Kelly Bright

Associate Research Professor
Food Science Interest: 

Interest in ensuring that foods, and in particular fresh produce, possess a minimal amount of risk for consumers from foodborne pathogens. Work focuses on understanding the transport and fate of foobborne pathogens in the environment and also on interventions to remove or mitigate microbial contamination of foods.

Research Focus: 
  1. The role of biofilms as a reservoir for foodborne pathogens in irrigation systems
  2. The occurrence of foodborne viral and bacterial pathogens in irrigation waters in the southwest
  3. The effectiveness of plant antimicrobials against foodborne viruses
  4. Evaluation of risk-based water quality sampling strategies for the fresh produce industry
  5. Assessment of Escherichia coli as an indicator of microbial quality of irrigation water use for produce.