Amir Mokhtari, PhD
Senior Risk Assessor/Food Safety and Decision Support
Center for Health and Environmental Modeling
Dr. Amir Mokhtari is currently a senior risk assessor at RTI International. He has extensive experience in environmental and microbial food safety exposure and risk assessment, quantification of variability and uncertainty, sensitivity analysis of probabilistic and stochastic models, and developing risk-informed decision support systems. Dr. Mokhtari has served on the review panel and worked on many research projects sponsored particularly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These projects have resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and technical reports as deliverables to government agencies. Dr. Mokhtari is also an active member of international scientific societies, such as the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). For the SRA, he annually organizes workshops to teach his cutting-edge methodologies in exposure and risk assessment modeling. Dr. Mokhtari currently provides risk assessment support to various clients on a diverse array of projects, including, but not limited to, multi-criteria decision making under uncertainty; resource allocation; risk ranking and prioritization; farm-to-fork risk assessment for pathogen-fresh produce commodities; developing a methodological framework for the fate and transport of pathogens in the environment; modeling consumer-phase risk assessment for microbial pathogens with considerable impact on the burden of food-borne diseases; quantifying transmission dynamics of infectious diseases in the population; and evaluating the role of food handlers in the spread of microbial diseases.
Before joining RTI, Dr. Mokhtari was a Research Assistant for 4 years at North Carolina State University’s (NCSU’s) Computational Laboratory for Energy, Air, and Risk (CLEAR) in Raleigh, NC. He conducted research on developing general methodologies for quantification of uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of microbial food safety process risk models. Dr. Mokhtari also has 1 year of postdoctoral research experience in the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology and another year of postdoctoral appointment in NCSU’s Department of Food Science. During his postdoctoral research, Dr. Mokhtari worked on several individual research projects, as well as large collaborative projects with faculties from NCSU and other institutions. Dr. Mokhtari led a research effort to develop recommendations for “best consumed by” dating for ready-to-eat meat products using a risk-based approach and addressing the effect of retail slicing on the prevalence and levels of microorganisms in fresh-sliced deli meats.