Penn State biology professor to speak on bacterial contamination, food safety on Feb. 4

Penn State Shenango continues its 2012-2013 Faculty Lecture Series with Penn State Assistant Professor of Biology Brandi Baros, who will speak on bacterial contamination and food safety from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Her lecture titled “Chef salad, please; hold the E. coli” will take place in Sharon Hall room 105, located on Penn Avenue in downtown Sharon, Pa. The event is free and open to the public.

Baros’ current research work focuses on food microbiology with special interest in the use of bacteriophages to detect and control the growth of unwanted organisms in food. She has been a guest speaker on WPIC’s Ron Errett talk show discussing various topics including salmonella in peanut butter/pistachios and Obama’s Department of Food—what changes need to be made to the FDA and USDA and why.

In order to keep up-to-date on today’s important issues, Baros is a current member of several professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society, the International Association for Food Protection, the Allegheny Branch of the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society for Microbiology, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute.

She is also a member of the Crawford County Hazardous Materials Response Team, which is a non-profit, all-volunteer team trained to respond for chemical, biological, and radiological incidents.

Baros received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Allegheny College in 1995 and, in 2002, she earned her doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to the Shenango campus, she was employed as a full-time assistant professor at Allegheny where she taught organismal physiology and ecology, biology, microbiology, virology and food microbiology.

For more information, contact the Penn State Shenango Academic Affairs Office at 724-983-2825.

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