Barbara VanRenterghem, PhD

Title: Editorial Director
Company: Food Safety Magazine
Location: Rutland, Massachusetts, United States

Barbara VanRenterghem, PhD, Editorial Director at Food Safety Magazine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in scientific publishing.

Dr. VanRenterghem is a biochemist, pharmacologist and molecular biologist with more than two decades of expertise in scientific writing and publishing. Since 2008, she has been the editorial director of Food Safety Magazine, building on a prior position with Vicon Publishing as the editor in chief and science editor for both Lab Manager Magazine and Controlled Environments. Science was always Dr. VanRenterghem’s passion and her interest in the field was encouraged by her mother, a surgical nurse. Dr. VanRenterghem completed a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry at Bowling Green State University in 1989 and was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology by the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1994. At the time, Dr. VanRenterghem was pregnant with twins and unable to pursue opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry and accepted a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in molecular medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

In 1999, Dr. VanRenterghem was offered a position with Eaton Publishing/T&F Informa as the chief editor, scientific editor and acquisitions editor of BioTechniques. She would remain with Eaton Publishing until 2005, taking on a broad range of roles at both BioTechniques and Preclinica. She is passionate about translating groundbreaking science into relevant content for those in the food supply and production chains and is proud to have been involved in designing multiple publications from the ground up. Dr. VanRenterghem attributes her success to her strong work ethic and sense of perfectionism and looks forward to exploring other opportunities in scientific publishing and healthcare communications in the coming years. She is a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and is an active member of the board of a local hospital, serving on the patients and family advisory council and the patients and family care committee.

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