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Animal Sciences Department

Animal Sciences Department

Dr. Arie Hendrik Havelaar

Microbial Risk Assessment and Epidemiology of Foodborne Diseases

Arie Havelaar was trained as a microbiologist and epidemiologist in the Netherlands and has worked at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in different roles, most recently as principal scientist in the Centre for Infectious Disease Control. He also held a position as professor of microbial risk assessment at the Utrecht University, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences to which he is still affiliated. At the University of Florida, he will participate in developing systems approaches to food and nutrition security with an emphasis on the interaction between food production and human health, specifically in relation to pathogenic microorganisms.


  • Research

    Research Summary:

    Dr. Havelaar conducts research on global food systems and foodborne illnesses. He is affiliated with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and the Emerging Pathogens Institute.



Emerging Pathogens Institute
University of Florida
2055 Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
PO Box 100009
Gainesville, FL 32610, USA

Department of Animal Sciences
2250 Shealy Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611


  • Education


    • 1986; Ph.D. (Mathematics and Biology), Utrecht State University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
    • 1996-1998; M.Sc. (Epidemiology and biostatistics), Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences, Rotterdam:, the Netherlands
    • 1967-1973; M.Sc. (Chemical Engineering, with honors, majoring in technical microbiology), Delft University of Technology, Delft,  the Netherlands

    Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

    • 2014-current; Professor,Professor, Animal Sciences Department, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville.
    • 2007-current; Professor, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands
    • 1978-2014; Principal scientist, Centre for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, National Institute for Public  Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands
    • 1974-1978; Head, Biology Section, Chemical and Bacteriological Service, Rotterdam Waterworks, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Publications
  • Professional Service and Awards

    International Activities

    • Member Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards, European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy (2006-current; vice-chair since 2012)
      Chair, Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (2007-current)

    Professional Memberships

    • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Microbiologie
    • American Society for Microbiology
    • Society for Risk Analysis
    • International Association for Food Protection

    Honors and Awards

    • 1995; Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (USA)
    • 2001; Rudolf Schülke Hygiene Award (Germany)
    • 2014; Jenner Medal (RIVM, Bilthoven, the Netherlands)
    • 2014; Risk Analysis Best Paper Award (USA)