Anastasia Bodnar is the Policy Director at Biology Fortified, Inc. Originally from Florida, Anastasia has a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland and a PhD in Genetics, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture, from Iowa State University. In her research, Anastasia used both biotech and breeding to enhance nutritional traits in corn and investigated potential unintended effects of genetic engineering. Anastasia is now an environmental compliance specialist with the US Department of Agriculture (note that her work with Biology Fortified is not part of her USDA job, and is done on her own time). Prior to college, Anastasia served as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the US Army. She led a team of specialists in public health, occupational health, and environmental inspections. She also served as a Department of Defense certified pest controller, consulting on integrated pest management methods. Anastasia spends most of her free time practicing the science of blocks and other toys with her 1.5 year old daughter.