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Risk Mitigation and Food Supply Chain Design and Control

Principal Investigator: 
Alan Erera
This project has two broad aims. The first is to develop improved risk analysis methods for quantifying the vulnerability of a food product supply chain that may be used by an adversary to deliver a chemical or biological agent. The second aim is to create new food supply chain design and control...

Proof-of-concept study for the development of a cell-free GPCR-based biosensor for rapid non-specific detection of chemical and biological toxic agents

Principal Investigator: 
Evangelyn Alocilja
This project is a high-risk/high-reward exploratory proof-of-concept work to evaluate the potential of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) as sensing elements in biosensor devices for rapid non-specific but highly sensitive detection (detect-to-warn) of toxicants in selected complex food matrices...

Statistical Risk Metrics using Extreme Value Theory

Principal Investigator: 
Hamid Mohtadi
This project consisted of three parts. First, we developed a new dataset on criminal/terrorist activities involving the use of chemical, biological or radionuclear (CBRN) agents on a global scale over the past 40 years. These include agents that would be the likely candidates to be used for any...

Freight Transportation Risk and Resiliency in International Food Supply Chains

Principal Investigator: 
Alan Erera
The objectives of the proposed research are to identify, and to determine how to mitigate, risks in the freight transportation components of international food supply chains, with the intent of enabling significant improvement in food supply chain security, preparedness, and resiliency. Focusing...

A Probabilistic and Cost-Based Index of Food Threats

Principal Investigator: 
Hamid Mohtadi
This project develops a data-based probabilistic algorithm for food vulnerabilities and applies those probabilities to estimate the expected costs (losses) both in the market (loss of sales) and in health care. This will enable policy makers and food companies to prioritize and rationalize the...

Cross Cultural Differences in Attitudes Toward Food Safety and Food Defense

Principal Investigator: 
Thomas Stinson
An increasing percentage of the food Americans consume is harvested and processed outside its borders. The impossibility of inspecting all food imports for all potential contaminants makes the imported food supply a soft and attractive target for a terrorist attack. The economic losses due to the...

Development of Biologically Modified Electrically-active Magnetic Nanoparticles (nano-BEAMS) for Direct Capture and Concentration of Bacillus anthracis Spores and Cells in Various Food Matrices

Principal Investigator: 
Evangelyn Alocilja
This project has 4 objectives, namely: (1) to synthesize and characterize electrically-active magnetic nanoparticles, (2) to biologically modify the nanoparticles (nano-BEAMs) with antibodies and aptamers specific to the target Bacillus anthracis and optimize the binding parameters, (3) to evaluate...
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