Carla Schwan

Project Lead Coordinator, Kansas State University



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Carla is a lead project coordinator at Kansas State University (KSU) with noteworthy experience in international development and food safety-related trade policy training. Through her past work as a food safety graduate student, she has earned a reputation for excellence in teaching and researching topics on applied pathogen monitoring and control, food security, capacity building, and laboratory-based mentoring of scientists from countries as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Grenada, and St. Lucia, just to name a few. Carla has close to one decade of experience in food microbiology, food safety, and international service. She graduated from the Federal University of Santa Maria – Brazil with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology. Following graduation, she began her master’s degree research on food safety and defense topics, focusing on meat safety in the U.S. private industry. Carla’s doctoral research focused on the countries of Cambodia and Bangladesh and collaborated with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification. Her research objectives included the development of microbial baselines for traditional wet markets in Cambodia, outreach and food safety training modules targeting food safety inspectors in Bangladesh, and collaboration in the development of a food safety master’s program at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. Carla graduated with a Ph.D. in Food Science from KSU in the fall of 2020. She recently accepted a position at KSU as project coordinator in a USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety grant focusing on Cambodia. Her responsibilities include coordinating data collection, processing samples, delivering workshops, presenting data, mentoring students, and publishing peer-reviewed articles

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Unsafe and adulterated foods


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