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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

Congratulations to Xiaoqing
October 3, 2018
Congratulations to Xiaoqing (Ellie) Tan, M.S. student in Food Science, for her 1st place finish in The Penn State Microbiome Center Annual Networking Event poster competition held on October 2, 2018 in the Life Sciences Bridge.
Taejung presented his research at ASM NGS meeting
September 27, 2018
Taejung Chung presented his research at the ASM Conference on Rapid Applied Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines held on September 23–26, 2018 in the Washington DC area.
Hephzibah's and Marysabel's summer REEU experience
August 5, 2018
After two fruitful months of independent research at Penn State Department of Food Science through USDA-funded REEU project "Bugs in my food", Hephzibah Nwanosike and Marysabel Mendez Acevedo shared some of their impressions and experiences.