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    Institute for
    Food Safety
    and Health

    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Moffett Campus
    6502 South Archer Rd.
    Bedford Park, IL 60501-1957
    (P) 708.563.1576

    FDA DFPST Staff Directory

    Contacts for personnel with the FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology (DFPST) are listed below. Full contact listings for IFSH administrative and research staff can be found by clicking the Staff Directory page.


    Absar Alum, PhD
    FDA Commissioner's Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 119A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4173
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    absar.alum@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Waterborne and Foodborne Virology and Parasitology
    Education: PhD in Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences

    Nathan M. Anderson, PhD
    Agricultural Engineer
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 369, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4152
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    nathan.anderson@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Risk-based Process Design, Thermal and Non-thermal Processing, LACF
    Education: PhD, MS and BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Food Process Engineering)

    Binu Bedford
    Research Scientist/ ORISE Research Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 116, Bldg.90
    Phone: 708.728.4105
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email: Binaifer.Bedford@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Food Allergens, Natural Contaminants, Water Chemistry, Food Safety
    Education: MS in Food Safety and Technology and BS in Chemistry

    Annemarie Buchholz, PhD
    Microbiologist, FDA/CFSAN Staff Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 119A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4167
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    annemarie.buchholz@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Food Microbiology
    Education: BS in Microbiology and Biotechnology, PhD in Food Science


    Yang Chen
    Chemist /ORISE Research Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Phone: 708.728.1839
    Email:  yang.chen@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Analytical Chemistry
    Education: BS in Food Engineering

    Hongliu Ding, MD, PhD, MPH
    Epidemiologist, FDA/CFSAN Commissioner’s Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 119A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4160
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    hongliu.ding@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology, Population Health
    Education: MD in Clinical Medicine, MPH in Epidemiology, PhD in Clinical and Population Health Research


    Timothy V. Duncan, PhD
    Research Chemist
    Department: NCFST/FDA, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 113, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4101
    Email:
    timothy.duncan@fda.hhs.gov  

    Expertise: Physical Chemistry, Electronic Materials, Nanotechnology
    Education: PhD in Physical/Inorganic Chemistry

    Gregory J. Fleischman, PhD
    Research Chemical Engineer
    Department: NCFST/FDA, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 370, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4122
    Fax:  708.728.4177
    Email:
    gregory.fleischman@fda.hhs.gov  

    Expertise: Heat and Mass Transfer, Microwave Heating, Mathematical Modeling
    Education: PhD and BS in Chemical Engineering


    Tong-Jen Fu, PhD
    Research Chemical Engineer
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 371, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4149
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    tongjen.fu@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Sampling, Detection and Decontamination of Pathogens in Fresh Produce, Food Allergens (Physicochemical, Detection, Novel Proteins and Bioengineered Foods)
    Education: PhD, MS, BS in Chemical Engineering


    Alice Gardner
    Secretary, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 418, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4118
    Email:
    alice.gardner@fda.hhs.gov

    Dana Gradl
    Microbiologist /ORISE Research Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 116, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708-728-4108
    Email: Dana.Gradl@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: BS in Microbiology

    Thomas E. Graham, PhD
    Microbiologist/Supervisor, Laboratory Proficiency and Evaluation Team
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room TBA, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4114
    Fax: 708.728.4179
    Email:
    thomas.graham@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Food Microbiology

    Lauren Jackson, PhD  
    Research Food Technologist/FDA Team Leader, Food Chemistry and Nutrition
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 373, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4162
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    lauren.jackson@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Chemical Contaminants, Allergens, Nutritional Changes associated with Food Processing
    Education: BS in Food Science, MS, PhD in Food Science


    Joseph E. Jablonski, PhD
    Research Chemist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 368, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4151
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    joseph.jablonski@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, Small Molecule Analysis
    Education: PhD in Analytical Chemistry, BS in Biology


    Susanne E. Keller, PhD
    Research Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 373, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4140
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email: susanne.keller@fda.hhs.gov

    John L. Koontz, PhD
    Research Chemist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 113, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4155
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    john.koontz@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Food Packaging, Migration of Indirect Food Additives from Polymers, Analytical Chemistry
    Education: PhD, MS, and BS in Food Science


    David T. Laird, PhD
    Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 436, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4143
    Fax: 708.728.4174        
    Email:
    david.laird@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Laboratory Auditor, Virology
    Education: PhD in Food Science (Dairy Microbiology), MS in Agricultural Economics, BS in Animal Science, BS in Medical Technology


    John W. Larkin, PhD
    Chief, Process Engineering Branch
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 424, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4131
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    john.larkin@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Process Validation, Thermal Processing, Aseptic Processing
    Education: PhD in Food Science and Agricultural Engineering, MS and BS in Food Science


    Haiping Li, PhD
    Research Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 377, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4110
    Fax:708.728.4177
    Email:
    haiping.li@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Molecular Food Microbiology
    Education: PhD, MS in Food Science, BS in Biology


    Kristin M. Marshall, PhD
    Research Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 431, Building 90
    Phone: 708.728.4165  
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    kristin.marshall@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Molecular Biology of Clostridium botulinum
    Education: BS in Microbiology, MS in Food Science, PhD in Food Science


    Richard E. McDonald, PhD
    FDA Division Director and Chairman of NCFST Science Forum 
    Department: NCFST/FDA  Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 425, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4154
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    richard.mcdonald@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Chemistry, Biochemistry
    Education: BS, MS, PhD in Food Science and Technology

    Christina Megalis, BS
    Research Scientist/ORISE Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 370, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.414164
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    christina.megalis@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Food Microbiology
    Education: BS, Biological Sciences

    Niharika Mishra, PhD
    FDA Commissioner’s Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 119A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4168
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    niharika.mishra@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise:  Food Process Engineering, Novel Food Processing Technologies, Modeling, Bio Nanotechnology
    Education:  PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, M. Tech in Dairy and Food Engineering, B. Tech in Agricultural Engineering

    Travis Morrissey
    Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 120, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4158
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    travis.morrissey@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: BS in Microbiology


    Edgar Murakami
    Agricultural Engineer
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 416, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4111
    Email:
    edgar.murakami@fda.hhs.gov

    Robert Newkirk, BS
    Microbiologist/ORISE Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 430, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.1838
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    robert.newkirk@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Food Pathogens and PCR Methods
    Education: BS in Biology with a Focus in Microbiology

    William Northeimer
    Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 417A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4137
    Email:
    william.northeimer@fda.hhs.gov

    Vishnu Patel
    Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 312, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4136
    Email:
    vishnu.patel@fda.hhs.gov

    Karthik Pillai, PhD
    FDA - ORISE Chemist, PEB
    Department: IFSH/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 116, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4175
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email: karthik.pillai@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Polymer Science, Nanocomposites 
    Education: Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering


    Ravinder Reddy, PhD      
    Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 420, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4112
    Fax: 708.728.4179
    Email:
    ravinder.reddy@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Proficiency Testing, Dairy Technology and Food Microbiology and Analytical Methods
    Education: PhD in Food Science and Technology, MS in Dairy Manufacturing, BSc in Dairy Technology

    Rukma Reddy, PhD
    Research Food Technologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room: 374, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4135
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    rukma.reddy@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Clostridium Botulinum, High Pressure Processing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging of Fresh Fishery Products, Food Phytates
    Education: PhD, MS in Nutrition and Food Science


    Karl Reineke
    Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 365, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4150
    Fax: 708.728.4176
    Email:
    karl.reineke@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: BA in Biology

    Joelle K. Salazar, PhD
    Microbiologist/ORISE Research Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 418, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708-728-4139
    Fax: 708-728-4177
    Email:
    joelle.salazar@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Microbiology, Food Safety and Technology, Molecular Biology
    Education: PhD in Biology, MS in Biology with specialization in Microbiology, BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology


    Arlette Shazer
    Support Scientist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 377, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4157

    E-mail: arlette.shazer@fda.hhs.gov
    Expertise: Food Safety, Thermal Inactivation of Microorganisms


    Y. Carol Shieh, PhD
    Research Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 364, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4106
    Email:
    carol.shieh@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Foodborne Virology
    Education: PhD, MS in Microbiology


    Guy E. Skinner, PhD
    Research Food Technologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 376, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4134
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    guy.skinner@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Microbiology, Clostridium Botulinum, Food Safety, Extended Shelf-Life Refrigerated Foods, HACCP, Seafood Safety, Food Safety Objectives
    Education:  BS, MS, PhD in Food Science and Technology


    Yoonseok Song, PhD
    Research Food Technologist/Packaging Scientist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 375, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4126
    Fax: 708.728.4176
    Email:
    yoon.song@cfsan.fda.gov

    Expertise: Package Integrity, Migration/Safety of Indirect Additives and Contaminants in Polymers
    Education: PhD in Food Engineering and Packaging

    Christina Stam, PhD
    Research Microbiologist/ORISE Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 119A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4107
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    christina.stam@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Food Microbiology and Food Safety
    Education: BS, MS and PhD in Food Science

    Diana Stewart
    Microbiologist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 437, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4147
    Fax:  708.728.4177
    Email:
    diana.stewart@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Food Pathogens, Molecular Microbiology
    Education: MS in Biology

    Yan Sun
    Virologist, ORISE Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 116, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4159
    Fax:    708.728.4177
    Email: yan.sun@fda.hhs.gov

    Jean Tarwater
    Administrative Assistant
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 422, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4100
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    jean.tarwater@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Secretarial
    Education: Moser (Robert Morris) Secretarial Certificate Program


    Mary Lou Tortorello, PhD
    Chief, Food Technology Branch
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 423, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4146
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    mary.tortorello@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: PhD in Microbiology, MS in Biological Science, BS in Biological Science

    Artemio Z. Tulio, Jr., PhD
    Chemist/Nutritional Biochemist
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 112, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4156
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    E-mail:
    artemio.tulio@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Natural antioxidants in Food, Bioactive Compounds, Aroma Chemistry
    Education: Postdoc (Food Science), Postdoc (Interdisciplinary), Ph.D. (Food Chemistry), M.S. (Postharvest Physiology), and B.S. in Food Technology

    Stephen P. Walker, PhD
    Staff Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 113, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708-728-4161
    FAX: 708-728-4117
    Email:
    Stephen.Walker@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Sensors, Thermal and Non-Thermal Processing, Dairy Processing Equipment
    Education: PhD, MS and BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

    Yun Wang, PhD
    Research Biochemist/ ORISE Research Fellow
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 418, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4115
    Fax: 708.728.4177
    Email:
    Yun.Wang2@fda.hhs.gov

    Expertise: Biological Engineering, Biosensors/Bioassays for Food Safety and Disease Diagnosis, Nanotechnology.
    Education: PhD in Biosystems Engineering, MS and BS in Biological Engineering

    Marilyn Wright
    Administrative Officer
    Department: NCFST/FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    Office: Room 421, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.728.4103
    Email:
    marilyn.wright@fda.hhs.gov
    Last modified: 02/26/2014 17:16:50

    Institute for Food Safety and Health | Illinois Institute of Technology | Moffett Campus
    6502 South Archer Rd. Bedford Park, IL 60501-1957 (P) 708.563.1576