Biotechnology Program

Purnendu Vasavada

Title: Professor

Department: Animal and Food Science 
Training and Background:

Food Microbiology

Food processing

Applied Microbiology 

Course Responsibilities:

FDSC 335 Food Microbiology

FDSC 460 Fermentation Technology


Awards and Recognition:

IFT-Distinguished Lecturer (2003-2005, 2006-2009)

Fellow, American Academy of Microbiologists ( 1989-)

DHS- National Center for Food Protection and Defense – Education and Risk Communication group( 2005-)

Training program for Biotechnology – GMO and Food Safety - USDA- Cochran Fellowship Trainee from SE Asia (2003) 

Research Interests and Professional Activities:

Microbial diagnostics – rapid methods and automation

ATP bioluminescence- application in rapid hygiene monitoring

Detection of emerging pathogens- Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria

Member, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) – Food Microbiology Division,

Biotechnology Division, International Division

Chair, IFT-FMD (2003-1004)

IFT- CETE Committee

Member- Wisconsin Biosecurity group (2005-)

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