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Benjamin Chapman, PhD
Project Director
Benjamin Chapman, a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University (NCSU), has led multidisciplinary projects related to observation, food handling behavior, and risk communication in homes, commercial food service, school settings, and farmers’ markets. Dr. Chapman was a Co-Principal Investigator on two large USDA Coordinated Agriculture Projects (totaling $50 million over 5 years) and led a subsection totaling $1.8 million. Most recently, he acts as PI on two USDA-FSIS funded research contracts investigating food handling behaviors and evaluating messages ($1.6 million).

Matt Koci, PhD
Co-Project Director
Matt Koci, Professor, Prestage Department of Poultry Sciences received his PhD in Viral Pathogenesis from the University of Georgia. His laboratory works to understand the immune mechanisms which allow an animal to recognize, respond, eliminate, and develop resistance to pathogens.

Andrew Binder, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator
Andrew Binder, Associate Professor, Department of Communications. He works with faculty across NC State and other institutions on a variety of funded research projects and educational activities surrounding science communication.

Chris Gunter, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator
Chris Gunter, Professor, Department of Horticultural Science. He has an active research program investigating issues associated with the use of surface water for the irrigation of fresh produce and its potential as a source of foodborne disease.

Megan Jacob, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator
Megan Jacob, Associate Professor, Clinical Microbiology. She has been responsible for the development of routine molecular diagnostic capabilities at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and has helped established improved infectious disease control policies and procedures for the NCSU Veterinary Health Complex.

Natalie Seymour, MS
Director of Extension and Training

Lisa Shelley, PhD
Director of Research

Rebecca Goulter, PhD
Project Co-ordinator