Dr. Narjol Gonzalez-Escalona
Dr. Gonzalez-Escalona is a Research Microbiologist in the Office of Regulatory Science (ORS), division of Microbiology, branch of molecular methods and subtyping, in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, at College Park, MD. He is been working in ORS developing new methods (qPCR) to detect Salmonella in produce and Salmonella Enteritidis in egg products. He is also involved in developing alternative methods for Salmonella subtyping, including whole genome MLST genomics. His research interests include the ecology and evolution of marine bacteria, especially those of the genus Vibrio. He works on genomics of foodborne pathogens evolution, source tracking, antibiotic resistance, etc. He is also the curator of the MLST website for V. parahaemolyticus. Dr. Gonzalez-Escalona received his PhD from the University of Chile in 2004 and completed further postdoctoral training at the Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory (GCSL), FDA, Dauphin Island, AL.