Sherry E. Rier is a research scientist and private consultant in persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and immune endocrine diseases. For over 20 years, she held the position of the Tracy H. Dickinson Research Chair of the Endometriosis Association. In 1994, she received a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Medical Sciences with a specialization in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. That year, she served as a panelist in Oakland, CA at the US Preparatory Meeting for the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women. She spoke on the effects of environmental toxicants on the reproductive health of women. She completed post-doctoral studies in the Department of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, NH. Subsequently, she was Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth Medical School and later at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has numerous publications and review articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented invited talks at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and at the International Symposium on Halogenated Environmental Organic Pollutants and POPs speaking on the immunotoxicity of dioxins and POPs. She has been a reviewer of journal articles and grants for the NIEHS Immunotoxicology Core, the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), and the Endocrine Society. She has been a consultant for the European Scientific Committee on Food regarding risk assessment of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs. Publications on a dioxin-exposed colony of monkeys are cited internationally in risk assessments, local and regional plans for management and reduction of exposure to dioxins, and by environmental health advocacy groups.
Dr. Rier has garnered grants from the NIH, the NIEHS, the Fertility Institute of the Mid-South, and the Endometriosis Association. Her research has been the subject of numerous news and book commentaries published in Science, Science News, Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The St. Louis Dispatch, The Dallas Morning News, and US News and World Report. Her laboratory at Dartmouth Medical School appeared in the Time-Life Medical, C. Everett Koop series video “Endometriosis” hosted by Linda Ellerby.
Rier now lives in Maine where she is a writer, a consultant, and a wood-worker. She is dedicated to environmentally sustainable living and local economies.