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Don Schaffner, PhD
Principal Investigator
Don Schaffner is a Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist at Rutgers University. His research interests include viral surrogates, quantitative microbial risk assessment, predictive food microbiology, handwashing, and cross-contamination. Since the pandemic has started, he has done over 100 news media interviews on the topic of COVID-19 risk related to food and the environment. He has recently co-authored a pre-print submitted for peer review on the topic of modeling the thermal inactivation of viruses from the Coronaviridae family.

Meredith Melendez, MA
Co-Principal Investigator
Meredith Melendez is an Agriculture & Natural Resources County Agent II and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University based Mercer county with state-wide responsibility for on farm food safety. Melendez has been providing guidance to farmers on COVID-19 risk reduction from field through distribution since March 2020.