Major Responsibilities/Research Interests
Areas of interest include the influence of food packaging on food microbiology, the use of lactic acid bacteria as biopreservatives in food systems, microbial ecology and its effects on sensory quality of foods, and development of objective methods for detection of spoilage. Currently, the use of lactic acid bacteria and their bacteriocins as biopreservatives for controlling the growth of food borne pathogens such as C. botulinum in packaged food is being investigated. Teaching responsibilities include food microbiology, food safety and food fermentations.
Please note: Dr. McMullen is not currently accepting applications for grad students.