Ph.D., Food Science and Technology
University of Georgia
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Cannon
Ben obtained his undergraduate degree in Human Development and Gerontology at UGA, as well as an M.P.H. focused on environmental toxicology at the UGA School of Public Health. Prior to beginning his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, Ben worked for over three years at the Gwinnett County Health Department in Georgia. His current research objectives seek to investigate the efficacy of natural antimicrobial compounds against norovirus and hepatitis A virus. In addition, he is involved in a collaborative project among UGA, the CDC, and the Georgia Department of Public Health to assess the extent of environmental contamination that occurs during norovirus outbreaks at long-term care facilities. Ben has been described as “tremendously dedicated, intelligent and passionate about his work” by his adviser.