Jorge Quintanilla

Jorge is a third year PhD Student from El Salvador. He earned his B.S. in Food Science from Zamorano University in Honduras. He initially became a member of the lab as an intern in spring 2018 and officially became a graduate student the following Spring 2019.  

Jorge is currently working on the validation of a larger simulation project built to develop better sampling plans in produce fields using data from experimental field trials, representative commercial field’s parameters, and literature plans. 

He enjoys playing basketball, swimming, and being in the nature. His favorite animals are horses and cows. He loves trying new foods! 

Gustavo A. Reyes

Gustavo is a third year PhD Student from Honduras. He earned his B.S in Food Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He is currently working on developing a QMRA (Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment) for share tables in school cafeterias. He also participates in research that validates sampling procedures in produce fields.

He enjoys playing and watching basketball, playing video games, eating all sorts of food.

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Rachel Gathman

Rachel is a second year Master’s student from Illinois. She earned her B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences with a Biological Sciences minor from Northern Illinois University.

She is currently working on developing and validating an aggregative sampling method for leafy green pathogen testing in commercial fields using microbial community profiling. Her research goal is to improve preharvest sampling to reduce foodborne illnesses.

She enjoys travelling and watching The Office.

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Asha B. Mohamed

Asha is a visiting scholar from Kenya, First year PhD student in Plant Pathology at the University of Nairobi (UoN). She holds an MSc in Microbiology and BSc in Microbiology & Biotechnology (U.O.N)

Project: Prevalence of mycotoxigenic fungi and efficacy of multi-spectral kernel sorting and irradiation techniques in management of mycotoxigenic fungi and mycotoxins in maize

Asha enjoys swimming, watching soap operas and listening to Bollywood music

Dr. Matthew Stasiewicz

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Dr. Matthew J. Stasiewicz

Assistant Professor of Applied Food Safety

Phone: 217-265-0963

His work focuses applying engineering and data analytic approaches to modern microbiology problems to advance food safety microbiology.

He earned his Ph.D., and M.S., in Food Science at Cornell University and both a B.S. in Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering and a B.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University.

He also enjoys authentic food, minimalist running, and travel.

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If you want a formal introduction, here’s a 45 min seminar I presented remotely in Sep 2021 to the Michigan State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

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