Charlotte H. “Charlene” Edinboro, DVM, PhD

Charlene EdinboroSenior Scientist
Exponent, Inc. Health Sciences Practice

Dr. Edinboro is a veterinary epidemiologist at an engineering and health consulting firm.  Her interests include infectious disease prevention in animal shelter populations, feline medicine, and the impacts of endocrine disruptors on the thyroid health of companion animals as sentinels for human health.  Her research has included studies of dietary and environmental risk factors for feline hyperthyroidism.  She has published the first clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of intranasal vaccines to prevent upper respiratory diseases in cats and dogs in animal shelters, as well as other epidemiologic study results.  Dr. Edinboro has worked as a small animal part-time and relief veterinarian in private practice and at a large humane society, where she hypothesized, and it was later determined, impounded goats carried Q fever, a zoonotic disease.  Dr. Edinboro is active with her local veterinary medical association, serving as president for the second time, and she has been a liaison with a local animal rescue group, a large humane society, and the local county health department.  Dr. Edinboro volunteers as a feral cat spay/neuter clinic veterinarian.


  • PhD, Comparative Epidemiology, Purdue University, 2002
  • DVM, University of California-Davis, 1990
  • MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 1976
  • BS, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 1975


  • Oxford Laboratories Award for Excellence in Advancing Knowledge of Small Animal Endocrinology, Society for Comparative Endocrinology, 2005
  • Kenneth Scott Fellowship in Epidemiology and Animal Welfare, Purdue University, 1997-2001
  • Phi Zeta Veterinary Medicine Honor Society
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Voyager Spacecraft System Design and Development
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Voyager Flight Operations

Selected Publications:

  • Goldkamp CE, Levy JK, Edinboro CH, Lachtara JL.  High seroprevalence of feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus in cats with abscess or bite wounds and poor compliance with current guidelines for retrovirus testing.  J Am Vet Med Assoc 2008;232:1152–1158.
  • Levy JK, Edinboro CH, Glotfelty CS, Dingman, PA, West AL, Kirkland-Cady KD.  Seroprevalence of Dirofilaria immitis, feline leukemia virus, and feline immunodeficiency virus in dogs and cats rescued from the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricane disaster.  J Am Vet Med Assoc 2007;231:218–225.
  • Edinboro CH.  Companion animals may serve as sentinels of health risk—A review of thyroid diseases in three non-human species.  (Abstract) Thyroid 2006;16:908-909. 
  • Buffler PA, Kelsh MA, Lau EC, Edinboro CH, Barnard JC, Rutherford GW, Daaboul JJ, Palmer L, Lorey FW.  Thyroid function and perchlorate in drinking water:  An evaluation among California newborns, 1998.  Environ Health Perspect 2006;114:798-804.
  • Mezei G, Cher D, Kelsh M, Edinboro C, Chapman P, Kavet R.  Occupational magnetic field exposure, cardiovascular disease: mortality, and potential confounding by smoking.  Ann Epidemiol 2005;15:622-629.
  • Edinboro CH, Scott-Moncrieff JC, Glickman LT.  Review of iodine recommendations for commercial cat foods and potential impacts of proposed changes.  (Abstract) Thyroid2004;14:722.
  • Edinboro CH, Scott-Moncrieff JC, Glickman LT.  Environmental risk factors for feline hyperthyroidism:  Pet cats as potential sentinels for public health.  (Abstract) Thyroid2004;14:759.
  • Edinboro CH, Scott-Moncrieff JC, Janovitz EB, Thacker HL, Glickman LT.  Epidemiologic study of the relationships between commercial canned food consumption and the risk of hyperthyroidism in cats.  J Am Vet Med Assoc 2004;224:879–886.
  • Edinboro CH, Ward MP, Glickman LT.  A placebo-controlled trial of two intranasal vaccines to prevent tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) in dogs entering a humane shelter. Prevent Vet Med 2004;62:89–99.
  • Edinboro CH, Scott-Moncrieff JC, Tetrick M, Glickman LT.  Dietary and environmental risk factors for clinical hyperthyroidism in pet cats.  (Abstract) Ann Epidemiol2002;12:509.
  • Edinboro CH, Janowitz LK, Guptill-Yoran L, Glickman LT.  A clinical trial of intranasal and subcutaneous vaccines to prevent upper respiratory infection in cats at an animal shelter.  Feline Practice 1999;27:7–11,13.