Meet the Experts Making Beauty Better
Introducing the Beautycounter Science Advisory Council.
Decades of peer-reviewed research show a link between daily exposure to certain harmful chemicals and negative health outcomes such as cancer, infertility, and hormone disruption. But, as we know, cause and effect are complex and dependent on a variety of factors. That is why we work with leading academic researchers and scientists across the country to do our best to reduce environmental exposure wherever possible.
We believe that using the best-available science is important to reduce exposure to harmful ingredients and we’ve hired an all-star, in-house team of scientists to help us do so. We also recruited some of the brightest minds within the independent scientific and medical community to serve as a sounding board for our approach to safety.
Today, we’re excited to introduce these leading researchers, health professionals, and organizations as we launch the Beautycounter Science Advisory Council. This group of experts shares our passion for making informed and precautionary decisions when formulating products.
Their research will help guide and inform us about ingredient safety, making sure we are always ahead of the curve. We are so honored to have this team on our side—together, we’re going to make better beauty for all.
It’s hard for us to describe the breadth and calibre of these leaders, so we will let their work speak for itself. Collectively this group has published nearly 500 peer-reviewed papers on topics ranging from the health impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on the effects of inaction on our global economy.
Get to know our esteemed Science Advisory Council:
Kim Harley, MPH PhD
Associate Professor of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Dr. Harley is a reproductive epidemiologist whose research focuses on endocrine-disrupting
chemicals and women’s health, including associations with fertility, birth
outcomes, the timing of puberty, and obesity. Her latest research investigates
chemicals of concern in cosmetics and personal care products marketed towards
minority women. Dr Harley has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers on
the health effects and exposure patterns of phthalates, parabens, BPA, flame
retardants, pesticides, and other endocrine disruptors in our homes and daily
Joe Laakso, PhD
Director, Science Policy at the Endocrine Society—the leading professional organization for endocrinologists, who are on a mission to unite, lead and grow the endocrine community to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and improve health worldwide.
Dr. Laakso helps the world’s leading experts in the field of endocrinology to advance
policies that accelerate scientific discovery and ensure that endocrine science
is reflected in legislation and regulatory decision making. Dr. Laakso is
passionate about the promise of research and the ability of governments to use
scientific knowledge to advance effective, science-based policies. He uses his
blend of scientific and policy expertise to distil and communicate complicated
scientific issues to policymakers and other audiences.
Allyson Ocean, MD
Medical oncologist and attending physician in haematology and medical oncology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell and the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center.
Dr. Ocean is a principal investigator on clinical trials with novel therapeutics, radiolabeled therapies, antibody-drug conjugates, and targeted therapies. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Association for Cancer Research. Dr. Ocean also represents Stand Up to Cancer, and is the co-founder of two nonprofits in the cancer space: Michael’s Mission and Let’s Win Pancreatic Cancer.
Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG
Reproductive endocrinologist at Pacific NW Fertility and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle specializing in infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss.
Dr. Shahine is the accomplished
author of three books that take an integrative approach to fertility care and
recurrent miscarriage, including her best-selling book, Not Broken,
as well as over 50 peer-reviewed clinical research papers. She is passionate
about increasing awareness of the reproductive and overall health impact of
environmental toxins and endocrine disruptors through legislative advocacy,
speaking, writing, and an active social media presence.
Ana Soto, MD
Professor of Immunology, Tufts University School of Medicine. Blaise Pascal Chair 2013-15 and Fellow at the Centre Cavaillès, Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris.
Dr. Ana Soto is an internationally renowned leader in environmental health and a
pioneer in the field of endocrine disruptors. Her research team discovered the
deleterious effects of fetal exposure to bisphenol-A, a chemical often used in
plastic products. She was instrumental in providing evidence that resulted in
laws banning BPA from food-contacting materials in France. Together with Dr.
Carlos Sonnenschein she authored the book The
Society of Cells; published in 1999,
it has become a classic of cancer biology. Dr Soto has published over 150
peer-reviewed articles both on experimental and theoretical biology. She and
her team of scientists also work on identifying the endocrine effects of
ingredients used in personal care products and plastic packaging. Dr. Soto was
elected a member of the prestigious Collegium Ramazzini, Carpi, Italy in 2011,
and is the recipient of several awards, including the Grand Vermeil Medal, the
highest distinction from the City of Paris, for her pioneering role in the
discovery of endocrine disruptors and her contributions to public health.
Leo Trasande, MD, MPP
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Environmental
Pediatrics; Professor of Environmental Medicine & Population Health, NYU
School of Medicine
Dr. Trasande is an internationally renowned leader in children’s environmental
health, a pediatrician, a prolific researcher, and the author of the
best-selling book Sicker Fatter Poorer. His research focuses on identifying the role
of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks. He
examines the effects of chemicals like phthalates, bisphenols, organophosphate
pesticides, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on fetal as well as postnatal
growth and early cardiovascular and renal risks. Dr. Trasande leads one of 35
centers across the country as part of the National Institute of Health’s
Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes program and is Principal
Investigator on numerous NIH-funded projects. He is perhaps best known for a
series of landmark studies that document disease costs due to endocrine-disrupting
Sara Wordingham, MD, FAAHPM
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Center for Palliative Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Wordingham is an accomplished clinician
and patient advocate who is passionate about medical ethics, whole-person
care, and maximizing quality of life for patients and loved ones facing advanced
illness. After watching her older sister become an advocate for
clean beauty products, she began questioning if there were not safer ways to
care for our bodies and exploring how physicians can help promote change. As someone
who sees patients with advanced cancer and heart disease on a daily basis, she
hopes to continue to innovate and advocate for safer environmental health