Ramakrishna Nannapaneni works as an Associate Professor of Food Microbiology and Food Safety at Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss, USA, in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom. He served as a Project Leader and Co-PI in the Department of Food Science, Three-State Food Safety Consortium at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark, USA, prior to joining Mississippi State. His research work focuses on the whole-cell and molecular approaches to stress adaptation in foodborne bacterial pathogens. He is using proteomic approach to understanding how L. monocytogenes adapts and survives various stress environments that will complement existing genomic and transcriptomic level studies. His research goal is to identify early cellular and environmental factors governing stress-hardened cells of L. monocytogenes, Salmonella Typhimurium, and Campylobacter jejuni. His other research goals include antibody-based rapid technologies for biodefense and detecting antibiotic-resistant bacteria in raw retail food products. He is also working on the novel antimicrobials with broad-spectrum bactericidal activity against target pathogenic and spoilage microbes in raw, ready-to-eat food products of dairy and seafood, and fresh fruits and vegetables. He is an author or coauthor of over 50 refereed journal articles, over 70 refereed national research abstracts, over 60 nonrefereed proceedings. He served as a Center Director, Center for Detection Technology of the National Alliance for Food Safety and Security (NAFSS) and currently serving as a Member of the MSU Institutional Biosafety Committee. He is an Editorial Board Member for the Agricultural Food Analytical Bacteriology journal and for International Journal of Bacteriology and an Associate Editor for Poultry Science. He is a recipient of the Mississippi State Pride Award in 2010 and 2011.
Biography Updated on 6 December 2012