New CFS Faculty

Dr. Govindaraj Dev Kumar is our newest Assistant Professor


Starting on September 10th, 2018, Dr. Dev Kumar will be joining us as Assistant Professor in Microbial Food Safety. Please join me to welcome him, we wish him the greatest success in his UGA academic career!  

Click here for a brief description of his credentials and interests.

Prof. Xiangyu Deng recently co-authored a World Health Organization’s Landscape Paper entitled “Whole genome sequencing for foodborne disease surveillance.”

This document provides a good overview of the potential benefits and limitations of applying WGS in a global scale as well as it describes the barriers for its adoption in developing countries.

Read the publication

Recent Publications

Gurtler JB, Doyle MP, Erickson MC, Jiang X, Millner P, Sharma M. 2018. Composting To Inactivate Foodborne Pathogens for Crop Soil Application: A Review. J Food Prot. 15:1821-1837

Shaughnessy, MK, Snider T, Sepulveda R, Boxrud D, Cebelinski E, Jawahir J, Holzbauer S, Johnston BD, Smith K, Bender JB, Thuras P, Diez-Gonzalez F, Johnson JR. 2018. Prevalence and molecular characteristics of Clostridium difficile in retail meats, food producing and companion animals, and humans in Minnesota. J. Food Prot. 81: 1635–1642.

Dev Kumar G, Williams RC,  Sriranganathan N, Boyer RR, Eifert JD. 2018.  Survival of tomato outbreak associated Salmonella serotypes in soil and water and the role of biofilms in abiotic surface attachment. Foodborne Path. Dis. 15: 548-553.



Atlanta Journal & Constitution aritcle "Why news about food safety is better than you might think"  with an interview with Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, professor and director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia.

Local News Interview on the salmonella in dry foods issue with Dr. Henk Den Bakker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia's Center Food Safety.


Francisco Diez-Gonzalez Director and Professor
Center for Food Safety
Center for Food Safety
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