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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

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.
At ADSA 2018
June 25, 2018
Presenting our past and ongoing work in a talk "Applying whole-genome sequencing to illuminate dairy sporeformers" on Tuesday June 26 at ADSA 2018 | https://www.adsa.org/2018/. Thanks to the organizing committee for a kind invitation!
Lab members Emma and Meg Receive Undergraduate Research Awards
June 23, 2018
Our lab members Emma Mills and Xiaoxuan (Meg) Shi received Penn State College of Ag Sciences Undergraduate Research Awards for their research proposals. Congratulations!