Dr. Bestervelt is a public health professional who has worked in the fields of microbiology, toxicology, risk assessment, nutrition and molecular biochemistry. She spent 23 years as the Chief Science Officer of NSF International, a leading public health safety organization that develops American National Standards and certification programs for food safety, water safety and health sciences. During her time at NSF, Dr. Bestervelt, oversaw NSF’s global network of engineering, chemistry and microbiology laboratories. Led research and development activities that resulted in numerous publications and presentations. Established and grew the NSF health sciences business, which included consulting, good manufacturing audits (GMP), remediation for FDA 483s, clinical trials management and regulatory consulting for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, dietary supplements and cosmetics industries.
Dr. Bestervelt holds a Ph.D. in toxicology, a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and immunology, all from the University of Michigan. She completed her post-doctoral work in the University of Michigan Medical School’s Biochemistry Department. Prior to joining NSF, she was scientist at Pfizer. She has authored numerous papers and book chapters.