Dr. Jonathan Urban is a Managing Scientist with ToxStrategies, Inc., in Austin, TX. Dr. Urban is a board-certified toxicologist with more than ten years’ experience studying and evaluating the potential health effects of a range of chemicals of concern, including halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons (PCDD/Fs, PCBs, and PCNs), metals (Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Sb), hazardous air pollutants (BTEX), industrial compounds (various solvents and pesticides), food-related compounds (steviol glycosides, parabens, acrylamide), and consumer product ingredients and contaminants (various pyrethroids; nonylphenol ethoxylate, 1,3-butadiene). Dr. Urban has utilized this expertise in the development of critiques and recommendations regarding risk-based toxicity criteria for regulatory agencies, industry, and private-sector businesses. In addition to chemical toxicology evaluations, Dr. Urban specializes in conducting human health risk assessments, federal and state site remediation investigations, and biomonitoring studies, as well as systematic reviews. Dr. Urban also develops and provides oversight for GLP and non-GLP studies in support of the FDA’s pre-IND application process for biological pharmaceuticals, including CRO site study monitoring of non-clinical studies. Furthermore, Dr. Urban has considerable experience managing and providing technical and logistical assistance on tobacco-product toxicology and risk assessment projects in support of the Center for Tobacco Products (FDA).
Dr. Urban earned a Ph.D. in toxicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his studies focused on receptor-based signaling mechanisms of xenobiotics in neurological systems. Dr. Urban is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, is a member of the Scientific Review Panel for the National Library of Medicine’s Hazardous Substance Databank, has published academic and professional studies in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a reviewer for various scientific journals. While in graduate school, Dr. Urban also served as an enlisted communications specialist in the United States Marine Corps Reserves (Communications Company, Greensboro, NC).