Prof. Dr. Ir. Mieke Uyttendaele – Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health Ghent University, Belgium

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ir. Mieke Uyttendaele – Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health Ghent University, Belgium

Invited Speakers

Biography

From : https://www.ugent.be/bw/foodscience/en/research/faculty/miekeuyttendaele

Scopus ID : 7003990430  |  H-Index : 50

Mieke Uyttendaele is a leading scientist in the field of food hygiene and food safety with high experience in the microbial analysis of foods and the prevalence and behaviour of food borne pathogens from farm to fork.

Prof. Mieke Uyttendaele (1969) has a diploma of Bio-Science Engineering (1992) and Ph.D in Applied Biological Sciences (1996) from Ghent University, Belgium. She further pursued research as a postdoc of the Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research and now holds an academic position as Full Professor at Ghent University since 2004 situated at the Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health at the Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering of Ghent University in Belgium.

Prof. Mieke Uyttendaele’s research area covers aspects of microbial analysis of foods (classical culture methods and rapid methods) and food safety (including a wide variety of pathogens including Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, pathogenic E. coli, Salmonella, foodborne viruses, Bacillus cereus etc.) and foods including poultry, meat and meat products, fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut produce, cooked chilled foods, dairy products etc.

She uses the knowledge on prevalence, behavior on food borne pathogens and general food microbiology as the basis for

  • input in microbial risk assessment in the agro-food supply chain,
  • the setting of microbiological guidelines
  • and evidence based decision making in food safety risk management.

She has built ca. 25 years of scientific research experience by executing, initiating and coordinating research projects in this working field. She was/is the promotor of ca. 25 Ph.D students (including also various non EU citizens) working on projects financed by EU (FP 6 PathogenCombat, FP7 VEG-i-TRADE), Belgian federal and regional governments or personal mandates of persons coming from EU or third countries.

In the period 2010-2014 she was the coordinator of the EU FP7 Veg-i-Trade project looking into the impact of climate change and international trade on food safety of fresh produce, in which she focused mainly on aspects on food borne viruses in berries and pathogens in leafy greens.