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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

    Staff Directory

    Contacts for IFSH’s administrative and research staff are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Full contact listings for personnel affiliated with the FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology (DFPST) can be found by clicking FDA Staff Contacts.

    B


    Robert E. Brackett, PhD
    Vice President and IFSH Director, Professor of Biology
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 231, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.1577
    Email:
    rbrackett@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Microbiology, Bacteriology, Food Safety
    Education: BS in Bacteriology, MS in Food Microbiology, PhD in Food Microbiology

    Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD
    Director, Center for Nutrition Research, Research Assistant Professor
    Department: IIT/IFSH, Clinical Nutrition Research Center

    Office: Room 339/338, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.341.7078
    Email:
    bburton@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Intake Regulation, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Metabolic Disorders
    Education: BS in Dietetics and Chemistry, MS in Nutritional Biology, PhD.

    C


    Mark Carter
    Manager of Food Safety, Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance
    Department IIT/IFSH

    Office: Administrative Offices, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.7539
    Email: mcarte11@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Safety, HACCP, Food Microbiology, GMP, Food Processing, Product Development, Quality Assurance

    Stefan Czarny
    Support Scientist (Microbiology)
    Department IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8151
    Email: sczarny@iit.edu

    D


    Hossein Daryaei, PhD
    Scientist

    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 305, Bldg. 91

    Phone: 708.563.2546
    Email: ddaryaei@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Microbiology, Food Safety, High Pressure Processing, Biochemistry
    Education: BS in Food Science and Technology, MS in Food Science and Technology, PhD in Food Technology

    Kaiping Deng, PhD
    Senior Scientist
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 305, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8170
    Email: kdeng3@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Food Safety
    Education: BS in Chemistry, MS in Bio-organic chemistry, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


    A. Todd Diel
    Safety Officer, Instructor
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 108, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8190
    Emergency: 708.269.2903
    Fax: 708.563.8162
    Email:
    diel@iit.edu

    Expertise: OSHA, DOT and EPA Compliance
    Education: MBA (Marketing and International Business), BS in Business Administration

    E


    Edward Eberhardt
    Maintenance/Facilities Worker (Utility Person II)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Loading Dock, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8289
    Email:
    eberhardt@iit.edu


    Indika Edirisinghe, PhD
    Senior Scientist/Research Assistant Professor (Nutrition)
    Department: IIT/IFSH, Clinical Nutrition Research Center

    Office: Room 334, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8178
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email:
    iedirisi@iit.edu

    Expertise: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Nutrition
    Education: BS in Zoology, MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Andrew Ehn
    Accounting  Associate
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 228A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708-563-8156
    Email: aehn@iit.edu

    G


    Patrick Ginty
    Facility Engineer
    Department: IIT/IFSH, Facilities

    Office: Moffett Campus Facilities
    Phone: 708.563.8270
    Fax 708.563.8162
    Email:
    Ginty@iit.edu

    Expertise: Procurement, Maintenance, Installation, Calibration of Moffett Campus Facilities, Equipment and Process Equipment Systems, Instructor for Mechanical/Thermal Engineering Courses
    Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering, US Navy Electronics


    Elizabeth M. Grasso-Kelley, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 305, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8824
    Email: egrasso@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Microbiology, Low-Moisture Food Safety
    Education: BS in Food Science, MS in Food Science and Nutrition, PhD in Food Science and Technology


    David Griesemer
    Website, Knowledge, and Library Specialist
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Library, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8160
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email:
    dgriesem@iit.edu

    Expertise: Knowledge Management, Database Architectures, Web Design Best Practices, Taxonomy Development, Instructional Design and Training, Copyright Law, Library Management
    Education: BA, MS, JD

    H


    Lindsay Alice Halik
    Support Scientist (Microbiology)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 100, Building 90
    Phone: 708.563.2731
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email: lhalik@iit.edu

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: BS in Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology

    Yingshu He, PhD
    Postdoc Research Fellow
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 300A, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8194
    Email: yhe16@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Food Safety
    Education: BS in Bioengineering, MS in Microbiology, PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Biology

    Ian Hildebrandt
    FDA ORISE
    Office: Room 319, Bldg 90
    Phone: 708-924-0653
    Email:
    Ian.Hildebrandt@fda.hhs.gov

    John Hammerstone
    Interim Director of Chemistry
    Department: IIT/IFSH
    Office: Room 300A, Bldg91
    Phone: 708-563-8167
    Email: jhammers@iit.edu


    Yancui Huang
    Research Assistant (Clinical Nutrition)
    Department: IIT/IFSH, Clinical Nutrition Research Center

    Office: IIT Research Tower, Suite 3C        
    Phone: 312.567.5300
    Fax: 312.567.5321
    Email: yhuang90@iit.edu

    Expertise: Nutrition
    Education: BS in Nutritional Science

    I


    Behzad Imanian, PhD
    Project Leader, IFSH Whole Genome Sequencing Initiative
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 300A, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8171
    Email: bimanian@iit.edu

    Expertise: Whole Genome Sequencing, Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics
    Education: BS in Cell Biology and Genetics, MS Genetics, PhD in Botany

    J


    Dawn Johnson 
    FSPCA Administrative Officer
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 228A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: (708) 563-8188
    Fax: (708) 563-1873
    Email: 
    djohns39@iit.edu

    Shama Joseph, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department: IIT/IFSH, Clinical Nutrition Research Center

    Office: IIT Research Tower, Suite 3D6-1        
    Phone: 312.567.5308
    Fax: 312.567.5321
    Email: sjoseph6@iit.edu

    Expertise: Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals
    Education: BS in Biology, MS in Food Science and Nutrition, PhD in Human Nutrition


    Margaret Juergensmeyer, PhD
    Biosafety Officer
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 108, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8828
    Fax: 708.563.8162
    Email:
    mjuergen@iit.edu

    Expertise: Biosafety, Microbiology
    Education: BS in Microbiology, PhD in Biology

    K



    Michael Karczewski
    Senior Maintenance Staff
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 108, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8173
    Email:
    mkarczewski@iit.edu

    Matthew Kmet
    Title: Support Scientist
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.2187
    Email:
    mkmet@iit.edu

    Expertise: Proficiency Testing
    Education: BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology

    Cindy Koschetz
    Strategic Project Manager
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 231, Building 90
    Phone: 708.563.8152
    Fax: 708.563.8263
    Email: ckoschet@iit.edu


    Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, PhD
    Engineer/Research Assistant Professor
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 305, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8272
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email:
    kkrishn2@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Engineering, Novel food Processing Technologies, Modeling
    Education: BS in Engineering and Agricultural Engineering, MS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Ph.D

    L


    Alvin Lee, PhD
    Director, Center for Processing Innovation/Research Associate Professor (Microbiology)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 234, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8277
    Fax: 708.563.1576
    Email:
    alee33@iit.edu

    Expertise: Microbiology, Food Safety and Food Virology
    Education: BS in Biology and Biotechnology, PhD

    Hao Li, PhD
    Visiting Scholar
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.2052
    Email: hli81@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Safety, Functional Food
    Education: MS in Biology, PhD in Functional Food

    Viviana Loeza
    Senior Support Scientist
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.2504
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email:
    loeza@iit.edu

    Expertise: Microbiology with Select Agent Clostridium Botulinum
    Education: BS in Microbiology

    Salvador Lopez
    Senior Support Scientist
    Institute: IFSH/IIT

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8261
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email: slopez9@iit.edu

    Expertise: Analytical Chemistry
    Education: BA in Chemistry

    M


    Nicole Maks
    Scientist (Microbiology)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.2133
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email:
    maks@iit.edu

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: BS in Biology, MS in Bacteriology

    Renee McBrien
    Manager, Education and Outreach
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 216, Bldg.  90
    Phone: 708.563.8271
    Fax: 708.563.8274
    Email:
    mcbrienr@iit.edu

    Expertise: Academic/Student Relations
    Education: Associate in Applied Science Degree, Business Administration and Management

    N


    Barbara J. Neuman
    Manager of Finance
    Department: IIT/IFSH, Finance

    Office: Room 212, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8192
    Fax: 708.563.8197
    Email:
    Neuman@iit.edu

    Expertise: Accounting and Finance

    P


    Armand Paradis
    Director, Business Development
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 228, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8175
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email:
    aparadi2@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Processing, Product Development
    Education: BS in Food Science, MS in Food Engineering, MS in Food Science and Nutrition


    Eunyoung Park, MS, RD
    Clinical Research Coordinator and Biostatistician, Research Dietitian
    Department: IIT/IFSH, Clinical Nutrition Research Center

    Office: IIT Research Tower, Suite 3C4-2
    Phone: 312.567.5307
    Fax: 312.567.5321
    Email:
    epark4@iit.edu

    Expertise: Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Metabolic Disorders, Prostate Cancer
    Education: MS, RD in Nutritional Epidemiology, MS in Food and Nutrition


    Ismael Perez
    Maintenance/Facilities Worker (Utility Person I)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: 9 Basement, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8180
    Email:
    perez@iit.edu

    Ismael Perez, Jr.
    Maintenance/Facilities Worker
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: 9 Basement, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8285
    Email:
    perez@iit.edu

    Shannon Pickens
    Support Scientist - Microbiology
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.6667
    E-mail: spickens@iit.edu

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: BS in Microbiology

    Christopher Powers
    Support Scientist
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 228A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8269
    Email: cpowers@iit.edu

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: BS in Molecular and Cell Biology

    R


    Sajida Rahman
    Research Assistant
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Clinical Nutrition Research Center, IIT Tower, 3D6-1
    Phone: 312-567-5300
    Email: srahman9@iit.edu

    S


    Ellen Spiewak
    Administrative Assistant
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 231, Building 90
    Phone: 708.563.8260
    Fax: 708.563.8263
    Email: espiewak@iit.edu

    Ed Steiner
    Director, Facilities
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 305, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8273
    Email:
    steiner@iit.edu

    Education: BS in Forestry and Chemical Engineering, MS in Food Safety and
    Technology

    Sara Swanson
    Support Scientist (Microbiology)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.5595
    Email: sswanso2@iit.edu

    Expertise: Microbiology
    Education: BA in Biology


    Amandeep Sandhu
    Senior Research Associate
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 334, Bldg. 91
    Phone: 708.563.8823
    Email: asandhu2@iit.edu

    Expertise: Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, Food Chemistry
    Education: BS in Food Science and Technology, MS in Food Technology, PhD in Food Science

    Brittany Swicegood
    Support Scientist (Microbiology)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.2309
    Email: bswicego@iit.edu

    T


    Haley Tomlinson
    Marketing, Communications, Administrative Assistant
    Department IIT/IFSH

    Office: Administrative Offices, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8278
    Email: htomlin@iit.edu

    Expertise: Administrative Support, Content Management, Graphic Design, Technical Writing

    U


    Jodie Ulaszek
    Office: Room 110, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8827
    Email: julaszek@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Safety Microbiology


    Osvaldo (Ozzie) Velarde
    Manager, IFSH – Information Technology
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 216A, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.8288
    Email:
    ovelarde@iit.edu

    Expertise: Information Technology

    W


    Jason Wan, PhD
    IFSH Associate Director
    Research Professor (Microbiology and Biochemistry)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 228, Bldg. 90       
    Phone: 708.563.8287
    Email:
    jwan1@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Microbiology, Biochemistry, Dairy Science
    Education: BS in Animal Science, MSc in Dairy Science

    BS in Animal Science, MS in Dairy Science, and PhD in Biochemistry


    Darsh T. Wasan, PhD
    Motorola Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering
    IIT Vice President for International Affairs

    Office: Room 228, Perlstein Hall        
    Phone: 312.567.3001
    Fax: 312.567.3003
    Email:
    wasan@iit.edu

    Expertise: NCFST founder and advisor
    Education: BS, PhD in Chemical Engineering

    X


    Di Xiao
    Research Assistant (Clinical Nutrition)
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: IIT Research Tower, Suite 3c
    Phone: 312.567.5300
    Email: dxiao6@iit.edu

    Expertise: Food Safety, Food Microbiology
    Education: BS Food Quality and Safety, MS in Food Safety and Technology

    Z


    Wei Zhang, PhD
    Principal Scientist/Associate Professor of Biology
    Department: IIT/IFSH

    Office: Room 233, Bldg. 90
    Phone: 708.563.2980
    Fax: 708.563.1873
    Email:
    zhangw@iit.edu

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


    Last modified: 05/23/2016 16:11:52

    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