Dr. Haley Oliver completed her Bachelor of Science degrees in Molecular Biology and in Microbiology at the University of Wyoming and received her PhD in Food Science, with minors in Epidemiology and Microbiology, at Cornell University.
Prior to joining the Department of Food Science at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2010, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University where she began investigating L. monocytogenes contamination patterns in retail deli environments.
Dr. Oliver’s current research focuses on prevalence, persistence, and transmission of L. monocytogenes and Salmonella in retail food systems as well as development of practical and feasible control strategies aimed to reduce cross-contamination. She has been working to develop food safety capacity in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Peru. Dr. OIiver and her Purdue colleagues have developed a food technology program at Herat University in Afghanistan aimed to improve food safety, quality, and security sponsored by USAID.
In addition to her research program, Dr. Oliver teaches Food Microbiology, Food Plant Sanitation, and Graduate Food Microbiology courses at Purdue University. She received the Purdue University Carine Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant award, the USDA Food and Agriculture Science Excellence in Teaching Award for New Teachers, Purdue University’s highest teaching honor the Charles B. Murphy Teaching Award, the International Association for Food Protection Young Scientist Award, and is a AAAS Leshner Fellow.
As of June 2019, she serves as the Director of the USAID Feed the Future Food Safety Innovation Lab.