Dr. Anna Porto-Fett
Researcher Food Technologist
U.S. Dept. Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Anna Porto-Fett earned her B.Sc. in Agronomy (1994) and her M.Sc. (1996) and Ph.D. (2003) degrees in Food Science from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in Florianopolis, Brazil. In 2011, she joined the Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Unit at the USDA/Agricultural Research Service at the Eastern Reginal Research Center as a Research Food Technologist to conduct research to optimize and validate biological, chemical, and/or physical interventions to lessen the prevalence and levels of foodborne pathogens in foods. Dr. Porto-Fett’s outstanding performance as a food safety professional in conducting relevant and high priority research has been supported by industry, government, and academic partners. Dr. Porto-Fett has authored/co-authored 75 peer-reviewed research papers, 1 book chapter, 8 proceedings articles, and 128 abstracts that were presented as posters at national scientific meetings. She has also trained, mentored, and assisted about 25 support staff, 15 international visiting scientists, and 38 undergraduate and graduate students. Over the past 20 years, she independently and as part of team research, in collaboration with food safety professionals from industry, academia, professional organizations, and regulatory agencies, has made an appreciable impact and contributed greatly to our understanding of the survival and persistence of pathogens in food and has provided strategies for eliminating pathogens in both foods and food processing environments. Dr. Porto-Fett’s research has supported risk assessments and policy decisions, assisted in helping companies remain in business, and helped to enhance the safety and security of our food supply.