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Bruce M Applegate

Department of Food Sciences 

  • Professor of Food Science
Nelson Hall of Food Science (NLSN) Room 3177
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

B.A., Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Detection of viable foodborne pathogens using bateriophage; automated extraction of nucleic acids from various matrices; enumeration of microorganisms (i.e. pathogens and other organisms) using quantitative PCR; the use of bioreporters in bioelectronics; metabolic engineering; detection of problematic microorganisms in industrial environments; construction of recombinant bacterial strains to rapidly evaluate antimicrobial products; microbial ecology.

FS 291/275 Food in the Media and Public Opinion
FS 491 Dominican Republic Study Abroad
FS 564 Food Fermentations

Current Graduate Students and Research Lab Members
Michael Oats (Biology)
Caleb Waddell

Awards & Honors

(2009) NASA Inventions and Contributions Board Award. NASA.

(2005) Seed for Success Award. Vice Provost for Research.

(2005) Seed for Success Award. Vice Provost for Research.


Applegate, B. M., Morgan, M., Perry, 0., & Kothapalli, A. Methods for Generation of Reporter Phages and Immobilization of Active Bacteriophages on a Polymer Surface. U.S. Patent No. Filed Utility Patent # 12/549,500.. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Applegate, B. M. Bioluminescent biosensor device. U.S. Patent No. 6,544,729. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Duarte-Gómez, E. E., Graham, D., Budzik, M., Paxon, B. N., Lazlo, C., Morgan, M. T., . . . San Martin-Gonzalez, M. (2014). High hydrostatic pressure effects on bacterial bioluminescence. LWT Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft-und-Technologie, 56(2), 484–493.

Serrano-Nino, J. C., Cavazos-Garduno, A., Hernandez-Mendoza, A., Applegate, B. M., Ferruzi, M. G., San Martin-Gonzalez, M., & García, H. S. (2013). Assessment of probiotic strains ability to reduce the bioaccessibility of aflatoxin M1 in artificially contaminated milk using an in vitro digestive model. Food Control, 31(1), 202–207.

Kim, S., Schuler, B., Terekhov, A., Auer, J., Mauer, L., & Perry, L. (2009). A bioluminescence-based assay for enumeration of lytic bacteriophage. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 79(1), 18-22.

Orr, M., Gray, M. B., Applegate, B. M., Volenec, J. J., Brouder, S. M., & Turco, R. F. (2015). Transition to second generation cellulosic biofuel production systems reveals limited negative impacts on the soil microbial community structure. Applied Soil Ecology, 95, 62-72.

Stratton, T., Garc, A., & Youngblood, J. (2009). Application of a High Throughput Bioluminescence-Based Method and Mathematical Model for the Quantitative Comparison of Polymer Microbicide Efficiency. Biomacromolecules, 10(5), 1173-1180.

Perry, L., SamMiguel, P., Minocha, U., Terekhov, A., Shroyer, M., Farris, L., . . . Reuhs, B. (2009). Sequence analysis of Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteriophage FV10 and identification of a phage encoded immunity protein that modifies the O157 antigen. Fems Microbiology Letters, 292(2), 182-186.

Applegate, B. (2008). Chlorine Dioxide Oxidation of Dihydronicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH) Inorganic Chemistry, 47, 2205-2211.

Park, M., Banks, M., Applegate, B., & Webster, T. (2008). Influence of nanophase titania topography on bacterial attachment and metabolism. International Journal of Nanomedicine, 4(3), 8-Jan.

Applegate, B. (2008). Luminescence Techniques for the Detection of Bacterial Pathogens. In Principles of Bacterial Detection: Biosensors, Recognition Receptors and Microsystems (1, 213-230). Springer Science and Business Media.

Kim, S., Igboegwu, E., Terekhov, A., & Applegate, B. (2005). Bioluminescent Assay for Evaluating Bacteriophage Infectivity in a Food Model.

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