EducationPh. D. (Food Science), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
AffiliationsAssociate Director of Agricultural Research ProgramDirector of Center for Food Safety Engineering Center
ResearchThe study of growth and inactivation of foodborne pathogens in different foods. Specific interest on studying the heat inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes under varying environmental conditions. Developing novel methods for non-thermal inactivation of pathogens in fresh fruit and vegetable products. Applied research efforts have been dedicated to developing food safety and quality programs as well as performing microbial assessments of food processing and food preparation environments.
ExtensionRetail food safety training and retail food handler certification programsHACCP education and training for the meat and poultry, seafood, and juice industriesGMP and sanitation training for the food industryBetter Process Control School for low acid and acidified foodsExecutive board member for a) The Conference for Food Protection and b)The International HACCP Alliance