Color and learn about microbes in food!

June 1, 2020

Our undergraduate student Cassidy Prince is developing a food microbiology themed coloring book. If you are curious about an invisible world of microbes in food, please download the first page on a topic of endospores and have fun coloring.

Congratulations to Naomi for an NSF Honorable Mention!

May 30, 2020

Naomi Niyah received an NSF Honorable Mention in an area of microbial biology. Naomi is investigating the use of genomic markers to predict the toxicity of Bacillus cereus to human cells and study their evolution using comparative genomics coupled with cell culture and microbiological phenotypic assays.

Visit our YouTube channel for food science outreach

May 12, 2020

Visit our YouTube channel run by students excited about creating food science content for a broad general audience!

Graduating food-science student parlays undergrad research experience into job

May 8, 2020

Gabriella Pinto provides a great example of what undergraduate research can do for a student. The Penn State food science major, who graduates this month, is headed for a good job armed with a wealth of experience and knowledge from her research, which gives her a leg up on her career.

"Sciencing" online during COVID-19 pandemic

March 28, 2020

Since March 16, our lab is working online to help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV- 2, the virus causing COVID-19 #flattenthecurve

Research Visit in Ethiopia

March 28, 2020

Jasna and Kerry visited our lab's research collaborators at Addis Abab University. They made it back to the U.S. just in time to practice social distancing.

A Penn State Microbiome Center workshop: Functional basis of microb[iom]e annotation, theory to practice

February 24, 2020

Penn State Microbiome center will offer a workshop on the functional annotation of microbiome data. Drs. Yana Bromberg and Chengsheng Zhu will present the workshop on March 5 and 6. Join the group and learn how to analyze your own data!

A Penn State Microbiome Center Workshop - The Latest from Illumina

February 11, 2020

A Penn State Microbiome Center workshop on the latest Illumina technology: "Navigating the latest NGS Technologies for Microbiome research: From Sample preparation through analysis". Save the date: Friday, February 21st, 2020, from 1 pm – 3 pm, Food Science room 252

Jasna giving a seminar at The Ohio State University

January 28, 2020

Jasna is giving a seminar "Toward microbiome-informed detection and control of foodborne pathogens in the food supply chain" on Wednesday, January 29th, 4 pm, at The Ohio State University's Parker Food Science and Technology Building.

Priscilla giving a talk at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 28, 2020

Priscilla will give a talk on "Combating Listeria monocytogenes Growth in Tree Fruit Packinghouse Biofilms" at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.

Cassidy awarded a University Student Engagement Network Grant

December 20, 2019

Congratulations to Cassidy Prince, a recipient of the University Student Engagement Network Grant. The grant will support Cassidy's international food safety work in Ethiopia in March 2020.

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.