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Center for Research on Ingredient Safety

Director of CRIS

Michael P. HolsappleMichael P. Holsapple was named the director of the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS) at Michigan State University on July 27, 2015.

With more than 35 years as a toxicologist and leader in academia, industry as well as in non-profit charitable organizations, Dr. Holsapple is uniquely-suited to lead Michigan State University’s CRIS center. He will be building on MSU’s internationally renowned knowledge base in food safety and toxicology.

Holsapple, who has been an affiliate professor at MSU since 1994, most recently served as the executive director for Global Immunotoxicology at Covance Laboratories, Inc. He was also a senior research leader in systems toxicology at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

Holsapple has served as the executive director of the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), which is the global branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) in Washington, D.C. During his time with HESI, Holsapple facilitated the organization’s emergence as a recognized global leader in advancing the state-of-the-science of safety and risk assessment.

He has also worked in the Toxicology, Environmental Research and Consulting Laboratories for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich., and has served as a tenured associate professor for the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He has published more than one hundred and fifty manuscripts and chapters. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in pharmacology and toxicology from Purdue University.

Holsapple has served on the board of directors for both the American College of Toxicology (ACT) and the Society of Toxicology (SOT). He was also president of the SOT from 2010 to 2011, presiding over the Society’s 50th anniversary.

In recognition of his contributions to toxicology, he received the SOT Achievement Award in 1992, the Vos Award-Career Achievement in Immunotoxicology in 2009 from the SOT Immunotoxicology Specialty Section, and the Ambassador of Toxicology Award in 2014 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the SOT.

He was elected as a Fellow in the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS) in 2006 and is currently serving as president of the ATS.


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