Annette B. Santamaria

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


Dr. Santamaria is a board-certified toxicologist with over 30 years of multidisciplinary consulting 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.

Dr. Santamaria has experience with assessing exposure to a variety of chemicals, nanomaterials, consumer products, (e.g., personal care products, cosmetics, paints, cleaning products, air fresheners), tobacco, marijuana, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. 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 toxic tort cases, product liability cases, and regulatory matters. She has critically evaluated the health risks associated with occupational or environmental exposures to a variety of chemicals (i.e., manganese, talc, arsenic, asbestos, trichloroethylene, PCBs, flame retardants, solvents, phthalates). She has also prepared many exposure and safety assessments for consumer products to ensure compliance with U.S., European, and Canadian consumer product regulations or California’s Proposition 65 regulations.

Prior to her consulting career, Dr. Santamaria worked in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 6 years conducting in vitro research to identify chemoprotective substances. Her research conducted during this time identified cruciferous vegetables, especially broccoli, as potentially highly protective against carcinogens. Dr. Santamaria’s Master of Public Health training at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene focused on Health Policy and Epidemiology. Dr. Santamaria’s doctoral training at the University of Texas School of Public Health was in molecular toxicology, in which she studied the toxicological mechanism of a treatment for psoriasis called PUVA. She has published several book chapters and publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented seminars on a wide variety of topics.

Education and Certifications

  • Toxicology, Ph.D.: University of Texas School of Public Health
  • Health Policy and Management, MPH: Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • Biology, minors in chemistry and psychology, B.S.: High Point University
  • Diplomate: American Board of Toxicology, DABT
  • SCUBA Certification: PADI, Professional Association of Diving Instructors