Principal Scientist - Seafood Safety
Michelle is an environmental microbiologist with 20 years’ experience in environmental assessment, water quality and food safety microbiology. Whilst completing her MSc at Texas A&M University, she worked on bathing waters monitoring and undertook a pilot project on antimicrobial resistance profiling as a means of bacterial source tracking. She expanded her microbiological knowledge and skills at the Royal Veterinary College, working in pathology & infectious diseases on a range of teaching and research projects including implementation of Good Research Practice principals in a Biosafety Level 2/3 molecular genetics laboratory. Michelle joined Cefas in 2006 to coordinate and deliver a large programme of environmental risk assessments for sanitary surveys of both aquaculture and wild-harvest shellfisheries for the Food Standards Agency Scotland, now Food Standards Scotland. In addition to delivery she provided training at the EU and national level on the planning and conduct of field surveys and sanitary assessments. Michelle took up the role of group manager for food safety in 2015 and has provided consultancy and advice to government and commercial clients in relation to risks arising in primary production of bivalve molluscs.