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Mark A. Harrison

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Food Science
  • Food Science & Technology
Mailing Address:
Athens, CAES Campus
Shipping Address:
Athens, CAES Campus

Description of Research Interests

Food microbiology and toxicology; Occurrence and survival characteristics of bacterial pathogens in processed food; Shelf-life extension of processed foods; Pathogen detection methodology.

Courses Taught

FDST(MIBO) 4030/6030-4030L/6030L: Food Microbiology
FDST 4100/6100: Governmental Regulation of Food Safety and Quality
FDST 8050: Foodborne Pathogens and Toxins
FDST 8090: Advanced Food Microbiology

Selected Recent Publications

Stelzieni, A.M., A. Ponrajan, and M.A. Harrison. 2013. Effects of buffered vinegar and sodium dodecyl sulfate plus levulinic acid on Salmonella Typhimurium survival, shelf-life, and sensory characteristics of ground beef patties. Meat Sci. 95:1-7.

Bolton , S.L., G. Kotwal, M. A. Harrison, S. E. Law, J. A. Harrison, and J. L. Cannon.  2013.  Sanitizer efficacy against murine norovirus, a surrogate for human norovirus, on stainless steel surfaces using three application methods.  Appl. Environ. Microbiol.  79:1368-1377.

Morales, C.A. , J. Guard, R. Sanchez-Ingunza, D.H. Shah, and M. Harrison. 2012. Virulence and metabolic characteristics of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis strains with different sefD variants in hens.  Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78:6405-6412.

Musgrove, M.T., J.D. Shaw, and M.A. Harrison. 2012. Salmonella collected from nest run cart shelves in commercial shell egg processing facilities.  Poultry Sci. 91:2386-2389.

Pittenger, L.G., J.G. Frye, V. McNerney, J. Reeves, J. Haro, P.J. Fedorka-Cray, M.A. Harrison, and M.D. Englen. 2012. Analysis of Campylobacter  jejuni whole-genome DNA microarrays: Significance of prophage and hypervariable regions for discriminating isolates.  Foodborne Path. Dis. 9:473-479.

Ponrajan, A., M.A. Harrison, T.D. Pringle, J.R. Segers, B.K. Lowe, R.O. McKeith, and A.M. Stelzleni. 2012. Effect of sodium citrate plus sodium diacetate or buffered vinegar on quality attributes of enhanced beef top sirloins.  Meat Sci. 91:43-49.

Ponrajan, A., M.A. Harrison, T.D. Pringle, J.R. Segers, B.K. Lowe, R.O. McKeith, and A.M. Stelzleni. 2012. Effects of sodium citrate plus sodium diacetate and buffered vinegar on quality attributes of enhanced beef top rounds. Food Nutr. Sci. 3:354-362. 

Ponrajan, A., M.A. Harrison, J.R. Segers, B.K. Lowe, R.O. McKeith, T.D. Pringle, K.G. Martino, J.H. Mulligan, and A.M. Stelzleni. 2011. Effects of sodium citrate plus sodium diacetate and buffered vinegar on Escherichia coli O157:H7 and psychrotrophic bacteria in brine-injected beef. J. Food Prot. 74:359-364.

Richardson , L.J., N.A. Cox, R.J. Buhr, and M.A. Harrison. 2011. Isolation of Campylobacter from circulating blood of commercial broilers.  Avian Dis. 55:375-378.

Akins, E.D., P.L. Rule, M.R. Keener, H.S. Sellers, J.E. Line, M. Simmons, M.A. Harrison, and K.L. Hiett. 2009. Simplified capacitance monitoring for the determination of Campylobacter spp. growth rates.  J. Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology 17:3-8.

Doering, H.J., M.A. Harrison, R.A. Morrow, W.C. Hurst, and W.L. Kerr. 2009. Use of the systems approach to determine the fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on fresh lettuce and spinach.  J. Food Prot. 72:1560-1568.

Hunter, S.M., M.E. Berrang, R.J. Meinersmann, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Genetic diversity of Campylobacter on broiler carcasses collected preevisceration and postchill in 17 US poultry processing plants.  J. Food Prot. 72:49-54.

Johnston, M.A., M.A. Harrison, and R.A. Morrow. 2009. Microbial antagonists of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on fresh-cut lettuce and spinach.  J. Food Prot. 72:1569-1575.

Kim, J.K. and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Surrogate selection for Escherichia coli O157:H7 based on cryotolerance and attachment to Romaine lettuce.  J. Food Prot. 72:1385-1391.

Ladely, S.R., R.J. Meinersmann , M.E. Englen, P.J. Fedorka-Cray, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. 23S rRNA gene mutations contributing to macrolide resistance in Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli.  Foodborne Pathogens Dis. 6:91-98.

Pittenger, L.G., M.D. Englen, C.T. Parker, J.G. Frye, B. Quinones, S.T. Horn, I. Son, P.J. Fedorka-Cray, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Genotyping Campylobacter jejuni by comparative genome indexing: An evaluation with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and flaA SVR sequencing.  Foodborne Pathogens Dis. 6:337-349.

Richardson, L.J., N.A. Cox, J.S. Bailey, M.E. Berrang, J.M. Cox, R.J. Buhr, P.J. Fedorka-Dray, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Evaluation of TECRA broth, Bolton broth, and direct plating for recovery of Campylobacter spp. from broiler carcass rinsates from commercial plants.  J. Food Prot. 72:972-977.