Leonard L. Williams, PhD
Professor and Interim Director North Carolina A&T State University
Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies
Dr. Leonard L. Williams is the Interim Director and Professor of Food Safety and Microbiology within the Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies (CEPHT) located on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis. Dr. Williams received his BS and MS in Biological Sciences and Animal Sciences, respectively from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC and PhD degree in Food Science and Technology, specializing in microbiology from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama.
Before joining NC A&T SU Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies, he served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Food Microbiology and Immunochemistry in the Department of Food and Animal Sciences at Alabama A&M University from 2000 – 2008. In 2008, Dr. Williams joined NC A&T SU CEPHT as one of the Lead Scientists focusing in the area of food safety and microbiology determining the incidence of foodborne pathogens in fruits and vegetables, including salad crops, using molecular, immunological and epidemiological approaches, with the goal of identifying new strains and their ability to develop resistance to both natural and synthetically derived agents. Since 2010, Dr. Williams has served as the Interim Director of CEPHT, with the responsibility of leading a multi-disciplinary team in the areas of post harvest technologies. His research currently focus on developing novel nano-biomaterials for inactivation of Norovirus, and also, studies determining antimicrobial resistance profiles of multiple microorganisms from food, clinical, and veterinary sources tested against both natural and synthetic agents.
Dr. Williams has authored or coauthored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, editorial reviews relating to food safety and natural extracts. As a faculty member, he has served as a mentor and advisor to 33 graduate students, 12 undergraduate and high school research students.