WELCOME! Food microbiology plays a critical role in protecting public health and ensuring food security worldwide. As we face current and emerging challenges for food protection domestically and abroad, the study of microbial food safety becomes even more pertinent, and exciting!
In the Food Safety Microbiology Lab, we study the spread, detection, and control of foodborne pathogens along the farm-to-table continuum. We focus on designing and evaluating chemical, physical, and biological antimicrobial mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of pathogen transmission and hence, illness in the consumer. We also study the methodologies to better detect injured bacterial cells in multiple food and animal matrices as well as the phenotypical and genotypical characteristics that allow pathogens to survive, multiple, and even thrive in foods and food processing environments.