Animal and Food Sciences
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Areas of Expertise
- Specializes in microbial food safety, including the safety of fruits and vegetables, food science and food processing. She is a Past-President of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the world's premier food safety organization.
- A distinguished microbiologist and virologist, Kniel examines microorganisms that may be food- or water-borne and methods of inactivating them.
- Works on understanding transmission, survival and risks associated with norovirus, hepatitis A virus, emerging enteric viruses, Salmonella, pathogenic E. coli and protozoa like Cyclospora and Cryptosporidium.
- Spent two years working for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, studying parasites, food safety and addressing possible vaccine issues.
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