Omar A. Oyarzabal, DVM, Ph.D.

Omar A. Oyarzabal received a degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from Argentina, and a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology/food safety from Auburn University. Oyarzabal is currently Vice President for Technical Services at IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, and Affiliate Associate Professor at the Institute of Microbiology, Universidad Austral in Valdivia, Chile. He was previously Associate Professor at Alabama State University and Auburn University, and his previous international collaborations included scientists from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Grenada and South Africa. Oyarzabal’s expertise is the identification and typing of bacterial foodborne pathogens, with emphasis on Campylobacter spp. Oyarzabal is the co-editor of Microbial Food Safety: An Introduction, published by Springer-Verlag (New York, NY) and the upcoming book DNA Methods in Food Safety: Molecular Typing of Foodborne and Waterborne Bacterial Pathogens, which will be published by Wiley-Blackwell (West Sussex, United Kingdom). Oyarzabal is the current Chair for Division P (food microbiology) and a member of the Branch Lectureships Committee at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Oyarzabal has served ASM in different capacities, including Secretary and President of the Southeastern Branch of ASM and founder and faculty advisor of the Alabama State University Student Chapter of ASM. Some of his recognitions include the Ivan L. Roth Award (2011) for outstanding contributions to the Southeastern Branch of ASM, Fulbright Scholar (2009) by the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (Washington, DC), and Director’s Research Award (2007) by Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and School of Agriculture at Auburn University.