Lisa Benjamin, D.V.M., MPhil Ph.D.
Dr. Lisa Benjamin joined the WCFS as an ORISE Fellow in October 2009. She works with Dr. Rob Atwill using hierarchical (mixed effects) regression models to analyze data from projects aimed at identifying mitigation strategies for E. coli contamination of leafy vegetables. She recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in Veterinary Public Health. Her dissertation addressed the challenges of the control of Johne’s disease (JD) in cattle and spanned the fields of epidemiology, risk analysis and spatial sciences. She surveyed the attitudes of potential and actual stakeholders, producers and veterinarians, towards biosecurity practices recommended for the control of JD in the United States of America. In addition, she compared alternative disease control options for JD using Markov Chain Analysis. It is expected that the attitudes of producers to the biosecurity practices included in these disease control options will help to determine which control options are considered optimal. She is also a veterinarian and has a Masters of Philosophy in Epidemiology. Whilst reading for a degree in Veterinary Medicine, she conducted a HACCP project on small-scale producers of a Trinidadian (West Indian) delicacy in a local abattoir. In her Masters thesis she analyzed risk factors for mastitis in 2 major dairy areas in Trinidad. She is interested in using techniques from epidemiology, decision making and spatial analysis to model diseases of agricultural and zoonotic significance in the future. She is located at the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.