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Esther Haugabrooks, PhD


Esther Haugabrooks, Ph.D., is a toxicologist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nationwide organization of physicians and laypersons that promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, and addresses controversies in modern medicine, including ethical issues in research.

Dr. Haugabrooks promotes and reviews human-relevant methodologies in domestic and international regulations. Through evidence-based advocacy, she participates in public outreach programs, scientific presentations, publications, and expert groups. She coordinates the Physicians Committee’s efforts as Secretariat for the International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO). ICAPO advocates for the replacement and reduction of animals used in the international chemical test guidelines program of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in addition to the overall broad uptake of new approach methodologies.

Prior to working at the Physicians Committee, Dr. Haugabrooks worked in Orange County, Florida, with the Florida Department of Health as a health educator consultant, and then for the Florida Department of Citrus as a medical research manager.

Dr. Haugabrooks has been an active member of the Society of Toxicology since 2013 and American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology since 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakwood University, a master’s in environmental science from Tuskegee University, and a doctorate in toxicology from Iowa State University.