Annette B. Santamaria

Technical Director, Toxicology and Food Safety / Ph.D., MPH, DABT / Houston


Dr. Santamaria is a board-certified toxicologist with over 25 years of multidisciplinary experience critically evaluating a broad range of toxicological, epidemiological, and clinical studies, conducting exposure and human health risk assessments, and communicating results to clients and governmental agencies. She has experience with assessing exposure to a variety chemicals, nanomaterials, consumer products, (e.g., personal care products, cosmetics, paints, cleaning products, air fresheners), pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, and is certified in FDA’s regulations through the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. She has provided technical support and assisted in the preparation of a variety of reports for regulatory compliance and/or litigation purposes. Dr. Santamaria has provided consulting support in several toxic tort cases and has critically evaluated the health risks associated with occupational or environmental exposures to a variety of chemicals. She has also prepared many exposure assessments for consumer products to ensure compliance with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and California’s Proposition 65 regulations.

Representative Engagements

  • Preparation of safety evaluations of:
    • Consumer products
    • Nanomaterials
    • Cosmetics
    • Dietary supplements
    • Pharmaceuticals, residuals, and excipients
    • Foods and food packaging
    • Children’s toys
  • Evaluation of health risks of environmental exposure to
    • Manganese, arsenic, lead
    • Solvents
    • PCBs
    • Mold
  • Evaluation of health risks of occupational exposure to
    • Nanomaterials
    • Asbestos
    • Carbon disulfide
    • Silica
    • Diacetyl
  • Food adulteration claims
  • Forensic toxicology investigations involving impairment due to drugs and/or alcohol


  • B.S. Biology, High Point University
  • M.P.H. Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • Ph.D.Toxicology - University of Texas School of Public Health
  • Diplomate - American Board of Toxicology
  • Regulatory Affairs Certification