Erin DiCaprio M.S.
Graduate Research Associate
Food Science and Technology
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Food Safety
Areas of Expertise: food virology, food safety
The ecology, persistence, and interaction of viruses and fresh produce are all poorly understood. The first aim of my research is to elucidate the complexities of the virus/produce interaction by evaluating the attachment, uptake, internalization, and dissemination of viruses in leafy greens. The second aim of my research is to evaluate non-thermal processing technologies, such as gamma irradiation and high pressure, for their efficacy in inactivating viruses found internally in leafy greens. Data from this research can be combined to improve both the preventative and reactionary measures for fresh produce production and processing against foodborne viruses.