Byron Brehm-Stecher studies functional food ingredients to prevent foodborne illnesses like salmonella. Photo by Ryan Riley
Byron Brehm-Stecher studies functional food ingredients to prevent foodborne illnesses like salmonella. Photo by Ryan Riley

Dean’s Faculty Fellow prevents foodborne illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports roughly 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die annually — making the safety of the global food supply a growing concern.

Researchers like Iowa State University’s Byron Brehm-Stecher are confronting the challenge head-on.

Brehm-Stecher, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition who from 2015 to 2017 has held the inaugural dean’s faculty fellowship in the College of Human Sciences, studies the detection and elimination of foodborne pathogens like salmonella and listeria.

His research is funded in part by his College of Human Sciences endowed fellowship that has provided $30,000 each year for two years, allowing him to fund a postdoctoral research position.

“Successful research requires several key ingredients: ingenuity, luck, teams of talented people, funding, and time,” Brehm-Stecher said.

See the complete story written by the College of Human Sciences.

 

  • Tools