National Program Leader
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Dr. Max Teplitski is a National Program Leader in Food Safety and Microbiology at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). His portfolio of competitive and capacity projects centers around food safety and antimicrobial resistance issues of national and international importance. Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Teplitski was a professor of microbial ecology at the University of Florida where he led an academic research, teaching and outreach program that focused on understanding Salmonella genetics and genomics, persistence of human pathogens in the environment, and defining molecular basis of the interactions between human pathogens and produce. Dr. Teplitski was selected as a G.E. Burch Fellow in Theoretical Medicine at the Smithsonian Institution, where his research identified chemical signals exchanged by pathogenic and commensal bacteria within a polymicrobial disease consortium, microbiome shifts and metagenome transitions associated with disease progression. He authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Teplitski is a Fulbright Specialist in Agriculture and a recipient of the J.E. Feeley Award of the Southeastern Branch of American Society for Microbiology for his significant contributions to environmental microbiology.