Elizabeth M. Grasso-Kelley, Ph.D. - Candidate for Director

Elizabeth M. Grasso-Kelley, Ph.D., is a Lifetime Member of Phi Tau Sigma. Dr. Grasso-Kelley is the Chief of the Food Technology Branch in the Division of Food Processing Science and Technology within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration/Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/Office of Food Safety. She received her B.S. degree in Food Science from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science and Nutrition and Food Science and Technology, respectively, from The Ohio State University. She began her career as an FDA Commissioner’s Fellow working in low moisture food safety. Prior to joining the FDA, she served as a Scientist at the Institute for Food Safety and Health and an Assistant Professor in Food Science and Nutrition at Illinois Tech. Elizabeth is a co-lead on the IFSH Low Moisture Foods Safety Taskforce and is serving on the ISO Working Draft on Microbiology of the Food Chain – Requirements and guidelines for conducting challenge tests. Her research expertise involves evaluating the survival and inactivation of foodborne pathogens within low water activity commodities and processing environments, including equipment sanitation. As an active member of the Institute for Food Technologists, Dr. Grasso-Kelley currently serves on the Food Microbiology Division as the Technical Paper Reviewer Chair and volunteers, on an annual basis, as a Track and Abstract Reviewer for the IFT Annual Meetings. She has also served as a symposia organizer and has presented research at IFT on numerous occasions. In addition to her service to IFT, she has authored (or co-authored) 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reference documents. She is a current member of the Journal of Food Protection’s Editorial Board, and actively reviews manuscript submissions for The Journal of Food Protection, Journal of Food Science, and Journal of Peanut Science. She has also served as the past-Chair of the International Association for Food Protection’s Low Water Activity Foods Professional Development Group. Vision for ΦΤΣ: As current Chair of the Membership and Qualifications Committee for Phi Tau Sigma I understand the importance of a strong membership. By accepting excellent nominations we can ensure the continued success of our Honor Society. I whole-heartedly support the ideals of the Honor Society, and strive to encourage the understanding and application of fundamental scientific principles to our field. I believe it is important to share our vision with those within and outside of our field. Serving as a Director will allow me to continue to support my pursuit of the advancement of Food Science and Technology as well as recognize and honor the professional achievements that support our prestigious organization.