Isabel Walls, Ph.D.
Dr. Walls is the National Program Leader for Food Safety at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, where she provides scientific leadership to food safety activities. Within USDA, Dr. Walls has previously served as the Senior Advisor for Food Safety, Nutrition and Health to USDA’s Chief Scientist, where she coordinated multi-agency activities in food safety and nutrition. She also served as a Senior Advisor at USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, providing scientific advice to address international food safety and animal health policy issues, and as a Senior Scientist at the Food Safety and Inspection Service, where she provided scientific advice on both food safety and food defense issues. Before joining USDA, Dr. Walls served as a Senior Scientist at the International Life Sciences Institute, a non-profit organization, where she directed the development of Expert Panel Scientific Reports related to food safety and environmental risk assessment. Prior to this, she was a Research Microbiologist at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, undertaking food safety and food quality laboratory research. Dr. Walls is a Past President of the International Association for Food Protection.