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Keith Singletary Bio

Dr. Keith Singletary Bio

Keith Singletary is Professor Emeritus of Nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois. Dr. Singletary received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Microbiology from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1986. From 2001-2004 he was the Director of the Functional Foods for Health Program, an interdisciplinary program between the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses of the University of Illinois. In 2003, he was recognized with the Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. Dr. Singletary’s primary research interests have been molecular carcinogenesis and cancer chemoprevention, specifically identifying and determining the mechanism of action of phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables and spices as cancer protective agents. He also has investigated the biological basis behind the role of alcohol intake in enhancing breast carcinogenesis. More recently he has served as a Scientific Review Officer managing panels of subject matter experts evaluating military health-related grants for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense.