Robert Mandrell, PhD
Research Leader (Retired)
Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit
USDA Agriculture Research Service
Robert Mandrell has served as Research Leader of the Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) since 1996. Dr. Mandrell received a B. S. in Microbiology from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the School of Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
Prior to working with the USDA, Dr. Mandrell researched human immune responses to bacterial polysaccharide-conjugate vaccines and other topics at the Oakland Children’s Hospital Research Institute; the immunochemistry and biochemistry of lipooligosaccharides of Neisseria meningitidis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Haemophilus species at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco and at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Department of Bacterial Diseases in Washington, DC.
His research interests include microbial food safety related to fresh produce, with an emphasis on the ecology and epidemiology of enteric pathogens in a major leafy greens production region in California; genomics and biology of Campylobacter, Listeria and Salmonella species related to food; Norovirus in the environment; and high-throughput methods for detection and characterization of foodborne pathogens.