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Thomas Hartung, M.D., Ph.D.

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Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Chair, Evidence-based Toxicology
Director, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Recognized as an integral figure in promoting the use of in vitro test methods that focus on human rather than animal biology, Dr. Thomas Hartung assisted in the development of several test strategies at the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods that revolutionized the way safety assessments for chemicals are done in Europe. In 2009, he came to the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health as the director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.

Dr. Hartung is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and has served on the editorial boards of Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA) and Alternativen Zu Tierexperimenten (ALTEX). He has also received numerous awards, including the 2008 ALTEX Award and the 2006 Society of Toxicology Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award.

A graduate of the University of Konstanz, Germany, Dr. Hartung received his doctorate in biochemical pharmacology and his medical degree in toxicology from the University of Tubingen, Germany. He completed his medical internship in surgery at the University of Freiburg.