Matthew Stasiewicz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Applied Food Safety in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work focuses on applying engineering and data analytic approaches to advance food safety microbiology. He earned a B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering and a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Michigan State University. He also studied at Cornell, receiving an M.S. degree and Ph.D. in food microbiology, while working on risk analysis in microbial food safety. His research interests include the identification and management of persistent Listeria monocytogenes in food environments using modern DNA sequencing and improved data analysis techniques. His lab also works with international teams to develop appropriate technology to manage mycotoxins in corn, with his contribution being single-kernel identification and sorting using relatively simple hardware. The lab uses simulation and risk assessment to improve sampling and testing for foodborne pathogens in large-scale food production environments.