Dr. Lihan Huang

Lihan Dr. Lihan Huang is Research Leader of the Residue Chemistry and Predictive Microbiology Research Unit at the Eastern Regional Research Center of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, responsible for R&D operations in chemical residue detection, microbial predictive modeling, and integrated approaches to food safety.

Receiving his Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University in 1998 and his M.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering in 1994 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Dr. Huang is a Certified Food Scientist, and serves as the Scientific Editor of Food Microbiology and Safety Section of the Journal of Food Science and on the editorial boards of Food Control and Journal of Food Science and Human Wellness.Prior to joining the USDA, Dr. Huang was a research scientist at Campbell Soup Company.

Dr. Huang’s current research focuses on advanced mathematical methods, numerical analysis, and computer simulation for application in predictive microbiology and risk assessment. He is the developer of the USDA Integrated Pathogen Program (USDA IPMP), and its companion products: IPMP-Global Fit and IPMP-Dynamic Prediction.

Website: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Aboutus/aboutus.htm?modecode=19-35-37-00 

Dr. Ursula Gonzales-Barron

Ursula Dr. Ursula Gonzales-Barron, a Peruvian-Irish national, pursued PhD studies at the Biosystems Engineering Department of University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland (2006), through the award of the prestigious Irish Walsh Fellowship.

After spending few months as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK (2005), she took on the position of Senior Researcher (2005-2012) at UCD Biosystems Engineering, Ireland.

She is currently a Research Fellow at the CIMO Mountain Research Centre of the Polytechnic Institute of Braganza, Portugal.

Her expertise resides in diverse areas of food safety and quality modelling, including predictive microbiology, risk assessment of pathogens, acceptance sampling plans and meta-analysis. Dr. Gonzales-Barron has supervised over 15 postgraduate students; has published ~55 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters; has presented her research findings at over 40 international conferences, and has been in receipt of 8 grants from European competitive calls. Dr. Gonzales-Barron serves as the Editor of the LWT Food Science and Technology journal and on the editorial boards of Microbial Risk Analysis and Food Research International.

Website: http://cimo.esa.ipb.pt/CV/ursula/

Dr. Vasco Cadavez Dr.

Vasco Vasco Cadavez obtained his first degree in Animal Husbandry Engineering in 1993 and his Masters degree in Animal Production with specialisation in Feed and Nutrition in 1998 at the Portuguese University of Trás-Os-Montes e Alto Douro.

After a novel research on carcass composition and quality using ultrasound, he obtained his PhD degree in 2004.

He is currently a Professor at the Animal Science Department of the Polytechnic Institute of Braganza (IPB). He is also an active research member of the Food Safety and Technology Group at the CIMO Mountain Research Centre, based at IPB.

Dr. Cadavez developed expertise in a wide range of statistical modelling techniques, such as general linear models, count data and zero-inflated models, linear and non-linear mixed models, dynamic models and meta-analysis in the fields of animal science, agriculture and food safety. Dr. Cadavez is very knowledgeable in computer programming, and specifically the use of the R software and SQL processing, which he teaches at undergraduate level and workshops. He has supervised 15 postgraduate students, has published ~30 peer-reviewed articles, has authored/edited 2 books, has written 10 book chapters, has presented at over 50 international conferences, and has given a number of international workshops of statistical methods using R.

Website: http://esa.ipb.pt/~vcadavez/