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Amanda J Deering

Department of Food Sciences 

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
Nelson Hall of Food Science (NLSN) Room 1151
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Amanda Deering obtained her B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Plant Biology from Central Michigan University. She completed her Ph.D. at Purdue University in Food Microbiology and Food Safety specializing in plants and fresh produce.
Dr. Deering's research focuses on examining internalization of human pathogenic bacteria in plants and various routes of contamination that can contribute to plants harboring pathogenic bacteria. She also works in the development of novel post-harvest sanitizers for the reduction of bacteria on fresh produce.

Dr. Deering works directly with the fresh produce industry and has vast experience with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and post-harvest processing operations. She is a lead team member of the Safe Produce Indiana program

Dr. Deering is a member of the Purdue Afghanistan Team that is re-developing a university system in agriculture in that war-torn country. Dr. Deering along with Dr. Haley Oliver are training students and faculty about food safety and how they can teach others. 

Current Graduate Students and Research Lab Members
Oscar Galagarza (Post Doc)

Awards & Honors

(2019) Purdue University College of Agriculture Millionaire’s Club. Purdue University.

(2018) Purdue Outstanding Extension Faculty Award. Purdue Extension.

(2017) Purdue University Seed for Success Award. Purdue University.

(2017) GMA Food Safety Award. Grocery Manufacuturers Association.

(2017) Purdue University Bravo Award. Purdue Food Science.

(2016) Purdue University Seed for Success Award. Purdue University.

(2015) FDA Food Safety Challenge Winner. Food and Drug Administration.

(2014) Indiana Extension Educators Association Team Award—Food Safety for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Issue-Based Action Team. Purdue Extension.


Deering, A. J. (2015). Novel method for sanitizing fruits and vegetables. U.S. Patent No. US9125427B2. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Wang, Y., Deering, A. J., & Kim, H. J. (2020). The occurrence of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in aquaponic and hydroponic systems. Horticulturae, 6(1), 1. doi:10.3390/horticulturae6010001

Guan, W., Egel, D. S., Torres Bravo, A. P., & Deering, A. J. (2018). Effect of Growing Systems on the Production of Specialty Cantaloupes (Cucumis melo L.) in Indiana. Amer. Soc. For Hort. Sci.

Vibbert, H. B., Ku, S., Li, X., Ximenes, E. A., Kreke, T., Ladisch, M. R., . . . Gehring, A. G. (2015). Accelerating Sample Preparation Through Enzyme-Assisted Microfiltration of Salmonella in Chicken Extract. Biotechnology Progress, 31(6), 1551-1561.

Ladisch, M. R., Ximenes, E. A., Kreke, T., Foster, K. A., Ku, S., Liu, L., & Deering, A. J. (2015). Bioseparation and Analysis Techniques for Food Safety Inspection. 16th Beijing Conference and Exhibition on Instrumental Analysis (BCEIA), Session G: Analytical Techniques in Life Sciences.

Egel, D. S., Deering, A. J., White, E. M., Maynard, E. T., Ruhl, G., Faghihi, J., . . . Guan, W. (2016). Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers 2016. 216. Retrieved from

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