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Executive Committee

The FRI Executive Committee is comprised by faculty and staff whose primary research and teaching programs focus on food safety and quality. The group is chaired by the FRI Director and works to promote the interests of FRI and ensure that the strategic plan and overall goals for FRI are appropriately developed and implemented.

Picture of Jeri Barak Jeri Barak (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Associate Professor, Dept. Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison
Faculty: Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster

Bacterial colonization of plants with a focus on food safety of fresh produce
Picture of Charles  Czuprynski Charles Czuprynski (e-mail)
Director, Food Research Institute
Professor and Chair, Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine

Pathogenesis of listeriosis and salmonellosis; Bovine respiratory disease; Immunotoxicology; Use of nanotechnology in wound healing; Biofilm formation
Picture of Kathleen Glass Kathleen Glass (e-mail)
Associate Director, Food Research Institute
Senior Scientist, Food Research Institute

Development of safe low acid refrigerated foods, processed meat products, and process cheese; Effect of antimicrobials on Gram-positive foodborne pathogens
Picture of Eric A. Johnson Eric A. Johnson (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Professor, Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison

Clostridium botulinum: control, toxins, genetics
Picture of Charles W. Kaspar Charles W. Kaspar (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Professor, Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison

E. coli O157:H7; Stress-response systems; Pre-harvest food safety; Molecular and physiological mechanisms of acid tolerance
Picture of Nancy P. Keller Nancy P. Keller (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology & Toxicology; Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison
Faculty: Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster

Antifungals; Fungal molecular biology; Mycotoxins; Fungal genomics
Picture of Laura J. Knoll Laura J. Knoll (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Associate Professor, Dept. Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UW-Madison
Faculty: Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster

Molecular parasitology; Vaccine development for the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii
Picture of Andrew Milkowski Andrew Milkowski (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Adjunct Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison

Meat quality; Processed meat product quality measurement; Product and ingredient safety; Regulatory policy
Picture of Michael W. Pariza Michael W. Pariza (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Professor Emeritus, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison

Dietary aspects of carcinogenesis; Biological significance of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and other naturally occurring biological compounds in food
Picture of Jeff Sindelar Jeff Sindelar (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison

Quality and sensory characteristics of processed meats; Non-meat ingredient functionality; Intervention strategies to control pathogenic bacteria in meat products.
Picture of Amy C. Wong Amy C. Wong (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Professor Emeritus, Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison

Picture of Jae-Hyuk Yu Jae-Hyuk Yu (e-mail)
Core Executive Committee, Food Research Institute
Professor, Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison
Faculty: Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster

Fungi and mycotoxins: molecular genetics and genomics of spore formation and mycotoxin biosynthesis in filamentous fungi