Happy Holidays!

December 19, 2019

Wishing you happy holidays and all the best for the year ahead!

Gabby and Jared awarded CAS undergraduate research grants

December 9, 2019

Gabriella Pinto and Jared Pavlock won undergraduate research grants to support their research projects in Spring 2010. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Runan for winning a CAS competitive research grant!

December 7, 2019

Congratulations to a Ph.D. candidate Runan Yan for winning a competitive research grant awarded by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences!

Congratulations to Emma for Winning an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

November 18, 2019

Emma Mills awarded a National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems 2019 Scholarship Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement - Congratulations for a well-deserved recognition!

Students at the Allegheny Branch American Society for Microbiology meeting

November 11, 2019

Kovac lab was well represented at this year's Allegheny Branch American Society for Microbiology meeting that took place at the Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.

Course on genomic epidemiology of foodborne pathogens

November 2, 2019

Join us in the FDSC 497 - Foodborne Pathogen Genomic Epidemiology course offered in Spring 2020!

Congratulations to Barry and Gabriella!

October 17, 2019

Congratulations to Gabriella Pinto and Jingzhang (Barry) Feng for winning Department of Food Science undergraduate research awards. Gabriella and Barry are senior undergraduate students majoring in Food Science. Thanks to the Department for a generous support of our undergraduate researchers!

On the Rise: Jasna Kovac is Safeguarding Your Shopping Cart

October 15, 2019

Food. It’s one of those things that connects us all. From jet-set billionaires to slum-dwelling street urchins, everyone needs to eat. Yet, in our modern, technocratic, globalized world, very few people have a direct relationship with the production of the food they need to survive. The vast majority of us buy our food from others, whether at a farm stand or supermarket shelf, which means there is almost always supply chain involved. And along that supply chain, between harvest, storage, processing, transportation, and preparation, there are lots of potential opportunities for food to pick up harmful contaminants.

Scholar trains educators from Ethiopia in detection of foodborne pathogens

October 2, 2019

Cassidy Prince has learned a great deal about foodborne pathogens while working in the lab of Jasna Kovac, Penn State assistant professor of food science. She also has learned how gratifying it can be to pass what she has learned onto others.

Penn State Microbiome Center's DAWG chews on microbiome data sets

September 21, 2019

Doctoral candidate Mara Cloutier is passionate about researching microbiomes and opening up this rapidly expanding field of study to others through the Data Analysis Working Group. Our Ph.D. student Taejung Chung was one of the co-founders of the DAWG.

Foodborne pathogen sheltered by harmless bacteria that support biofilm formation

August 23, 2019

Congratulations to Ellie for publishing the first paper resulting from her 7,000 miles of sampling trips!

Congratulations to Laura Rolon for Winning a NE SARE Graduate Student Grant!

July 29, 2019

Congratulations to mBiome PhD student in Food Science Laura Rolon for winning a NE SARE Graduate Student Grant.

Gabriella Pinto awarded a College research grant

July 1, 2019

Congratulations to Gabriella Pinto for a College of Agricultural Sciences undergraduate research award.

College of Agricultural Sciences trains Ethiopians to detect dairy pathogens

June 28, 2019

A two-week training on foodborne pathogen detection methods, focused on dairy, will help educators and government agencies in Ethiopia ensure the safety of dairy products in that country.

Food scientist Kovac receives young investigator award

May 1, 2019

Jasna Kovac, assistant professor of food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named recipient of the Institut Merieux Young Investigator Award in Antimicrobial Resistance from the International Association for Food Protection.

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.

Workshop at University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla

November 23, 2018

Thanks to all the students and faculty of the University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla for attending the whole genome sequencing workshop on November 17, 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.