Dr. Carl E. Cerniglia

Dr. Carl E. Cerniglia is Director of the Division of Microbiology at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Jefferson, AR., and is a Senior Biomedical Research Service Scientist for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Cerniglia has been at NCTR since 1980.  He is also an adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR. Dr. Cerniglia received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. in 1976.  After leaving N.C. State University, Dr. Cerniglia was a National Cancer Institute Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin from 1976-1980 in the laboratory of Dr. David T. Gibson.  Dr. Cerniglia is active in a variety of government and academic committees and national and international review panels.  Since 1994 to the present, Dr. Cerniglia has served as an advisor and expert reviewer at the World Health Organization on Antimicrobial Residues in Foods.  He serves as a member of the editorial boards of J. of Microbiological Methods, Microbial Ecology, Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Environmental Toxicology and Water Quality, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, and J. of Toxicology and Environmental Health.  Dr. Cerniglia was elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology in 1985 and past Chairman of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Gordon Research Conference and the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Section of the American Society for Microbiology.  Dr. Cerniglia's research has resulted in 350 technical publications, 35 book chapters, and numerous review articles and co-edited a book on "Microbial Transformation and Degradation of Toxic Organic Chemicals".  His research has been frequently highlighted in the scientific and popular press.  Dr. Cerniglia has made more than 320 invited presentations at national and international conferences and meetings and is also an ASM Foundation of Microbiology lecturer.

Dr. Cerniglia's principle research at NCTR involves: 1) food safety/biosecurity and methods development; 2) gastrointestinal microbiology; 3) microbial transformation of drugs as models of mammalian metabolism; and 4) metabolism biochemistry, genetics of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolism and the biodegradation of priority pollutants in the environment. 

The research achievements of Dr. Cerniglia has been recognized by national and international awards from the Food and Drug Administration, American Pharmaceutical Association, International Society of Toxicity Testing, American Society for Microbiology, and American Academy of Microbiology and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Cerniglia was recently awarded the Silver Medal by the World Health Organization for outstanding scientific contribution to the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), the DHHS Outstanding Leader Award in providing mentoring, training and career advancement opportunities to employees in a diverse workforce and Distinguished Alumnus Award at North Carolina State University.