Linda J. Harris

Linda J. Harris

Linda J. Harris, Ph.D.

Position Title
Specialist in Cooperative Extension

Food Science and Technology

3212 Robert Mondavi Institute - South

Food Science (1996 - )

Department Chair (2016 - 2021)


Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 1991


Dr. Harris’s research focuses on microbial food safety emphasizing the microbiology of fresh fruits and vegetables and tree nuts. She works to develop and validate standard microbiological methods and uses these methods to evaluate the behavior of food borne pathogens on fruits, vegetables and tree nuts under different storage and processing conditions. She uses these methods to evaluate antimicrobial treatments including various sanitizers and thermal processes for their efficacy in reducing microbial populations on various cut and intact produce and tree nut surfaces.

Extension of Knowledge Activities 

Through electronic means, presentations, or one-on-one interactions Dr. Harris works with food producers, processors, consumers, and representatives from State and Federal Government on issues related to microbial food safety. She interacts with a wide range of individuals from homemakers and small-scale farmers to large-scale commercial processors and many support industries and organizations. 

For more information on Dr. Harris, visit her website.


Awards and Honors

2004: International Association of Food Protection - Elmer Marth Educator Award

2010: International Association of Food Protection - Frozen Food Award

2018: Institute of Food Technologists - Fellow

2019: International Association of Food Protection - Fellow

2020: UC Davis Academic Federation - James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award