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Chris Whitehouse MS, PhD.
Leadership Role

Chris Whitehouse
Chris Whitehouse MS, PhD.

Division of Animal and Food Microbiology


Dr. Chris Whitehouse serves as the Deputy Director of the Division of Animal and Food Microbiology at the Office of Research within FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.  He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology in 1997 from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and his Master of Science in Biology from the same university in 1992. He also obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Old Dominion University in 1989. He joined the FDA in 2016 after 15 years working as a research scientist within the Department of Defense. He assists the Division Director in the administrative and scientific management of the division, as well as serves as a scientific advisor to the scientists and staff in the division.


  • Food Microbiology and Foodborne Diseases
  • Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Bacterial Pathogens and Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Zoonotic Diseases and One Health

Select Publications

Whitehouse, C.A., S. Zhao, H. Tate. 2018. Antimicrobial Resistance in Campylobacter species: Mechanisms and Genomic Epidemiology. Advances in Applied Microbiology 2018; Volume 103:1-47. 

Whitehouse C.A., S. Zhao, S. Young, C. Li, G. Martin, P.F. McDermott. 2018. Using whole-genome sequencing to characterize Campylobacter spp. isolated from retail poultry in the United States in 2015 Food Microbiology 73:122-128.

Liu, H., C.A. Whitehouse, B. Li. 2018. Presence and persistence of Salmonella in water: The impact on microbial quality of water and public health. Frontiers in Public Health 2018 May 30; Vol. 6: Article 159.

Whitehouse, C.A., S. Zhao, S. Mukherjee, H. Tate, S. Bodeis-Jones, S. Young, S. Gaines, P.F. McDermott.  2017.  Gyrase A mutations in Campylobacter associated with decreased susceptibility to different fluoroquinolones Journal of Food Protection 80:1863-1866.

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