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Expert in Food Safety & Food Microbiology

Expert ID: 721955 Canada

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Expert' current research interests include rapid detection of foodborne pathogens; factors controlling growth and survival of microorganisms in foods; and beneficial uses of microorganisms. Expert has authored more than 170 peer-reviewed articles. He has supervised the thesis research of 19 M.Sc. and 5 Ph.D. students who have graduated from the University where he teaches. He is engaged in research to develop detection methods for foodborne microorganisms and to learn more about how microorganisms behave in food and food production/ processing environments.

Expert along with his research team has developed diagnostic methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens that can be applied directly in foods. They have developed novel methods for using bacteriophage to detect foodborne pathogens which are being commercialized.

He is a leader in the application of bioluminescence for the study and detection of foodborne microorganisms. This allows him to study organisms in vivo without recourse to culture. The full potential for the use of bacteriophage for detecting, identifying and controlling microorganisms has yet to be realised. There is substantial interest in the development of phage as antimicrobial agents for use in human and veterinary medicine. They also have the potential for controlling contamination at food processing facilities. He believes Bioluminescence also has a tremendous future in the study of infection and assessing the potency of therapeutic agents. His future research efforts are geared to develop new reagents based on bacteriophage as well as developing a biosensor for the detection of all foodborne pathogens. They are also producing reported bacteria that can be used to analyze stress responses in vivo.

He is the founder member with Dr. Douglas Dalgleish of Ontario Dairy Industry Consultative Panel - a forum for discussion of research with representatives of the major milk producer and processor organizations in Ontario.He has performed contract research for several large companies.
He has a good working relation with Producer, Processor and Regulatory groups in milk red meat and poultry sectors.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: PhD Subject: Microbial Biochemistry Institution: University of Leicester
Year: 1971 Degree: BSc (CNAA) Applied Biology Subject: Microbiology/Biochemistry Institution: North East London Polytechnic

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chair in Dairy Microbiology & Director, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety Department: Food Science Responsibilities: He is program chair for the MSc Program in Food Safety & Quality Assurance.
Years: 1980 to 1990 Employer: Hannah Research Institute Title: Senior Scientific Officer Department: Food Science and Technology Responsibilities: He was head of the dairy microbiology section.
Years: 1974 to 1980 Employer: Hannah Research Institute Title: Higher Scientific Officer Department: Food Science and Technology Responsibilities: He was responsible for research on milk utilization and milk quality.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1998 to 1998 Country / Region: Paris, France Summary: He spent a sabbatical leave at Ecole Veterinaire Maison D'Alfort

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of the International Association of Food Protection, the American Society for Microbiology, the Society of Applied Microbiology, the American Dairy Science Association and the Canadian Institute for Food Science and Technology.
Professional Appointments
He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Food Science, and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Food Protection, International Journal of Food Microbiology and Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. He is a member of the management board of Journal of Food Protection. He is on the editorial boards of the Encyclopaedia of Food Microbiology and Encyclopaedia of Dairy Sciences. He is a member of two International Dairy Federation Expert groups and serves on the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee for Dairy Farmers of Canada. He is a member of the working party on Academic Education in Food Microbiology of the International Union of Microbiological Societies.
Awards / Recognition
He was the G. Malcolm Trout visiting scholar at Michigan State University in 1999.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 157 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has contributed chapters to 12 books and he holds 2 patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has appeared as an expert witness in court proceedings.
Training / Seminars
He has developed training courses in Rapid Methods in Food Microbiology and Safety of Fermented Sausages. He has given training courses in UHT processing to companies. He has delivered numerous seminars at international meetings in several countries.
Other Relevant Experience
He has effectively managed large research groups.

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