WCFS - Western Center for Food Safety

About Us

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established a cooperative agreement in 2008 that established the Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS) in partnership with the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS), University of California, Davis. WCFS research, outreach, and education programs enhance FDA's implementation of the prevention oriented activities outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

  1. Conduct multidisciplinary applied research on pre-and post harvest food safety issues that will generate real-world solutions and enhance food protection for FDA-regulated products.
  2. Provide technical assistance to the farming community in adopting and complying with components of FSMA through outreach materials, food safety workshops, and educational programs for food producers, harvesters, processors and key stakeholders across the continuum of FDA-regulated foods. 
  3. Build relationships with domestic and international partners to successfully leverage resources and maximize the ability to achieve research, education and outreach objectives. 

 

Administration

Rob Atwill, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Rob Atwill, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Principal Investigator
Michele Jay-Russell, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM

Michele Jay-Russell, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM

Program Manager/Research Microbiologist/Liaison to WIFSS
Debbie McGinnis

Debbie McGinnis

Business Office Manager
Zann Gates

Zann Gates

Program Representative
Linda J.  Harris, PhD, CFS

Linda J. Harris, PhD, CFS

Co-Principal Investigator, Chair
Robert Pattison

Robert Pattison

Management Services Officer
Calvin  Lee

Calvin Lee

Computer Support
Nicole  Nisson

Nicole Nisson

Program Assistant

Outreach

Mary Palumbo, PhD

Mary Palumbo, PhD

Food Scientist

Support Staff

Elizabeth Antaki

Elizabeth Antaki

Postdoc Researcher, Jay-Russell Lab
Claudia Bonilla

Claudia Bonilla

Junior Specialist, Atwill Lab
Jennifer Chase

Jennifer Chase

Laboratory Manager, Atwill Lab

Geri Kavanagh-Baird

Junior Specialist, Jay-Russell Lab
Xunde Li, M.S., Ph.D.

Xunde Li, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Researcher, Atwill Lab

Rupinder Mashiana

Staff Research Associate, Harris Lab
Anne-Laure Moyne, Ph.D.

Anne-Laure Moyne, Ph.D.

Lab Manager, Harris Lab

Tran Nguyen

Laboratory Assistant, Atwill Lab

Christopher Theofel

Staff Research Associate, Harris Lab
Jessica Wong

Jessica Wong

Junior Specialist, Jay-Russell Lab
Ronald Bond

Ronald Bond

Water Quality Researcher, Atwill Lab

Hailey Caparella-Veal

Junior Specialist, Atwill Lab

Lillian Khan

Junior Specialist, Harris Lab
Peiman Khani Amin Abadi

Peiman Khani Amin Abadi

Lab Manager, Jay-Russell Lab

Vanessa Lieberman

Laboratory Assistant, Harris Lab

Mahta Moussavi

Postdoc Researcher, Harris Lab
Nora Navarro-Gonzalez

Nora Navarro-Gonzalez

Postdoc Researcher, Jay-Russell Lab
Melissa Partyka

Melissa Partyka

Staff Research Associate & Graduate Student, Atwill Lab
Ivy Wong

Ivy Wong

Junior Specialist, Atwill Lab
Anna Zwieniecka

Anna Zwieniecka

Laboratory Assistant, Jay-Russell Lab