We use basic and applied sciences to improve the microbial safety of food. The project focuses on the role of viruses in the environment, interaction with microorganisms, transmission to humans via food and water, development of mitigation strategies to reduce the risks of human exposure to pathogens. All the experiments will be performed in BSL-2 labs. The trainee(s) will work collaboratively with the PI and other senior researchers to learn working in the laboratory, preparing media and reagents, and techniques required for the virology assays. The overarching research activities include isolating and characterizing viruses from various matrices such as food, water, soil, and contact surfaces, performing virus persistence studies, and evaluating the efficacy of thermal and non-thermal microbial inactivation strategies. Other responsibilities include meeting regularly with the PI and other mentors; collecting, recording, organizing, and processing the data; and preparing and presenting technical documents (posters, manuscripts, handouts, etc.).