DR. HUGO MELGAR-QUINONEZ
Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez is the Margaret Gilliam Faculty Scholar in Food Security and the first Director of the McGill Institute for Global Food Security. Born and raised in Guatemala, Dr. Melgar- Quiñonez trained in Public health at the Mexican School of Public Health and received both his MD and Doctorate of Sciences degrees from the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany. He also received training in epidemiology and biostatistics at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Prior to joining McGill Dr. Melgar- Quiñonez was an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Nutrition at Ohio State University.
PROFESSOR LAWRENCE GOODRIDGE
Dr. Goodridge is a native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph with a major emphasis in Food Microbiology and Food Safety in 2002. Following a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Georgia, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Wyoming in 2003. Dr. Goodridge’s primary research interests include the development of rapid tests to detect foodborne and waterborne pathogens with an emphasis on Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp, and Listeria monocytogenes, foodborne viruses, and foodborne toxins. He is also developing novel methods to track the presence of fecal contamination in food and water. Dr. Goodridge also conducts research related to tracking the sources of foodborne bacterial pathogens in the environment and food processing plants, as a way to mitigate bacterial contamination. Dr. Goodridge has been awarded 2 patents and 1 provisional patent for his research related to rapid detection of foodborne pathogens. His research has been presented at numerous conferences within the US and around the world and in 35 peer-reviewed journal articles (with two in press) and 13 book chapters. He currently sits on the Editorial Boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the Journal of Food Protection, Agriculture Food and Analytical Bacteriology, Bacteriophage, and the International Journal of Food Science. Dr. Goodridge currently serves on the U.S. National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, and The National Academies of Science National Research Council Committee on the Use of Public Health Data in FSIS Food Safety Programs. Dr. Goodridge’s research is currently funded by the USDA, NIFSI and SCRI programs.