Dr. Marlene Janes – NoroCORE Food Virology
Dr. Marlene Janes

Marlene Janes, PhD

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Department of Food Science
Louisiana State University

Dr. Marlene Janes began her professional career at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR in 1994 as a Research Specialist in the department of Food Science and earned her Ph. D. in Food Microbiology/Safety in 2002. Currently, Dr. Janes is a Professor in the Department of Food Science, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.  She teaches Food Safety, Food Microbiology and Industrial Microbiology.  Her research focuses on the control, survival and development of rapid methods for detection of foodborne pathogens in seafood products.

Dr. Janes’ research focus for the NoroCore Project will be to optimize a reusable hollow-fiber ultrafilter to facilitate large (40-60 liter) water sampling for capture of enteric virus indicators and HuNoV (Human norovirus) at shellfish growing areas; Determine the levels of enteric viruses and/or HuNoV at the influent and effluent of sewage plants with either UV light or chlorination treatment of wastewater, and in oysters located near the sewage plants; Optimize a multiplex loop-mediated isothermal amplification method for simultaneous detection of HuNoV genotypes I and II in seawater and oysters; Microbial source tracking (MST) will be developed for shellfish harvesting areas.

She is an active member of the International Association for Food Protection and is Chairperson for the Virus and Parasite Professional Development Group for the International association for Food Protection, 2012-2014.