Alexis Temkin
Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemicals in consumer products
  • Glyphosate
  • Pesticides
  • PFAS
  • Tap water

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  • Ph.D., Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
  • B.A., Biological Sciences, Connecticut College


Alexis Temkin supports EWG’s consumer databases, policy and research in the areas of personal care and cleaning products, pesticides and tap water. Temkin began her research career at Columbia University Medical Center, working as a lab technician studying the molecular mechanisms responsible for environmental influence on gene regulation. As a doctoral student, she studied how exposure to environmental chemicals during development can influence adult obesity and metabolic syndrome.


In the News

“There are levels above what we could consider safe in very popular breakfast foods.”
- Alexis Temkin
August 15, 2018
"What we do know is that people don't want to have pesticides or herbicides in their foods, and families really shouldn't have to make a healthy choice that also comes with an additional risk.”
- Alexis Temkin
August 15, 2018
“Millions of Americans are being involuntarily exposed to nitrate, and they are also the ones paying the heavy costs of treating contaminated tap water. But the federal government is not doing enough to protect Americans from tap water contamination.”
- Alexis Temkin
June 11, 2019
“We definitely acknowledge and support that everybody should be eating healthy fruits and vegetables as part of their diet regardless of if they’re conventional or organic. But what we try to highlight with the Shopper’s Guide to Produce is building on a body of evidence that shows mixtures of pesticides can have adverse effects.”
- Alexis Temkin
March 20, 2019
“The majority of water systems in the U.S. get a passing grade from the U.S. government. [But] legal doesn't necessarily mean safe.”
- Alexis Temkin
October 23, 2019
“We think EPA’s finding is not accurate and makes the rest of the risk assessment hard to interpret.”
- Alexis Temkin
April 30, 2019
“What we’re beginning to learn with more scientific evidence on PFAS is that PFAS can virtually impact every system in the body. You can definitely see it all over the nation, so it’s definitely a national issue.”
- Alexis Temkin
July 31, 2019
“When you look at what the federal standards are, those are often too high to protect against public health because they’re a compromise between cost of removal and technology, feasibility of removal and things like that.”
- Alexis Temkin
October 23, 2019

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