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.
- A Gator’s Perspective: Amanda Sapp’s (Havelaar Alumnus) Journey as a First-Gen and STEM Student
- Recent Publication: Benefits and Risks of Smallholder Livestock Production on Child Nutrition in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (published October 2021)
- Recent Publication:Global Burden of Animal Diseases: a novel approach to understanding and managing disease in livestock and aquaculture (published August 2021)
- Recent Publication:Parsimonious Mechanistic Modeling of Bacterial Runoff into Irrigation Ponds To Inform Food Safety Management of Agricultural Water Quality (published July 2021)
- Recent Publication:Molecular Epidemiology of Salmonellosis in Florida, USA, 2017–2018 (published April 2021)