Teaching Science with Food Safety
Robert L. Bronaugh, Ph.D
Dr. Bronaugh is the Director of the Cosmetic Staff in the Office of Cosmetics and Colors and the CFSAN Lead Scientist for Dermal Toxicology. He obtained a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Colorado. After postdoctoral work at the Univ. of Colorado Medical School and New York Univ. Medical School he joined INTERx Research Corporation and worked on the development of pro drugs for dermal delivery. Since joining the FDA in 1978, Dr. Bronaugh has been involved in many different aspects related to the percutaneous absorption and metabolism of topically applied chemicals. He is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and is a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. He serves as a reviewer for journals in the fields of toxicology, pharmacology, and cosmetic science and is currently on the editorial boards of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Toxicology In Vitro, and Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology. Dr. Bronaugh has presented approximately 100 guest lectures and has authored over 240 articles in scientific publications.
Bhakti Petigara Harp
Bhakti Petigara Harp joined FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC) as a chemist
in 2000. Her current responsibilities include research and methods development for
color additives and other components using various analytical techniques including
HPLC, mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, and TLC-videodensitometry for the agency’s
color certification program. She also is a technical expert and troubleshooter to
support the FDA district laboratories in regulatory actions concerning the analysis
of atypical samples of food, drugs and cosmetics containing organic color additives.
In addition, Bhakti performs chemistry reviews of data establishing chemical identity,
composition, stability, and manufacture of color additives submitted in support
of color additive petitions. Bhakti earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Franklin and
Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from University
of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Cecilia M. Wolyniak
Ms. Wolyniak graduated Wayne State University, Detroit, MI with a B.S. in Chemistry
degree. She worked as an analytical chemist in FDA's Detroit and Baltimore District
laboratories. After performing a detail as Baltimore District Recall Coordinator,
she accepted a position in FDA's Division of Emergency and Epidemiological Operations,
coordinating recalls and emergencies. Ms. Wolyniak then moved to FDA's Center for
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition as FDA's national recall coordinator in the foods
area. This past summer she moved to FDA's Office of Enforcement and is one of the
recall coordinators who oversees FDA recalls agency-wide.
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