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Jennifer van de Ligt, PhD

Associate Director

Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt is the Associate Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at the University of Minnesota. She will assist in leading staff and coordinating a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education.

Prior to coming to FPDI, Jennifer was a Scientific and Regulator Affairs Associate Director at Cargill. Her responsibilities included providing regulatory strategic direction, leading relationships with targeted trade associations and managing the budget for the North American Scientific & Regulatory Affairs function. Jennifer completed her Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Kentucky.