Erika Mariana Estrada
Graduate Student, Ph.D.
Food Science and Technology
B.S. Biological Science – Medical Microbiology. University of California, Davis (2016)
M.S. Life Science – Food Science and Technology. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2019)
Erika is interested in understanding the ecology and behavior of foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria to enhance microbial safety, specifically in the fresh produce industry. Erika has a passion for education and outreach, and has been involved with extension training programs aiming to disseminate food safety knowledge to the community and stakeholders.
Erika master’s project focused on studying the prevalence, persistence and diversity of Listeria (including L. monocytogenes) in produce packinghouses which consisted of field, laboratory, and extension work. As a PhD student, Erika hopes to make novel contributions to the food safety field.
Erika’s ultimate goal is to work as a professor to mentor and motivate students to pursue careers in agricultural research.