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Charles Santerre
Purdue University


Dr. Charles R. Santerre is a Professor of Food Toxicology in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University where he also served as the Interim Head of the School of Health Sciences. His public health and toxicology research activities developed rapid assays for measuring chemical contaminants in foods, and he conducted human clinical trials to examine the clearance of chemical contaminants and the effects of diet on nutrient status. Dr. Santerre’s appointment allows him to translate scientific research into engagement programs for healthcare professionals and consumers. He has developed educational materials (including a web site, a wallet card, iPhone and Android apps) to help sensitive populations i.e., pregnant or nursing women and young children minimize their exposure to environmental pollutants in seafood while also obtaining important nutrients from these foods. His fish4health iPhone app received the 2011 Babble Award as a top 25 pregnancy app. Recently, Dr. Santerre’s wallet card was highlighted in a U.S. Center for Disease Control video highlighting its use to inform sensitive populations in Florida. In 2010, he served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Policy Technology Fellow and was sponsored by the USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service, Office of Public Health Science, Risk Assessment Division where he developed a vision for identifying and measuring emerging contaminants in meat, poultry, and egg products. Dr. Santerre serves as a food safety expert for the International Life Sciences Institute of North America, for the International Food Information Council, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He holds degrees in Human Nutrition (BS), and Environmental Toxicology & Food Science (PhD), both from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Purdue University in 1998, Dr. Santerre served as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Environmental Sciences Program at The Ohio State University and as an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Health Science Program and the Interdepartmental Toxicology Program at the University of Georgia.