FRI Personnel

  • Czuprynski
    Charles Czuprynski
    Director, Food Research Institute
    Professor and Chair, Pathobiological Sciences,
    School of Veterinary Medicine
    Faculty Profile
    (608) 263-6826
    1311 Microbial Sciences Building
  • Glass
    Kathleen Glass
    Associate Director, Food Research Institute
    Distinguished Scientist, Food Research Institute
    Faculty Profile
    (608) 263-6935
    3157 Microbial Sciences Building
  • Borger
    Adam Borger
    Outreach Program Manager
    (608) 263-7062
    3203 Microbial Sciences Building
  • Jahn
    Lindsey Jahn
    Associate Outreach Specialist
    (608) 263-4229
    3153 Microbial Sciences
  • Bedale
    Wendy Bedale
    Science Writer
    (608) 698-1553
    3159 Microbial Sciences Building

"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

FRI Overview

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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