Kovac Lab

Our research at Penn State is focused on precision food safety.

We are integrating (meta)genomic and phenotypic methods to better understand how microbial genetic background and environmental factors influence epidemiology, pathogenic potential and antimicrobial resistance of foodborne pathogens.

Kovac Lab News

Girls Exploring Yogurt-fermenting Microbes
March 14, 2018
Centre county middle school girls visited Kovac lab to explore yogurt-fermenting microbes an learn about food microbiology.
Unique cohort will support student exploration of agricultural microbiomes
February 8, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study in the emerging field of agricultural microbiome research.
21st Penn State Plant Biology Symposium
December 22, 2017
Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes | June 19 - 22, 2017