Core Team Members

Dr. Wei Wei: Dr. Wei is a Research Associate working in risk assessment and risk management of new nano- and biotechnologies in food and agriculture. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers over his career.

Dr. Ashton Merck: Dr. Merck is a Postdoc working in interdisciplinary risk sciences, responsible innovation, and new technologies in food and agriculture. She holds a PhD in History from Duke University, specializing in risk and regulation within food and ag sectors.

Dr. Christopher Cummings: Dr. Cummings is a Senior Research Scholar in the GES Center (NC State) and Gene Edited Foods Project (Iowa State). He continues to assist Grieger et al. on USDA/NIFA grants and other research projects.

Mumtahina Riza: Ms. Riza is a MS student investigating risks of new materials for phosphorus capture. She has a MS degree in Environmental Science and Management from Bangladesh University of Professionals.

Interdisciplinary Risk Science team (2022)

Madison Horgan (MSE)Ms. Horgan is an Risk Researcher and Engagement Specialist. She received her BS in Material Science & Engineering and Philosophy from NC State.

Nick Loschin: Nick is a PhD student investigating evaluating potential risks of new food and agriculture technologies. He holds a BS degree in Environmental Science, and collaborates with the US EPA on developing risk assessment approaches.


Student and Postdoc Collaborations

Sebastian Zarate

Sebastian Zarate (FER) (PhD Student), Sweet-APPS; Sebastian is an AgBioFEWS PhD student and member of Peruvian Team of the Comparative Covid Response Network. Dr. Grieger supervises Mr. Zarate’s interactions with stakeholders affiliated with Sweet-APPS

Sandy Ramsey (CSS) (PhD Student); Sandy is a Ph.D. student and AgBioFEWS fellow at NC State under the direction of Dr. Ramon Leon. Her research focuses on precision planting for maximization of weed suppression and yield in row crops. Dr. Grieger serves as Graduate Committee Member for Ms. Ramsey

Ilaria Cimadori (PhD Student); Ilaria is a PhD student at the Yale School of the Environment. She is interested in investigating issues surrounding animal welfare in the light of the new gene editing technologies from a law and regulations point of view.
She holds a MA in comparative international relations from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Dr. Grieger supervises Ms. Cimadori on a USDA/NIFA-funded grant and also serves on her graduate student committee at Yale.


Previous Team Members and Students

Cheyana Bassham

Cheyana Bassham (FWC), Dr. Grieger served as primary advisor for Ms. Bassham’s undergraduate research project, Spring 2021.

Becca Michael: Ms. Rebecca Michael served as a Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, involved in conducting interviews with the Sweet-APPS, GRIP4PSI project (2020-2021).

David Glas: Mr. Glas served as a Risk Science Communications Expert (2020-2021).

Dr. Adam Kokotovich, Dr. Grieger supervised on USDA/NIFA grant (2019-2021).


Collaborations across NC State and beyond