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UW-Madison Food Research Institute

Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster

Cluster Focus
The cluster’s goals are to develop innovative, responsive and competitive research programs, and to foster collaborations with UW–Madison faculty who conduct research applicable to food safety issues. The faculty in the cluster study how to control microbial pathogens and toxins involved with foodborne diseases and illnesses, and provide advice on biosecurity against use of foodborne microbes and toxins in bioterrorism. The Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster was designed to integrate with and enhance the cutting edge research of the Food Research Institute (FRI).

Read more about the Food Pathogens and Toxins Faculty Cluster Initiative here.

Cluster Structure
The Food Pathogens and Toxins Cluster faculty enhance a group of distinguished affiliated faculty of the Food Research Institute. Cluster faculty are affiliated with and teach courses in their own areas of specialization and/or cluster-related courses in their home departments. As such, cluster faculty foster new interdisciplinary efforts both as members of the department and the Food Research Institute. Cluster faculty also participate with affiliated faculty and students via the bimonthly seminars.

Cluster Coordinator
Chuck Czuprynski, Professor, Pathobiological Sciences and Director, Food Research Institute

Cluster Faculty

  • Jeri Barak, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology; FRI Affiliated Faculty (website)
  • Nancy Keller, Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Bacteriology; FRI Core Executive Faculty (website)
  • Laura Knoll, Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology; FRI Core Executive Faculty (website)
  • Jaehyuk Yu, Professor, Bacteriology; FRI Core Executive Faculty (website)
  • Ferencz Denes, Associate Professor Emeritus, Biological Systems Engineering (website)