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Clemson University Food Safety Program

The following Food Safety Outreach team members are available to help food safety educators answer specific food safety questions. 


Dr. Angela Fraser is an Associate Professor/Food Safety Education Specialist in the Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University. She is responsible for the development of food safety programs for consumers and the retail food industry.
Cortney Miller, BS Biology, Georgia College and State University MS Microbiology, Clemson University; is the project Coordinator for several USDA funded grants investigating human norovirus. She is responsible for field data collection and supervision of environmental sample processing. Her current research focuses on risk factors for norovirus outbreaks in long-term care facilities and retail food establishments.
   Matt ZellerBA University of Wisconsin, MA University of South Carolina, coordinates graduate and undergraduate research assistants while writing and editing research manuscripts in support of the outreach activities related to norovirus research.  He is responsible for managing projects concerning manuscript publication and conference presentations.
Lauren Foster graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Food Science, Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics. She  serves the team as the senior research assistant and web administrator for the food safety website. Her interests include nutrition & recipe development, fitness, and website management.

Student Researchers

  Mary Carney, B.S. Food Science, Clemson University, is a research assistant in the department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Science at Clemson University. Mary is a first year graduate student and is developing a nutrition and food safety curriculum for rural, seniors in South Carolina. Mary was the recipient of the 2013 South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship Award, as well as the 2013 Outstanding Dietetics Student Award for South Carolina.
  Morgan Getty, BS Food Science: Nutrition and Dietetics, Clemson University, is a second year graduate student in the Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Science program. Her research involves studying the delivery of the Cooking Healthy, Eating Smart (CHES) curriculum. She is also analyzing educational artifacts about Norovirus for the NoroCORE project. After graduate school, she hopes to continue a career in community nutrition education.
  Lalani N. Jayasekara, BS University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Science. Her research focuses on risk factors in human norovirus in long term care facilities.
  Joanna Smyers is a research assistant in the department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences. Joanna is a senior at Clemson University, majoring in Food Science with a focus in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her interests include HAACP, hand hygiene, recipe development, medical nutrition therapy, and integrative and functional medicine.
 
Chaoyi Tang, BS Food Engineering, Shangdong Normal University, BS Biology, East Tennessee State University, is a graduate student and research assistant in the department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Science at Clemson University.  Her research interests include norovirus, hand-hygiene, and ready-to-eat food.
   Katherine Thomas serves the team as an undergraduate research assistant. She is a senior at Clemson University and is working to complete a B.S. in Food Science with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her interests include HAACP, hand hygiene, nutrition research, and fitness.

  Zhangqi Wang, BS bio-engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, BS bioprocess engineering, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry, is a graduate student majoring in Food Safety at Clemson University. Her research interests include hand-hygiene and norovirus. Recently, she has been focusing on a hand-hygiene project for South Carolina elementary schools.
   

Previous Team Members

Technical Writer and Editor Roman Sturgis, BFA Emerson College, MFA Boston University, is the team's technical writer and editor.  His research interests include hand-hygiene, behavior modification, and human capital investment. 
Xi Chen, BA China Agricultura University, is a MS candidate of the team. Her research interest includes hand-hygiene, hygiene practices in child care, and content  analysis.
   ZiJin Li, BS Traditional Chinese Pharmacology, GuangDong Pharmaceutical University, is a research assistant in the department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University. He wrote his BS dissertation studies on the toxicity identification and analysis of seven different Chinese herbs. His research interests include food safety, prevalence of norovirus, and hygiene and sanitation in restaurant environments.
Emily Dennehy, Research Assistant, is a senior at Clemson University working to complete a B.S. in Food Science with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her interests include hand-hygiene and nutrition research, fitness, and food safety awareness. Emily is completing her dietetic internship at MUSC.
   Hannah Oakley, BA University of South Carolina, BS Clemson University, is a research assistant on the team.  Her research interests include Norovirus prevention, proper food safety practices, and hand-hygiene. Hannah was a recipient of the 2013 South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship Award due to her high academic success and extracurricular accomplishments. Hannah is completing her dietetic internship at The Ohio State University.
   Brian WedellBS in Bioengineering from Clemson University, MS in Nutrition from Clemson University; Worked on the Norovirus Prevalence project and assisted in conducting SLRs. Brian is currently in Houston for a dietetic internship.