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Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk joined the Department of Food Science and Technology in the Fall of 2017. Barbara B. Kowalcyk is a recognized expert in food safety with broad experience and training in epidemiology, biostatistics/informatics, risk analysis, regulatory decision-making and public policy. For nearly 15 years, her efforts have focused on advancing a more systems-based approach to food safety that promotes evidence-based decision making and considers the broader connectedness of human, animal, and environmental health (also known as One Health).  Dr. Kowalcyk’s research interests include linking public health information with data from across the food system to enhance the understanding of foodborne disease epidemiology, support the development of evidence-informed policies and practices that prevent foodborne illness, and change behaviors around food safety from farm to fork.