BS in Food Science and Technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lianna’s current research is focused on the development of rapid methods for the detection of food pathogens for application in food safety monitoring of produce processing. The current targets are E. coli and Listeria species. Current methods have a sensitivity around 10^4 CFU/mL within 8-12 hours. The gold standard for testing is still plate counting and serology, which returns a result in 4 - 7 days. Lianna hopes to develop a low-cost, sensitive method that gives a result within 4 - 7 hours.
Lianna graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 with a B.S. in Food Science and Technology and a minor in Nutrition. She was an intern for 2 years in the Microbiology department of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab in Woburn MA.