Speaker Details

Fernanda Santos

Fernanda Santos

Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University

Session: New Product Development - Why is Teaching This Subject so Challenging?

Dr. Santos is a veterinarian educated in Brazil. During her veterinary training, her primary focus was zoonotic diseases and disease prevention. At NC State, she worked on pathogen growth in foods of animal origin, quality control programs, and molecular techniques. She has also studied alternative methods and nutritional strategies to improve performance and reduce Salmonella intestinal colonization. In the Brazilian Department of Agriculture (EMBRAPA), she studied the prevalence and diversity of pathogens present in poultry, risk factors associated with Salmonella infection, and the genotypes of Salmonella isolates. She has researched about the effects of using prebiotics to stimulate the growth of probiotics. In addition, she studied autoimmune disorders and their relationship to thrombosis by developing a novel mouse model. Currently, at NC State, her focus is food safety. In addition, as a teaching professor, she is working on updating current offered courses and developing new courses. She is creating of a new series of courses (“The Discovery Series”), which will be food science-related courses that will be taught not only to food science/nutrition students, but also to any undergraduates who seek to understand the science behind foods and controversial topics of food and nutrition.