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As I was about to leave graduate school...

As a Risk Policy Fellow, I worked on a variety of issues (mercury in seafood, dietary supplements, U.S.-Mexico border health), but my major project was a risk assessment of Listeria monocytogenes (a common foodborne microbe that causes an uncommon but often fatal disease). Risk assessment is still very new in food safety and this study was just getting started when I began my fellowship, so I was able to get in at the ground floor and participate in adapting theoretical techniques to real-world circumstances.

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