Charles Santerre

Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences Department

Phone: 864-656-8557


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Environmental Toxicology & Food Science
Michigan State University 1989

B.S. Human Nutrition
Michigan State University 1983


Charles R. Santerre, Ph.D. is a Professor of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University. From 1998-2021, he was Professor of Food Toxicology in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. Starting in 2020, he has served as an appointed member to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (EPA-FRRCC). In 2018-19, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor for agriculture and health in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where he played a key role during the development of two Presidential Executive Orders e.g., “Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for U.S. Agricultural Biotechnology Products,” and “Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth.” In 2013 and again in 2017-18, he served as the Interim Head for the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University. In 2014-15, he was selected as a National Academy of Sciences, Jefferson Science Fellow and was hosted by the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) where he served as an Intelligence Analyst. In 2014-17, he was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (FDA-CFSAN) Food Advisory Committee. In 2010-11, he served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service, Office of Public Health Science, Risk Assessment Division (USDA-FSIS-OPHS-RAD) where he developed and helped to implement a vision for identifying, measuring, and responding to emerging chemical contaminants in meat and poultry products. He has served as a food safety expert for the International Life Sciences Institute of North America (ILSI-NA), and the International Food Information Council (IFIC). Prior to joining Purdue University (1995-98), he was the Chemistry Operations Manager for Silliker Laboratories, Inc. (Columbus, OH) and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Environmental Sciences Program at The Ohio State University. Prior to this (1989-95), he was an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Health Science Program and the Interdepartmental Toxicology Program at the University of Georgia (with a Courtesy Appointment in the Institute of Ecology).