Kendra Nightingale, Ph.D.
Pre- and Post-Harvest Food Safety
Kendra Nightingale, Ph.D., joined the Tech faculty in September. She was formerly
an associate professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Science.Her
research focuses primarily on pre- and post-harvest food safety. Her work has included
gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the molecular ecology and transmission
dynamics of food borne pathogens throughout the human food chain, as well as identifying
risk factors that contribute to loading of the human food chain with food borne pathogens
and the subsequent spread of these pathogens along the food continuum.She’s also interested
in probing the molecular evolution and population structure of human food borne and
animal pathogens, and defining the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for observed
differences in virulence phenotypes within a given pathogen species. Nightingale received
her bachelor’s degree in animal science and master’s degree in food science from Kansas
State University. Her doctorate in science and technology is from Cornell University.