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Food Safety and Food Microbiology

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Our faculty working in food safety and microbiology explore the interactions between microbial communities, food, and food consumers with the goal of improving the safety, health, and quality of the local and global food supply. This field encompasses the study of spoilage microorganisms, foodborne pathogens, and beneficial microbes at every link in the supply chain, from farm to table. Our research includes everything from produce safety at harvest to food pathogen epidemiology to shelf life stability.


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Food Safety and Preservation

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Health and Nutrition

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Food Chemistry


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    Alexis Hamilton
    Alexis M. Hamilton , bio

    Assistant Professor: Food Processing Microbiology

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    Dr. Joseph D. Eifert
    Joseph Eifert , bio

    Professor and Graduate Program Director: Food Safety, Poultry Processing, HACCP and Risk Assessment, Food Laws and Regulations, Food Safety Education

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    Katheryn Parraga
    Katheryn Parraga-Estrada , bio

    Extension Specialist – Muscle Food Safety, Seafood Safety, Extension, Food Safety Education

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    Kim Waterman
    Kim Waterman , bio

    Laboratory Manager

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    Laura Strawn
    Laura K. Strawn , bio

    Associate Professor: Food Microbiology, Produce Safety

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    Lester Schonberger
    Lester Schonberger , bio

    Associate Extension Specialist: Food Safety Education, Food Donation

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    Melissa Wright
    Melissa Wright , bio

    Director, Food Producer Technical Assistance Network

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    Monica Ponder
    Monica Ponder , bio

    Professor: Microbiology

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    Rachel Alessandra Cheng
    Rachel Cheng , bio

    Assistant Professor: Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Foodborne Illness Virulence and Disease Severity, Host-Pathogen Interactions of Foodborne Pathogens

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    Dr. Renee Raiden Boyer
    Renee Boyer , bio

    Department Head; Professor and Extension Specialist: Food Safety, Outreach

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    Tatiana Lorca , bio

    Director of Supplier Risk, Compass Group North America; Adjunct Assistant Professor

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    Yifan Cheng
    Yifan Cheng , bio

    Assistant Professor: Food Packaging, Food Process Engineering, Food Safety, Antimicrobial Nanostructures for Food Contact Surfaces, Intelligent Packaging