System for over 25 years. His research program focuses on molecular microbiology
as it relates to food processing, food safety and environmental microbiology. In addition, his research focuses on the detection, characterization, and decontamination of
microbial populations in natural and man-made ecosystems using a variety of contemporary tools such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.
Sohini S. Bhatia is a graduate researcher at the National Center for Electron
Beam Research at Texas A&M University. As a microbiologist, her research has
focused on the effects of high-energy electron beam irradiation on stress responses
of enteric bacteria. Her current focus is the use of high-energy electron beam irradiation for veterinary vaccine development. The National Center for Electron Beam
Research, an IAEA Collaborating Centre for Electron Beam Technology for Food,
Health and Environmental Applications, is the leading academic and research organization in the world focused on the research, development, and commercialization
of electron beam technologies.
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Session Topics for 2018:
• Sample Preparation: New and Novel Techniques
• Natural Products and Supplements
• Advanced and New Instrumentation
• Veterniary Drug Residues
• Natural Toxins: Fungal and Aquatic Toxins
• Mass Spectrometry Forum
• Environmental and Human Health
• Novel and Emerging Contaminants of Concern
in Food and the Environment
• Special Topics in Food and the Environment