Dr. Michael Whitekus is a board certified toxicologist, with advanced degrees in chemistry and toxicology, and over 25 years of academic and industry experience. He has extensive expertise evaluating adverse drug and alcohol events and regularly performs forensic toxicology causation analyses on alcohol, prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit drugs, chemicals, inhaled particles/gases, pesticides, solvents, metals, and environmental contaminants. Dr. Whitekus applies his expertise in toxicology towards resolving civil and criminal disputes involving toxic or chemical agents.
Dr. Whitekus has held various key toxicology positions in industry, most recently working at Pfizer, Inc. as a drug safety team lead and senior study director. As a drug safety expert Dr. Whitekus has authored or reviewed ~180 drug safety reports, authored or contributed to FDA investigational new drug applications and new drug applications (INDs/NDAs), and has evaluated numerous drugs (e.g., Lyrica® and Milnacipran®) in multiple therapeutic areas including allergy, vaccine development, infectious disease, oncology, the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system, metabolic disease (diabetes), and inflammation. As a study director Dr. Whitekus oversaw laboratory operations for the drugs he evaluated. Prior to working at Pfizer, Dr. Whitekus was a laboratory director at BioReliance and provided leadership critical to drug safety evaluation and oversaw laboratory operations for the drugs he evaluated. Dr. Whitekus completed postdoctoral training at the UCLA School of Medicine’s Clinical Immunology and Allergy department in conjunction with the Southern California Particle Center and Supersite.
Dr. Whitekus received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and a Michigan provisional secondary teaching certificate (Chemistry/Math) from Eastern Michigan University (EMU). He then was awarded an MS degree in Chemistry from EMU and a PhD degree in molecular and cellular toxicology from Wayne State University. Dr. Whitekus is a graduate of the Borkenstein course on Alcohol and Highway Safety. He is a member of the Society of Toxicology, the Society of Forensic Toxicology, the American College of Toxicologists, and the National Safety Council (Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division).