiency in conveying complex study results to lay audiences, preparing reports, proposals, and manuscripts, and has served as a peer reviewer of publications and grants.

Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Bodnar held a research faculty position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as a program manager and a facility core director in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.  She is a service-oriented researcher and mentor who supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives and fosters a safe and respectful workplace.

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