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Dr. Eric Walters

Dr. Eric Walters

Eric Walters has a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Walters is Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Chicago Medical School, at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  He has been on the faculty there since 1991.  Prior to that, he spent 12 years carrying out research in the food and pharmaceutical industry, including 9 years in the discovery of new high potency sweeteners.  He continues to do research in sweet and bitter taste, and has over 90 research publications.  He has consulted for several food and pharmaceutical companies, and has served as an expert witness in cases involving sweetener chemistry and biology at the U.S. International Trade Commission and in Federal District Court.


Dr. Walters edited a book on sweeteners, titled Sweeteners: Discovery, Molecular Design and Chemoreception; this book won the Platinum Award from the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society.

He is also co-author of Scientists Must Speak, now in its second edition. This book helps scientific and technical professionals to give lively, engaging, and informative presentations.    

Professor Walters has spoken to numerous professional and lay audiences on the subject of sweeteners.

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