Brendlyn Faison

Since the beginning of her career, Faison has used the tools of biotechnology to protect the environment—although in many different ways. At consumer giant Procter & Gamble, she assessed the biodegradability of diaper materials and helped develop environmentally compatible fabric softeners. At the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, she worked on bioprocesses for converting coal to liquid fuels and removing radioactive materials from wastewater. And now, as a microbiologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she reviews new public health-related research while monitoring the emergence of new soil- and waterborne pathogens.