Barbara Kowalcyk

Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University


Barbara Kowalcyk, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, at the The Ohio State University in the Department of Food Science and Technology and Director of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention. She is also affiliated with Ohio State’s Translational Data Analytics Institute, Global One Health initiative, and College of Public Health. 

An expert in food safety with experience and training in epidemiology, biostatistics, risk analysis, and public policy, Kowalcyk works to advance more systems-based approaches to food safety that promote evidence-based decision-making from farm to fork to physician; and considers the connectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. She recently received a USD3.4M grant to develop risk-based food safety approaches in Ethiopia. Dr. Kowalcyk has served on many national committees, including two National Academy of Sciences committees and her current appointment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Science Board. 

In addition to her extensive experience in food safety, Dr. Kowalcyk has more than 10 years of experience as a biostatistician conducting clinical research and providing support to data safety monitoring boards in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Kowalcyk’s research interests include linking public health information with data from across the food system to enhance the understanding of foodborne disease epidemiology, supporting the development of evidence-informed policies and practices that prevent foodborne illness, and changing behaviors around food safety across the food system.

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