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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

More scrutiny needed for less-deadly foodborne bacteria
February 14, 2019
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria — Bacillus cereus — which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.
Jingzhang (Barry) Feng awarded a College research grant
December 15, 2018
Congratulations to Jingzhang (Barry) Feng for a College of Agricultural Sciences undergraduate research grant award.
Penn State food safety experts to help make Ethiopian dairy food supply safer
November 28, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Food safety specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with scientists at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and Kansas State University on a project to improve the safety and quality of Ethiopian dairy foods.