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2018

Join us in the Foodborne Pathogen Genomic Epidemiology Course
November 15, 2018
Are you interested in learning how to trace foodborne pathogens using whole genome sequences? Join us in a new special topics course FDSC 497 Foodborne Pathogen Genomic Epidemiology in Spring 2019!
Congratulations to Ashley
November 11, 2018
Congratulations to our lab member Ashley Weaver for placing second in the best Undergraduate Medical Microbiology Poster category at the Annual Meeting of the Allegheny Branch American Society for Microbiology.
Food Science Students Presented their Creative Halloween Projects
October 31, 2018
Students in FDSC 409 - Laboratory in Food Microbiology have presented their creative Halloween projects to a Food Science jury.
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.
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!
Kicking off USDA-funded Program Bugs in my Food
June 5, 2018
Beginning of June Penn State Department of Food Science welcomed 13 Bugs in my Food (BIMG) Undergraduate Fellows that joined faculty labs to train their laboratory and science communication skills in the context of food microbiology.
NGS workshop in Zurich
April 7, 2018
When spring refuses to come to State College, we go after it across the Atlantic.
Undergraduate students presented their research at the GSD Research Expo
March 29, 2018
Undergraduate lab members Sarah Koay, Caitlin Luyster and Thomas Pastor presented their research on cocoa safety and antimicrobial resistance at the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Expo at Penn State on March 27th.
Xiaoxuan (Meg) Shi will pursue CONSERVE internship
March 28, 2018
Congratulations to undergraduate lab member Xiaoxuan (Meg) Shi for being accepted for the CONSERVE Summer Internship Program!
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.