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Graduate Researcher Laboratory Manager

Lake Ridge, VA, 22192
October 27, 2022

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Experienced Research Food Scientist with excellent problem-solving skills and a demonstrated history of working in food safety. Skilled in data analysis, Microsoft office, HACCP, public speaking, Research and Development (R&D). Strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Food Science and Nutrition from University of Vermont.

Professional Experience

January 2015 - January 2019 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Delaware Researched how widespread contamination of melons occurrred in the 2011 US multi-state listeriosis outbreak linked to consumption of contaminated cantaloupes that resulted in 147 illnesses, 33 deaths, and 1 miscarriage September 2009 - June 2014 Laboratory Manager and Graduate Researcher University of Vermont, Burlington, VT Food Safety Microbiology Laboratory


September 2009 - June 2014 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Food Science & Nutrition University of Vermont at Burlington, VT Key Skills

EN Esmond Nyarko

Experienced Research Food Scientist


generated and published realistic data in peer-reviedwed journals that would inform growers and officials from food regulatory agencies on microbiological risks associated with postharvest handling and storage of whole and freshly cut cantaloupe melons

identified processes and conditions that contribute to the persistence of pathogens on different equipment surfaces, and how to correct them to improve microbial food safety in melon processing facailities. Had monthly face-to-face or phone-in meetings with officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss research findings and ways to improve produce safety. Managed research projects according to grant specifications, and ensure adherence to safety practices that resulted in multiple successful external laboratory audits. Trained and supervised graduate students in the research laboratory, and consistently facilitated the implementation of good laboratory practices and proper waste disposal. Conducted independent research and published several papers on the foodborne bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes

Collaborated with the 3M Food Safety, the 3M Company, St. Paul, MN on the modified Listeria recovery broth

(mLRB), a proprietary medium for recovering stressed Listeria. Participated in SOP, SSOP, and HACCP training (HACCP Certified; North Carolina State University). Graduate Teaching Assistant for Food Microbiology, Food Technology, and Concept of Food Laboratory: prepared experiments, gave prelaboratory lectures, in-class lectures, developed answer keys and graded exams. Food Safety


Detail- and result-oriented

Quantitative and analytical ability

Strong oral and written communication

Leadership ability

Creates positive workplace environment

Problem-solving ability

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