Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Special Seminar: Biotechnology for Food Safety

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
11:00 AM

2045 Bainer Hall


Topic: Biotechnology for Food Safety



Vivian C.H. Wu, Ph.D., Research Leader, Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit

USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center, Albany, CA


The importance of food safety to our national health and economy cannot be overemphasized. While the U.S. food supply is generally considered to be one of the safest in the world, foodborne illness continues to be a source of concern for the American consumer, federal government, and industry. In USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Regional Research Center (Albany, CA), Dr. Vivian Wu leads the Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit in conducting fundamental and applied research to improve the safety of the nation’s food supply. Molecular, biochemical, analytical, and bioengineering research approaches are used in understanding interactions between pathogenic microorganisms and produce and in developing novel interventions to remove or minimize contamination by these pathogenic bacteria in foods. This presentation discusses some of Dr. Wu’s own research in development of biosensors for the detection of human/foodborne pathogens and in development of strategies for controlling human/foodborne pathogens.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

2045 Bainer Hall University of California Davis

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