Betsy Jean Yakes, PhD
Betsy Jean Yakes, PhD
Acting Director, Division of Research and Evaluation
U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Betsy joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in 2007. Currently, she is the Acting Director for the Division of Research and Evaluation, Office of Dietary Supplement Programs. In this role, she works closely with subject matter experts responsible for the review of new dietary ingredient notifications. In her permanent position, Betsy is a Research Chemist in the Office of Regulatory Science where she leads research on portable devices and develops accurate biosensor detection for toxins, pathogens, and contaminants in foods, dietary supplements, food contact materials, and cosmetics.