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Erin DiCaprio, Ph.D.

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Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Community Food Safety
UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology

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Office: 2208 Robert Mondavi Institute South Building, Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530)752-6594

Mailing Address: 
UC Davis Dept. of Food Science & Technology
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

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My area of expertise is in microbial food safety, with emphasis on foodborne viruses.  My research is focused on determining the mechanisms by which fresh produce is contaminated by foodborne viruses during production and processing and which biological and environmental factors influence viral persistence in these foods.  I also have evaluated methods for detection and mitigation of viruses in fresh produce and other raw foods, with the goal of optimizing and validating these methods in order to decrease the incidence of virally associated outbreaks.

Linda J. Harris, Ph.D.


Department Chair
Cooperative Extension Specialist in Microbial Food Safety

UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology
Physical Addresses:
Robert Mondavi Institute, Davis, CA 95616
Chair Office: 1142 RMI North Building - 1st floor
Lab Office: Room 3212 RMI South Building- 3rd floor
Lab - 3221 South Building

Mailing Address:
UC Davis Dept. of Food Science & Technology
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
Directions to Dr. Harris's Chair Office & Lab Office (PDF 147 KB)

Co-Principal Investigator
Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS)
Physical Address: WIFSS & WCFS:
1477 Drew Ave, Suite 101, Davis, CA 95618 
Directions to the Western Center for Food Safety
and the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
main: 530-757-5700

Visiting Davis, California

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My research program is in the area of microbial food safety with a focus on the microbiology of fresh fruits and vegetables and nutmeats. My research team has worked to develop and validate standard methods for inoculation and recovery of pathogens from a range of produce items.  We have used these methods to evaluate the behavior of foodborne pathogens in juices, and on fruits, vegetables and nutmeats stored under a variety of conditions. The methods have also been used to evaluate various sanitizers for their efficacy in reducing microbial populations on various cut and intact produce surfaces and to validate thermal and non-thermal processes for treating nuts.

Trevor V. Suslow, Ph.D., Emeritus

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Extension Research Specialist Emeritus, Dept. of Vegetable Crops, Mann Lab
University of California
103 Mann Laboratory
One Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616-8631

530-754-8313 office
530-752-4554 fax

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My areas of primary responsibility and research interest include postharvest pathology and microbiology of perishable horticultural commodities and lightly-processed (fresh-cut) vegetables, the role of environmental and crop production practices on postharvest quality and safety of edible horticultural crops, microbiological quality and safety of ag-water, and other biologically-mediated controls of postharvest pathogens. My current research activities seek to integrate a variety of biological and technology approaches to increasing our understanding of plant:microbe interactions that impact postharvest quality (decay/spoilage) and microbial food safety of fruits and vegetables. In response to the critical need for validation of model system data in field and commercial postharvest handling studies, I have developed fundamental and applied research programs of several key commodities that address risk assessment and hazard analysis specific to the epidemiology of Salmonella, E. coli, and Shigella. We are optimizing and validating combined techniques for the rapid and sensitive detection of these pathogens from environmental sources, farm inputs, and in postharvest processing for the purpose of identifying opportunities for optimal microbial reductions.




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