College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Faculty

Dr. Robert L. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Director, CFS3

Dr. Jianghong Meng, Ph.D.
Associate Director, CFS3
Director, JIFSAN

Dr. Paul Mazzocchi, Ph.D.
Associate Director, JIFSAN

Dr. Abani Pradhan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, CFS3

Dr. Shirley Micallef, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, CFS3

Dr. Debabrata Biswas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UM - Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, CFS3

Dr. Janie Dubois, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager, International Food Safety Training Laboratory

Dr. Clare Narrod, Ph.D
Research Scientist and Manager of the Risk Analysis Training Program, JIFSAN

Dr. James Rushing, Ph.D
Manager, International Training Programs, JIFSAN

Dr. Angela Winslow, Ph.D.
Biologist, Research Associate

 

Dr. Robert L. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Director, CFS3

In July of 2008 Dr. Robert L. Buchanan became the director for the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems. Dr. Buchanan comes to the Center from the Food & Drug Administration, where he spent 10 years as Senior Science Advisor for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Dr. Buchanan received his B.S., M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science from Rutgers University and post-doctoral training in mycotoxicology at the University of Georgia. His scientific research interests include extensive study in predictive microbiology, quantitative microbial risk assessment, microbial physiology, mycotoxicology and HACCP systems. He has served on a wide range of national and international committees on food safety including serving as a permanent member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specification for Foods, as a six-term member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Food and as the U.S. Delegate to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Hygiene.

Dr. Buchanan is published on a broad range of topics related to food safety, and is one of the co-developers of the USDA Pathogen Modeling Progam, a widely used program which advises on temperatures and other conditions needed to prevent bacteria growth.

With 30 years of experience teaching, conducting research in food safety, and working to make strides in both science and public health policy, Dr. Buchanan brings a range of experience and networks to the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems. Buchanan hopes to use his experience working with academia, industry and government into pragmatic research, education, and outreach programs that address priority food safety and security. "I believe strongly that food safety and security solutions can only be obtained through the combination of resources, experiences and capabilities supplied by academia, government and industry."

Dr. Jianghong Meng, Ph.D.
Associate Director, CFS3 Director, JIFSAN

Along with being the Associate Director of CFS3, Dr. Meng is a Professor within the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and the Director for the Joint Institute for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Dr. Meng received his veterinary medicine degree in China, and Master of Preventive Medicine and Ph.D. from University of California, Davis. His research interests focus on food safety microbiology. He has extensive research experience in the identification and characterization of food-borne pathogens and bacterial antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Meng is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, American Society for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Food Technologists, and International Association of Food Protection, and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal Protection and Applied & Environmental Microbiology. By appointment of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Meng has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria of Foods (NACMAF) since 2005. He also serves on the National Academies’ Committee on Review of Risk-Based Approach to Public Health Attribution. He is a Chang Jiang Scholar at the Northwest A&F University of China. Dr. Meng has published more than 90 papers and book chapters on food microbiology and safety.

Dr. Paul Mazzocchi, Ph.D.
Associate Director, JIFSAN

Dr. Mazzocchi has been in leadership positions at the Unviersity of Maryland throughout his career.  He is well known for his ability and interest in starting new programs and shepherding them to the point of stability.  Examples include his efforts as the founding leader of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, the College of Chemical and Life Sciences, JIFSAN and his newest venture in launching the University of Maryland's first online degree program: the Masters of Chemical and Life Sciences (MCLFS) program.  He has been the advisor and mentor of 24 PhD students and numerous Masters students and postdoctoral fellows.  He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on over $20M in grant funds from NIH, NSF, USDA, FDA, and industry.  He has served as a consultant to Westvaco Corp., Gillette Research and Biochemical Research Inc.  His board memberships included the Board of Advisors, World of Chemistry, 1987-90; Editorial Advisory Board, Chemistry in the Community 1989-91; Board of Directors, Associates of the National Agricultural Library, 1990-93; Board of Trustees, Consortium for International Earth Sciences Information Network, 1987-89; Member, Board of Directors, Riley Memorial Foundation 1990-98.  He has served as a consultant and member of review committees for the National Science Foundation, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Environmental Health and Safety, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC, USDA) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Board of Scientific Counselors (NIH).

He has worked extensively in Egypt, Brazil and Israel.

 

CFS3 Faculty

Dr. Abani Pradhan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UM - Department of Nutrition and Food Science, CFS3

Dr. Abani Pradhan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science & the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining us, Dr. Pradhan was working as a Research Associate at the Quality Milk Production Services in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he also received his post-doctoral training. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, his Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in Agricultural and Food Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, and his Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) in Agricultural Engineering from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology in Bhubaneswar, India. Dr. Pradhan is a recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service scholarship, through which he had conducted his master’s research at the Institute of Process Engineering, Federal Research Center for Nutrition in Karlsruhe, Germany. His research interests include quantitative microbial risk assessment, predictive microbiology, food safety engineering, and molecular epidemiology. Some of his recent research projects focused on quantitative risk assessments for Listeria monocytogenes contamination in foods, and molecular epidemiology and dynamics of endemic infectious diseases on dairy farms. He is affiliated with multiple professional societies and has presented his research work at a number of professional meetings and conferences. Dr. Pradhan has several publications in peer-reviewed journals relevant to his research areas. He also serves as a reviewer for several journals relevant to his research interests and has chaired a number of meeting sessions.

Dr. Shirley Micallef, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UM - Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, CFS3

Dr. Shirley Micallef is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to this, Dr. Micallef was engaged as a Research Associate at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. Here she conducted post-doctoral research on the pre-harvest contamination of tomatoes with Salmonella and enterococci. Her main interests include the survival, persistence and propagation of foodborne enteric bacteria in the agro-environment, the influence of cropping practices on bacterial contamination of fresh produce and how pathogens interact with specialty crops. She is also interested in rhizobacterial and epiphytic bacterial communities associated with plant species and how plant genetics may influence bacterial colonization and diversity in the rhizosphere and phyllosphere, and how these processes relate to food safety of fresh produce. She received her Ph.D. in microbial ecology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her Master of Science (M.Sc.) in plant biology and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in biology and chemistry from the University of Malta. She also worked as an Environmental Biologist, carrying out environmental impact assessments, for six years at Malta University Services Ltd., providing consultative services in terrestrial and marine plant ecology and liaising with consultants in various fields.

Dr. Debabrata Biswas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UM - Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, CFS3

Dr. Debabrata Biswas is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3) & the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Dr. Biswas has received his Ph.D. in Bacteriology and Zoonotic Infection from the Department of Animal Resource Sciences at the University of Tokyo, Japan where his research focused the host-foodborne bacteria (Campylobacter jejuni) interactions. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral fellow for two years at Washington State University School of Molecular Biosciences, Pullman, WA. During this postdoctoral training, Dr. Biswas worked on the purification and characterization of bacterial (C. jejuni) secreted proteins and defined the function of the proteins in adherence, invasion and survival in intestinal cells. Then Dr. Biswas joined as a Research Associate at the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan, Canada. At VIDO, his works focused on the factors involved in the colonization of food-borne bacterial pathogens including C. jejuni, enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (0157:H7) in the intestinal epithelial cells and the development of antigenic components to prevent the colonization of these bacterial pathogens in agricultural animals.

Prior to moving to the University of Maryland-College Park, he worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Food Safety, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. His research there focused on the construction of a novel Salmonella enteric serovar Typhimurium and C. jejuni vaccine against chicken colonization to make safer poultry products and the role of orange citrus oil, blueberry juice and some other natural products in control of foodborne bacterial colonization in animals.

 

JIFSAN Faculty

Dr. Janie Dubois, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager

Dr. Dubois received her Bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology from Universite Laval in Quebec City (Qc, Canada), and her Master's and PhD in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry from McGill University (Montreal, Qc, Canada).  Prior to joining JIFSAN, she held various positions in laboratory management, applications, and product management at Malvern Instruments.  Janie was first at JIFSAN in 2003-2005, when she held a Research Associate position performing microbiology and chemistry research in a project at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.  Her research interests have included oil oxidation and chemical imaging applied to infectious diseases, but her current research at IFSTL is focused on food safety methods.  Janie has been involved in training activities in China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, Singapore and Japan.

Clare Narrod, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Manager of the Risk Analysis Training Program, JIFSAN

Clare Narrod received her Ph.D. in Energy Management and Environmental Policy in 1997 and a Master’s Degree in International Development and Appropriate Technology both from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998-2000 Dr. Narrod served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Risk Fellow at USDA. Prior to coming to JIFSAN, she was at the International Food Policy Research Institute where she conducted research to improve food and water safety along the value chains of poor producers. In the past, she worked at the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of the United States Department of Agriculture and at the Food and Agriculture Organization. She has also consulted for the World Bank and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. Recent research interests have been to identify cost-effective aflatoxin and avian flu risk reduction measures for economically disadvantaged producers in developing countries, understanding the role of public-private partnerships in improving market access for the poor, and finding cost-effective nanotechnologies that can improve food and water safety for populations lacking formal infrastructure. She has also looked at the role of public private partnership’s in enhancing the poor’s access to markets. Dr. Narrod has field experience in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand, Mali, Mexico, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Dr. James Rushing, Ph.D.
Manager, International Training Programs

Jim Rushing currently works with JIFSAN as the Manager of International Training Programs.  He retired from Clemson University in 2008 where he held the rank of Professor and Center Director at the Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston, SC.  After retiring he worked almost two years as the Vice President of one of the largest fruit and vegetable production companies in the United States.

He earned his PhD in Horticultural Sciences from the University of Florida 1985.  During his 29 years of University service as a Postharvest Specialist, he took professional development sabbaticals.  He spent three years as a self-employed consultant based in Santiago, Chile.  Later he spent one year with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Visiting Scientist at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, MD.  He has worked in 36 countries in the fruit and vegetables industries.

Jim has been actively involved in fresh produce food safety issues since 1990 when he collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control to investigate outbreaks of Salmonella illness associated with produce from South Carolina.  He went on to assist with various grant-funded food safety programs and has conducted training at the international, national, regional, state and county levels.  He assisted JIFSAN with the development of a Train-the-Trainer course for international audiences and has recently updated the training manual that is available on the JIFSAN website.

Dr. Angela Winslow, Ph.D.
Biologist, Research Associate

Angela received her B.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology from Howard University (Washington, DC). In the summer of 2007, as a Minority Health and International Research Training Fellow, she conducted research on the isolation and treatment of wound pathogens using the oil from Terminalia catappa seeds at the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria. While completing her Ph.D. (2011), she served as a volunteer graduate student intern at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in Laurel, MD. Prior to joining JIFSAN, Angela served as adjunct faculty at the University of the District of Columbia Community College as well as Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA). Her research interests include: the inhibitory effect of bacteriocins from various sources; identification of pathogenic organisms using molecular techniques; and the control of pathogenic and food spoilage organisms.

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