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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

    Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D

    Professor and Interim Department Head
    Department: Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), Illinois Institute of Technology

    Contact Information

    Institute for Food Safety and Health
    6502 S. Archer Road
    Bedford Park, IL 60616
    Room 231, Bldg 90

    Ph:     708.563.1577

    Biographical Profile

    An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Dr. Brackett was appointed Director of IFSH, and IIT Vice President in 2010.  Before joining IFSH, Dr. Brackett served as Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Regulatory Officer for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) until 2007.  Prior to that, Dr. Brackett worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA CFSAN), and served as CFSAN Director from 2004 until 2007.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Brackett held professorial positions with North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of Georgia at Griffin.


    Food Microbiology, Bacteriology, and Food Safety


    PhD in Food Microbiology
    MS in Food Microbiology
    BS in Bacteriology

    Research Interests

    Microbiological food safety; growth and survival of psycrotropic pathogens in foods; physical and chemical controls for pathogens in foods; and microbial ecology of plant products.

    Selected Publications

    Becker, R. A., Janus, E. R., White, R. D., Kruszewski, F. H., & Brackett, R. E. (2009). Good laboratory practices and safety assessments.  Environmental  Health Perspectives, 117(11), 482-483.

    Seo, K. H., & Brackett, R. E. (2005). Rapid, specific detection of Enterobacter sakazakii in infant formula using a real-time PCR assay. Journal of  Food Protection, 68(1), 59-63.

    Seo, K. H., Brackett, R. E., Valentin-Bon, I. E., & Holt, P. S. (2003). Comparison of homogenization methods for recovering Salmonella Enteritidis from eggs. Journal of Food Protection 66(9), 1666-1669.

    Guo, X., Chen, J., Brackett, R. E., & Beuchat, L. R. (2001). Survival of salmonellae on and in tomato plants from the time of inoculation at flowering and early stages of fruit development through fruit ripening. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 67(10), 4760-4764.

    Brackett, R.E. (1999). Incidence, contributing factors, and control of bacterial pathogens in produce. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 15(3), 305-311.

    Brackett, R. E., Hao, Y. Y., & Doyle, M. P. (1994).  Ineffectiveness of Hot Acid Sprays to Decontaminate Escherichia-Coli 0157-H7 on Beef.  Journal of Food Protection, 57(3), 198-203.

    Brackett, R. E. (1992). Shelf Stability and Safety of Fresh Produce as Influenced by Sanitation and Disinfection.  Journal of Food Protection, 55(10), 808-814.

    Brackett, R. E. (1988). Presence and Persistence of Literia-Monocytogenes in Food and Water. Food Technology, 42(4), 162-164.

    Brackett, R. E. (1987b). Microbiological Consequences of Minimally Processed Fruits and Vegetables. Journal of Food Quality, 10(3), 195-206.

    Society Memberships, Conferences, and Activities

    Member, International Association for Food Protection; Institute of Food Technologists; American Society for Microbiologists; Sigma Xi (Honor Society for Scientists); Phi Tau Sigma (Honor Society for Food Science and Technology); Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars) Editorial Board Member, Journal of Food Science; Journal of Food Protection Technical Reviewer, Journal of Food Protection; Applied and Environmental Microbiology (past Editorial Board member); Food Technology; Journal of Food Quality; Italian Journal of Food Science; Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry; Food Microbiology; International Journal of Food Microbiology; Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture; Trends in Food Science and Technology; Emerging and Infectious Diseases; Journal of Food Safety; Journal of Chemical Education.


    Last modified: 01/15/2015 10:14:37

    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