Food Research Institute Overview

Charles Czuprynski

Charles Czuprynski Faculty Profile
Room 1311,
Microbial Sciences

Kathleen Glass
Associate Director

Kathleen Glass Faculty Profile
Room 3157,
Microbial Sciences

Adam Borger
Outreach Program Manager

Adam Borger 608-263-7062
Room 3201,
Microbial Sciences

Lindsey Jahn
Associate Outreach Specialist

Jahn 608-263-4229
Room 3153,
Microbial Sciences

Wendy Bedale
Science Writer

Bedale 608-698-1553
Room 3159,
Microbial Sciences

"The founders of the Food Research Institute visualized an independent, academically based organization of high technical competence to whom industry could turn for unbiased information on questions of food safety." —E. M. Foster, FRI Director, 1966–1986


The Food Research Institute, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison operates its own laboratories and administers its own research and service programs. Our mission is to catalyze multidisciplinary and collaborative research on microbial foodborne pathogens and toxins and to provide training, outreach, and service to enhance the safety of the food supply.

To fulfill this mission FRI engages in the following food safety activities:

  • Conducts fundamental and applied research
  • Provides accurate and useful information and expertise
  • Delivers quality education and training
  • Provides leadership in identifying and resolving food safety issues to meet community, government, and industry needs


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