Dr. Alvin Lee is a microbiologist and virologist with more than 20 years research experience with a doctorate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. He leads Illinois Tech's Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) Center for Processing Innovation and co-leads the joint IFSH/FDA Microbiology Research Platform on food safety and defense and processing related projects. He is a member of the Executive Board of NoroCORE, a USDA-NIFA Food Virology Collaborative and leads the Prevention and Control CORE. Current research support includes funding from USDA, US FDA and various industry contracts that evaluate and validate preventive controls for bacterial and viral pathogens. Dr. Lee is a scientific reviewer on a number of scientific journals and publications and journal management member of Journal of Food Protection and Foods.


Ph.D., BAppSci (Hons) in Applied Biology and Biotechnology

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Microbiologist and virologist with more than 10 years' research experience. Currently leads a number of food safety related projects at IFSH involving fresh-cut produce, norovirus transfer within the foodservice sector and non-thermal technologies. Dr. Lee also manages the BSL-3 facility at IFSH. Current research support includes funding from USDA, NCFPD, FDA and various industry contracts. He is also an instructor for food microbiology in the IIT's Masters of Science program and has previously mentored more than 15 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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Microbiology, Food Safety and Food Virology

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