Lawrence Goodridge

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Associate Professor



Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Georgia, Center for Food Safety
PhD Food Science, University of Guelph
MSc Food Science, University of Guelph
BSc Microbiology, University of Guelph

Short Bio

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 and Colorado State University in 2006. Currently, Dr. Goodridge is an Associate Professor and the Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety, in the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at McGill University.

Dr. Goodridge has authored 47 peer reviewed journal articles, and 13 book chapters. He has received more than $19 million in research funding from Canadian and US government and industry sources. His research has been presented at numerous conferences within the US and around the world. He currently sits on the Editorial Boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Bacteriophage, Agriculture, Food and Analytical Bacteriology, and the Journal of Food Protection.

Awards and Recognitions

2012. Charles N. Shepardson Meritorious Teaching Award.  Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences; Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science/ American Association for the Advancement of Science
2011. Summer Leadership Institute Fellow; Society for Applied Microbiology. 2010 President’s Fund Award; Michigan State University. Department of Food Science and Human Health.  
2010. Sara Lee Endowment Lecturer

Active Affiliations

International Association for Food Protection Membership Committee, Chairperson;
Food Expert Advisory Committee, Health Canada
The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (USA);
The National Academies: National Research Council Committee on the Use of Public Health Data in FSIS Food Safety Programs (USA)    

Research Interests

Dr. Goodridge  holds the Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety, and is the Director of the Food Safety & Quality Program.  Dr. Goodridge’s primary research interests include the use of bacteriophages to control the growth of foodborne pathogens, and in 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. He is also developing novel molecular 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 is responsible for teaching Introduction to Food Science, and Current Food Safety Issues.

Current Research

  1. Delineating the fitness effects of bacteriophage induced mutations on the survival and virulence of Shiga Toxin producing Escherichia Coli (STEC)
  2. Reducing the transmission of AMR organisms by wildlife within the food supply: A research, control, and outreach strategy
  3. A Food Safety Education, Research and Communication Proposal for Retail Council of Canada (read press release)
  4. A Syst-OMICS approach to ensuring food safety and reducing the economic burden of Salmonellosis (read press release)


A post-doctoral fellowship is available within the laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, within the Food Safety and Quality Program, in the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry. Download details.


FDSC 200 Introduction to Food Science 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

FDSC 624 Current Food Safety Issues 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


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