Alexandra Calle joins Texas Tech Department of Animal and Food Sciences
Alexandra Calle, an expert in food microbiology and food safety systems, has been named a research assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She officially stepped into her new research post on Jan. 1.
The Colombian native indicated that she is interested in continuing her research efforts investigating applications and measures to reduce foodborne pathogens during the production, harvesting, and processing of food.
One of her primary goals at Tech is to focus on international food safety research projects and to collaborate with government, industry and academia. "A large part of the food consumed in the United States is imported; therefore, if we want to improve food safety and public health, we must invest our efforts where the food is produced," she said.
Food security is also part of her interests, and Calle expects to promote the development of interdisciplinary projects in the matter.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Calle served as a postdoctoral research associate, assistant lecturer, and graduate research assistant in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, and a graduate research assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, she served as the coordinator and organizer of Texas Tech's Meat School en Espanol. She has been invited as a speaker in various international conferences and has been working and teaching workshops developed with FDA, USDA and IICA in Latin America and the Caribbean.
She also worked as a food safety consultant in Colombia for more than 13 years, as well as a senior consultant with the United States Agency for International Development in Colombia. Earlier in her career, she worked as a director of food safety and quality assurance with Productos Yupi SA in Colombia, and a quality assurance supervisor with Rica Rondo SA in Colombia.
Calle received her bachelor's degree in biology from the Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia), and her master's degree in food science and technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her doctorate is from Texas Tech. She is a member of the American Society for Microbiology-Texas, International Association for Food Protection, and the American Meat Science Institute.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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