Microbiologist Nancy Beck, Ph.D., Promotes Nonanimal Testing
Nancy Beck, Ph.D., who recently joined PCRM’s research advocacy department, focuses on promoting alternatives to the use of animals in toxicity testing. Dr. Beck brings significant expertise to her position thanks to her graduate and postdoctoral work in microbiology, along with many years’ experience as an academic research scientist.
Dr. Beck left research and joined PCRM for a more socially conscious career in science. During her thesis work, Dr. Beck used infant mice in experiments designed to increase knowledge of cholera. As she gained experience in these types of experiments, she realized that animals were a poor model for the disease for many reasons. Dr. Beck now uses her scientific background to explore and promote alternatives to animal experimentation.
Dr. Beck monitors the methods used for regulatory toxicity testing, attends governmental organization meetings, writes comments on animal-testing guidelines, and monitors the progress of the implementation of nonanimal methods.