Marielle C. Brinkman

Research Professor


Marielle C. Brinkman

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to work in a laboratory. I was also raised in a family that placed a heavy emphasis on moral behavior and choosing a vocation that contributes to making the world a better place. The College of Public Health connects me with the top-notch people and resources needed to inform regulatory decision-making and achieve the overarching goal of enhancing public health. In my role, I’ve come to see the scientific method as one of the strongest tools we have to guide us as we navigate our societal well-being. The college also strongly supports mentorship of the next generation of diverse scientists, which allows me to joyfully repay the debt I owe to all of my mentors.


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Marielle has over 28 years of experience conducting human exposure assessment research, including a special focus on the use of non-invasive exhaled breath analysis to inform tobacco regulatory control for the last 17 years. She has designed, fabricated and validated a research-grade waterpipe for use in human topography measurement and estimated active and passive toxicant exposures resulting from waterpipe tobacco smoking. 

Marielle has lectured internationally and nationally on a variety of tobacco regulatory topics, including how testing protocols and waterpipe design and components influence toxicant emissions. She contributes to international tobacco regulation as an active participant in the World Health Organization Tobacco Regulatory Laboratory (WHO TobLabNet) and has co-authored four WHO reports providing recommendations on waterpipe and other tobacco product emissions testing.  

Marielle has and is currently leading several federally funded projects specific to waterpipe use, including an R01 grant evaluating optimal placement and content of health warning labels; an R01 grant quantifying the effect of WP tobacco ingredients on human puffing, exposures and appeal; an FDA contract to measure the harmful and potentially harmful constituent (HPHC) content of waterpipe tobacco-use waste products; and a Center grant (P50) that includes standardizing methods to measure waterpipe smoke emissions. 

She is affiliated with the University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science.