Jason Berninger, Ph.D.


Jason Berninger is a research toxicologist within the Biochemistry and Physiology branch of USGS-CERC. His current research involves developing chemical-gene interaction networks to connect genomics data with potential chemical exposures and analytical chemical analyses to potential biological responses. He is also developing a comprehensive review of the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls exposure on birds and fish, as it relates to injury as defined by the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration statutes. He previously worked on prioritization of chemicals of emerging concern and the development of effects-based monitoring.


Ph.D. Environmental Toxicology, Baylor University 2011

M.S. Environmental Science - Biology, University of Houston - Clear Lake 2002

B.S. Biology, Saint Louis University 1997


Professional Experience

2014 – present Research Toxicologist, US Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Columbia, Missouri

2011 – 2014 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, US Environmental Protection Agency, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Duluth, MN

2007 – 2011 Research Assistant. Baylor University Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Waco, Texas

2003 – 2007 Aquatic Toxicologist, Field Biologist, Ichthyologist –US Environmental Protection Agency, National Exposure Research Laboratory Contractor, Cincinnati, Ohio

1999-2002 Research Assistant University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, Texas