Dr. John W. Larkin is the Research Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Larkin leads the Institute’s expert research team and global food protection initiatives. He oversees the FPDI research portfolio to include the development and implementation of the Institute’s research strategy.
Dr. Larkin joined FPDI after 27 years with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where his main responsibilities were to manage a research program on shelf-stable and extended shelf-life foods, and to evaluate pertinent regulatory issues for technology used to preserve food. While at FDA, Dr. Larkin was Branch Chief and then Associate Director of Research at the Institute of Food Safety and Health (IFSH) of the Illinois Institute of Technology, a FDA Center for Excellence. Prior to his position at FDA, Dr. Larkin was an assistant professor at Virginia Tech in the Food Science and Technology department. Dr. Larkin holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Engineering and Food Science and Technology from Michigan State University.