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Robert Buchanan

0119 Symons Hall
College Park, MD 20742-5551
Work Phone: 
301 405 1174
Expert Credentials: 

Dr. Buchanan, former Director of the University of Maryland's Center for Food Safety and Security Systems, received his B.S, M.S. M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science from Rutgers University, and post-doctoral training in mycotoxicology at the University of Georgia. Since then he has 30+ years experience teaching, conducting research in food safety, and working at the interface between science and public health policy, first in academia, then in government service in both USDA and FDA, and most recently at the University of Maryland. His scientific interests are diverse, and include extensive experience in predictive microbiology, quantitative microbial risk assessment, microbial physiology, mycotoxicology, and HACCP systems.

He has published widely on a wide range of subjects related to food safety, and is one of the co-developers of the widely used USDA Pathogen Modeling Program. Dr. Buchanan has served on numerous national and international advisory bodies including serving as a permanent member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specification for Foods and having served as the U.S. Delegate to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Hygiene for a decade.

Area of Expertise: 

food safety, food protection, food security, food microbiology, infectious diseases, microbial risk assessment,

Country of Expertise: 
Ph.D., M.S., B.S. Food Science Rutgers University,,Post Doc Food Science/Mycotoxicology University of Georgia