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Research Line Manager

 at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Dr. Kabrena Rodda, Col, USAF (ret) leads the Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Prior to her appointment as a Group Lead, she served the laboratory as a Strategic Advisor, providing strategic direction on research to improve U.S. capabilities against chemical threats. She is a retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) Colonel. During her USAF career, she managed a nonproliferation program and later advised on chemical issues at the National Counterproliferation Center. Dr. Rodda was a United Nations Special Commission inspector and laboratory chief in Iraq in 1995 and 1998 and provided consequence management advice for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In 2012, she published a book-length policy paper against synthetic drugs titled Legal Highs: US Policy for the New Pandemic. In 2017 and 2018, she led chemical threat response workshops at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and headed the writing team for the American Chemical Society (ACS) policy statement, “Preventing the Reemergence of Chemical Weapons.” Dr. Rodda is a recipient of the OPCW Director General’s Medal, the Secretary of Energy Appreciation Award, and the Secretary of the USAF Research and Development Award. She is a member of ACS' International Activities Committee, the American Academy of Forensic Science, and the International Society for the Study of Emerging Drugs. She holds a Ph.D. in forensic toxicology; three M.S. degrees in chemistry, project and systems management, and national security studies; and a B.S. in chemistry.


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