Matthew Stasiewicz is an Assistant Professor of Applied Food Safety in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work focuses applying engineering and data analytic approaches to advance food safety microbiology.
He went to Michigan State University for undergraduate study, earning both a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering, focusing on food process engineering, and a B.A. in Philosophy, focusing on ethics. He then studied at Cornell, receiving an M.S. and Ph.D. in food microbiology, working on risk analysis in microbial food safety. One current research thrust is the identification and management of persistent Listeria monocytogenes in food environments using whole genome sequencing and improved data analysis techniques. His lab also works on international teams to develop appropriate technology to manage mycotoxins in maize, with his contribution being single-kernel identification and sorting using relatively simple hardware.