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Expert in Food Safety, Food Microbiology, Foodborne pathogens, Bacteriophage therapy, Microbiology, Genomics, Whole Genome Sequencing, Diagnostic tests, Antibiotic Resistance

Expert ID: 735340 Canada

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Expert has been formally trained in basic and food microbiology and has developed extensive expertise in this area. As a Expert, he has conducted numerous (applied microbiology) research projects that evaluated bacterial physiology under various conditions with respect to growth in foods (food microbiology, meat microbiology, dairy microbiology) and the environment (environmental microbiology). He has also devised methods to evaluate water pollution (water pollution microbiology). He has developed novel growth broths and mediums to culture microorganisms (microbiology medium, microbiology broth).

Expert also has a great deal of experience with molecular microbiology and has employed many molecular techniques in the study of microorganisms. Finally, I have also designed microbiology laboratories for clients.

Expert has developed a great deal of experience in genomics. For example, he currently leads a team of more than 25 international professors and researchers in the Salmonella Syst-OMICs consortium, a major $10 million dollar research project aimed at reducing the presence of Salmonella in foods. As part of this project, Expert and his team of sequenced the whole genomes of more than 3,000 Salmonella isolates representing more than 230 serotypes. He is also employing metagenomics to develop new methods to predict foodborne disease emergence, and to understand how foodborne pathogens survive in the human gastrointestinal tract.

He regularly conducts research on foodborne pathogenic microorganisms including Salmonella spp, Vibrio sp., Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, noroviruses, hepatitis A virus, rotaviruses, and adenoviruses. He has developed selective and differential bacterial culture media and has developed methods to control pathogenic bacteria using bacteriophages. Expert studies the effects of endotoxin on bacterial pathogenesis and conducts research to develop approaches to reduce bacterial contamination in foods. He has also identified a group of bacteriophage/plasmid hybrids called phage-like plasmids that carry and spread antibiotic and heavy metal resistance genes.

Expert conducts research related to antimicrobial resistance on bacteria. He also develops new antimicrobials for use in foods.

A major area of expertise is rapid and confirmatory diagnostics for bacterial and viral pathogens. Expert has two patents related to bacterial detection. He also has experience in sample preparation, microbial isolation approaches, and concentration approaches. He has developed many different approaches to detect microorganisms including biochemical methods, bacteriophage-based methods, molecular methods, and genomic-based methods.

Expert has an extensive history of consulting in the area of food safety. Examples of previous and current consulting projects include: consulting on foodborne outbreak investigations and food contamination events; consulting on development and validation of rapid assays for detection of foodborne pathogens; consulting on development and implementation of genomics technologies for surveillance of foodborne diseases; design and development of food safety laboratories; Development and assessment of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plans; analysis of food samples for the presence of foodborne pathogens; phenotypic and genotypic characterization of foodborne pathogens; and molecular subtyping analysis to identify contamination sources in food production plants.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2002 Degree: PhD Subject: Food Science (Food Microbiology) Institution: University of Guelph
Year: 1997 Degree: MSc Subject: Food Science (Food Microbiology) Institution: University of Guelph
Year: 1995 Degree: BSc Subject: Microbiology Institution: University of Guelph

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor, Leung Family Professor in Food Safety Department: Canadian Research institute for Food Safety, Department of Food Science Responsibilities: Conduct research in food safety. Teach students in food safety courses. Supervise Graduate students.
Years: 2013 to 2019 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Associate Professor, Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety Department: Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry Responsibilities: Conduct research in food safety. Director of the one year MSc Food Safety and Quality Program. Teach students in food safety courses. Supervise Graduate students.
Years: 2006 to 2013 Employer: Colorado State University Title: Assistant/Associate Professor Department: Department of Animal Science Responsibilities: Conduct research in meat safety. Teach students in meat safety courses. Supervise Graduate students.
Years: 2003 to 2006 Employer: University of Wyoming Title: Assistant Professor Department: Department of Animal Science Responsibilities: Conduct research in meat safety. Teach students in meat safety courses. Supervise Graduate students.
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: Colorado State University Title: Associate Dean Department: Graduate School Responsibilities: Develop graduate training programs. Develop initiatives to increase the numbers of racialized students in graduate school.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
International Association of Food Protection. Member 2003-
Institute of Food Technologists. Member 2003-
Professional Appointments
2018- International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses. Study Group on the Caudovirales.
2018 International Association for Food Protection Awards Selection Committee
2017- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Food Safety Cooperation Forum Partnership Training Institute Network.
2017 International Association for Food Protection Nominating Committee
2016- Health Canada Food Expert Advisory Committee.
2016- International Association for Food Protection Membership Committee. Chairperson.
2014-2016 International Association for Food Protection Membership Committee. Vice Chairperson.
2013- International Standards Organization Technical Committee on Method Validation.
2013-2016 The World Bank Global Food Safety Partnership. Food Safety Technical Working Group Co-Chair.
2013-2017 United States Department of Agriculture. The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.
2011 The National Academies: National Research Council Committee on the Use of Public Health Data in FSIS Food Safety Programs.
Awards / Recognition
Leung Family Expert in Food Safety. University of Guelph.

Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series Lecturer. University of Massachusetts Amherst.

James M. Flaherty Visiting Expert in the Centre for Food Safety, University College, Dublin. Ireland Canada University Foundation.

Ian and Jayne Munro Endowed Chair in Food Safety. McGill University.

North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Charles N. Shepardson Meritorious Teaching Award. Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

2011 Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science/ American Association for the Advancement of Science Summer Leadership Institute Fellow.

Society for Applied Microbiology, President’s Fund Award.

Michigan State University. Department of Food Science and Human Health. Sara Lee Endowment Lecturer.

University of Guelph, Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert Witness in one case to date. Information is undisclosed.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is globally recognized as an expert in food safety and is regularly interviewed by the internet, print, radio and TV media on topics related to food safety and food science. He has extensive experience in working with the media.

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