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Marysabel Mendez Acevedo
Marysabel was an undergraduate researcher from University of Puerto Rico, visiting Penn State as a Bugs in my Food Fellow (USDA-funded REEU program). Her research in Summer 2018 was focused on characterization of a new Bacillus cereus group species. Marysabel started a MS program in Food Science at University of Puerto Rico in Fall 2018 and plans to pursue a PhD after earning and MS degree.

Shannon Brady

Megan Condello
Megan was an undergraduate majoring in Food Science. She worked on a research project that investigates the antimicrobial resistance of E. coli and Salmonella strains. She was highly interested in food safety and hopes to gain more knowledge of these major food pathogens through this project.

Kaelyn Emanuel
Kaelyn was an undergraduate majoring in Food Science, with interest in microbiology. She assisted in the research focused on inactivation of Salmonella on cocoa beans. She is highly interested in food safety and microbial testing, and hopes to conduct her own research on food pathogens in the future.

Sarah Koay
Sarah worked as an undergraduate research in the lab in 2018. She secured competitive funding from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences for her research focused on evaluating food safety of raw cocoa. She was evaluating the antimicrobial effects of infrared treatment of cocoa to improve safety of minimally treated cocoa. Sarah has graduated in Spring 2018 and is working on a quality assurance position at Bloomin Brands.

Hephzibah Nwanosike
Hephzibah was an undergraduate researcher from Juniata College, visiting Penn State as Bugs in my Food Fellow (USDA-funded REEU program). Her research in Summer 2018 was focused on investigating the effect of different cocoa roasting processes on inactivation of Salmonella. Hephzibah is interested in research studies that contribute greatly to improved public health. She has done research in the area of food and environmental microbiology, epigenetics and metagenomics. After College, Hephzibah will gain more experience in research and move on to a graduate school to earn a doctorate degree.

Thomas Pastor
Thomas was working in the lab in 2018. He was evaluating Bacillus cereus group microorganisms from food and food processing environments as potential reservoirs of transmissible antimicrobial resistance genes (AMRg). He was using whole genome sequence data to identify AMRg and investigate their associations with phenotypic susceptibility. Thomas was awarded IFT's 2016 Feeding Tomorrow General Undergraduate Scholarship. He graduated in Spring 2018 and is now working at Christian Hansen.