Senior Research Associate, Food Science
While working in the lab as a Post Doctoral Research Associate, Renato studied the evolution and population genetics of Listeria monocytogenes. Currently, Renato’s research focuses on (i) source tracking of foodborne pathogens using whole-genome sequencing (WGS) analysis, (ii) the evolution of Salmonella serovars associated with agricultural animals, (iii) comparative genomics of organisms associated with milk spoilage, (iv) longitudinal analysis of Listeria monocytogenes from foods and food environments using WGS, and (v) the identification of genetic markers for hypo-and hyper-virulent Salmonella serotypes and subtypes using WGS and phenotypic characterization. Renato also organizes and delivers training on WGS analysis and bioinformatics to the food industry and academic researchers. In addition, Renato is a member of the CDC´s Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence, where he helps with training on WGS data analysis for state and local-level epidemiologists in the US.
- B.S. in General Biology, University of Campinas 2000
- M.S. in Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Campinas 2003
- Ph.D. in Microbiology, Cornell University 2007
Ithaca, NY 14853
rho2 [at] cornell.edu