Food Safety and Microbiology
Dr. Banerjee’s laboratory investigates how different environmental sources contribute to the contamination and spread of food commodities. We use molecular methods (such as PCR and qPCR) to rapidly detect pathogenic microorganisms and their genes (conferring virulence or resistance to antimicrobials) or toxins. We are also developing biosensors for the rapid detection of these pathogens. We have ongoing research projects and looking to recruit undergraduate students interested in gaining basic and advanced molecular microbiology laboratory skills and related data analysis, bioinformatics, microbiome/metagenomics, and next-generation sequencing. The typical time commitment for these projects is 4-8 h/week, with interest for more than one semester (including summer).