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The Havelaar Lab works at the interface between food and public health. We use a mix of top-down (epidemiologic) and bottom-up (risk modeling) methods.

Research topics include:

  • Estimating the (global) burden of foodborne disease and using these estimates to support food safety decision making
  • Health impacts of cohabitation of food animals and people in low- and middle-income countries
  • Molecular epidemiology of foodborne pathogens
  • Quantitative microbial risk assessment of pathogens in nutrient-dense foods
  • Impact of acquired immunity on epidemiology and risk assessment of foodborne pathogens.

We believe in multidisciplinary collaboration and have established relationships with a wide variety of natural and social science research groups at the University of Florida, in the USA and internationally.


The Havelaar lab is housed in the Animal Science Department and affiliated with the Emerging Pathogens Institute  and the Food Systems Institute 

Our Team

In all kinds of weather, the Havelaar lab sticks together. 


Society for Risk Analysis Workshop - Friday, December 10th, 8am-12 pm EST