Faculty & Staff

Faculty


Jianghong Meng, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D.
Director
(301) 405-8382
jmeng@umd.edu

Jianghong received his veterinary medicine degree in China, Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) and PhD in Comparative Pathology from University of California, Davis. He joined the faculty of University of Maryland in 1996 and is also a professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Jianghong's research interests focus on the identification and characterization of foodborne pathogens and bacterial antimicrobial resistance, and he has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters on the subject.

Jianghong has served on several national and international committees including the US National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria of Foods (NACMAF), Microbiology Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia, National Academies' Committee on Review of the Food Safety and Inspection Service Risk-Based Approach to Public Health Attribution, and Asia Pacific Economic Corporation's (APEC) Partnership Training Institute Network.

He has been working with government agencies and organizations on food safety in China, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam, and United Kingdom.


Janie Dubois, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager
(301) 405-8936
jdubois@umd.edu

Janie received her Bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology from Universite Laval in Quebec City (Qc, Canada), and her master's and PhD in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry from McGill University (Montreal, Qc, Canada). Prior to Joining JIFSAN, she held various positions in laboratory management, applications and product management at Malvern Instruments. Janie was first at JIFSAN in 2003-2005, when she held a Research Associate position performing microbiology and chemistry in a project at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Her research interests have included oil oxidation and chemical imaging applied to infectious diseases, but her current research in IFSTL is focused on food safety methods. Janie has been involved in training activities in China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, Singapore and Japan.


Clare Narrod, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Manager, Risk Analysis Program
(301) 405-1780
cnarrod@umd.edu

Clare received her Ph.D. in Energy Management and Environmental Policy in 1997 and a Master's Degree in International Development and Appropriate Technology both from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998-2000 she served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Risk Analysis Fellow at USDA. Prior to coming to JIFSAN, she was at the International Food Policy Research Institute where she conducted research to improve food and water safety along the value chains of poor producers. In the past, she worked at the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of the United States Department of Agriculture and at the Food and Agriculture Organization. She has also consulted for the World Bank and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. Recent research interests have been to identify cost-effective aflatoxin and avian flu risk reduction measures for economically disadvantaged producers in developing countries, and understanding the role of public-private partnerships in improving market access for the poor. Currently she is working to develop metrics to evaluate the impact of JIFSAN's food safety train-the-trainers programs. She has field experience in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand, Mali, Mexico, Vietnam, and Zambia.


James Rushing, Ph.D.
Manager, International Training Programs
(941) 201-4603
rushingj@umd.edu

Jim Rushing currently works with JIFSAN as the Manager of International Training Programs. He retired from Clemson University in 2008 where he held the rank of Professor and Center Director at the Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston, SC. After retiring he worked almost two years as the Vice President one of the largest fruit and vegetable production companies in the U.S.

He earned the PhD in Horticultural Sciences from the University of Florida in 1985. During his 29 years of University service as a postharvest specialist, he took professional development sabbaticals. He spent three years as a self-employed consultant based in Santiago, Chile. Later he spent one year with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Visiting Scientist at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, MD. He has worked in 36 countries in the fruit and vegetable industries.

Jim has been actively involved in fresh produce food safety issues since 1990 when he collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control to investigate outbreaks of Salmonella illness associated with produce from South Carolina. He went on to assist with various grant-funded food safety programs and has conducted training at the international, national, regional, state and county levels. He assisted JIFSAN with the development of a Train-the-Trainer Course for international audiences and has recently updated the training manual that is available at the JIFSAN website.


Angela Winslow, Ph.D.
Microbiologist, Research Associate
(301) 405-2432
awinslow@umd.edu

Angela received her B.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology from Howard University (Washington, DC). In the summer of 2007, as a Minority Health and International Research Training Fellow, she conducted research on the isolation and treatment of wound pathogens using the oil from Terminalia catappa seeds at the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria. While completing her Ph.D. (2011), she served as a volunteer graduate student intern at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in Laurel, MD. Prior to joining JIFSAN, Angela served as adjunct faculty at the University of the District of Columbia Community College as well as Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA). Her research interests include: the inhibitory effect of bacteriocins from various sources; identification of pathogenic organisms using molecular techniques; and the control of pathogenic and food spoilage organisms.

Zhengfang Wang, Ph.D.
Chemist, Laboratory Instructor
(301) 405-4697
zwanglab@umd.eduZhengfang received a B.S. in Biological Engineering from Northwest University (Xi’an, China) in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) in 2014. She also received a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from Capital Normal University (Beijing, China) while working full-time as a research associate in Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (2006-2009), a national research institute in Beijing, China. While completing her Ph.D., she served as a volunteer graduate student intern at USDA’s Food Composition and Methods Development Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. Prior to Joining JIFSAN, Zhengfang served as an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology (2014-2016). Her research areas include food safety, instrumental analysis and chemometrics.

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Senior Fellows

Peggy Miller
Senior Research Scholar
301-405-7566
mamiller@umd.edu

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Staff

Dexter Ballerda
IT Programmer II
(301) 314-6825
dballerd@umd.edu

Judy Cooper
Coordinator, International Training Programs
(301) 405-1696
jkcooper@umd.edu

Mary Grimley
Financial Officer
(301) 405-8434
grimleym@umd.edu

Paul Guevara
IT Support Assistant
(301) 314-6806
pguevara@umd.edu

Joseph Merchlinsky
Laboratory Research Technician
(301) 405-4697
jmerchl1@umd.edu

Kyle McKillop
IT Manager, Online Programs
(301) 405-8353
kmckillo@umd.edu

Vernora (Nora) Petty
Assistant to the Director
(301) 405-8382
vpetty@umd.edu

Timothy Shaffer
IT Support Assistant
(301) 314-6806
tshaffer@umd.edu

Wayne Voon Van Ng Kwing King
IT Support Assistant
(301) 314-6825
wayneng@umd.edu

Cara Wychgram
Risk Program Coordinator
(301) 405-9470
cwych@umd.edu

Ka Yang
IT Support Assistant
(301) 314-6825
kayang@umd.edu

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Eric Olson, Ph.D. (Project Officer, JIFSAN)
Liaison and Partnership Team (CFSAN)
(240) 402-1674
eric.olson@fda.hhs.gov

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Students

  • Aditi Sharma
  • Srikanth Jaikumarf
  • Mark Miller
  • Ben San Nicolas
  • Gabe Hardgrave
  • Rachel Colonomos
  • Abigail Myers
  • Xiaoya (Soya) Dou

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