Carnegie Mellon University
Carrie McDonough is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Colorado School of Mines, where she developed high-resolution mass spectrometry methods for nontarget analysis of per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in biological fluids and tissues. Broadly, her research group focuses on how the molecular structure and chemical properties of pollutants influence their fate in the environment and their impacts on aquatic organisms and humans. Her overarching objective is to understand human and ecosystem health risk associated with organic contaminants and identify particular compounds of concern that should be prioritized for remediation and toxicological investigation.