Dr Jose Centeno

Jose A. Centeno, PhD, FRSC
Chief, Division of Biophysical Toxicology
The Joint Pathology Center
Depleted Uranium and Embedded Fragment Laboratory
Malcolm Grow Medical Center
1057 West Perimeter Road, Bldg 1050, Room GB-33
Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington, MD 20762
Phone (Office): (240) 857-6882; Fax: (240) 857-7952Email:


Jose A. Centeno, M.Sc., Ph.D., FRSC, Senior Supervisory Research Scientist and Chief of the Division of Biophysical Toxicology at the Joint Pathology Center, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Joint Base Andrews Air Naval Facility Washington, USA.  Dr. Centeno received his BS and MSc degrees in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Michigan State University, and completed postdoctoral training in biophysics at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP). 

Dr. Centeno is a founding member and the current Chairman of the International Medical Geology Association (IMGA). He is the US Officer of the IUGS-Commission on Geosciences for Environmental Management (GEM) and has served as Senior Adviser, UNESCO-IUGS-International Year of Planet Earth (2007-2009).  Dr. Centeno currently hold adjunct faculty positions at several national and international academic centers and universities including Turabo University in Puerto Rico (as Distinguished Professor, Environmental and Health), Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, Metropolitan University in Puerto Rico, and the Faculty of Chemistry-University of the Republic of Uruguay. 

Dr. Centeno is author and coauthor of over 200 publications (manuscripts, book chapters, reports, monographs and research abstracts), co-editor of the book “Essentials of Medical Geology – Impacts of the Natural Environment on Public Health” (2005) and “Medical Geology – A Regional Synthesis” (2010), serves on the editorial board of four scientific journal, and has organized several national and international conferences, including as the founding member of the International Medical Geology Conference series. He has been involved in numerous academic, government and professional activities including serving as a member of the Working Group for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC, Vol. 74), NIH grant proposal Study Sections, USAID grant proposal Review Panel, USEPA TOSCA Interagency Testing Committee, US National Research Council Committee on Earth Sciences and Public Health, and National Academies – Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO). He is the recipient of several national and international awards, and has been invited to speak in more than 50 countries.