Barbara Kowalcyk

Barbara B. Kowalcyk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology in The Ohio State University. Dr. Kowalcyk is a recognized expert in food safety and has broad experience and training in epidemiology, public health informatics, risk science, regulatory decision making, and public policy. For over 15 years, her efforts have focused on advancing a more systems-based approach to food safety that promotes evidence-based decision making from farm to fork to physician and considers the broader connectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. Dr. Kowalcyk has served on many national committees, including two National Academy of Sciences committees and her current appointments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Science Board and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Board of Scientific Counselors Food Safety Modernization Act Surveillance Working Group. In addition to her extensive experience in food safety, Dr. Kowalcyk has more than 10 years of experience as a biostatistician conducting clinical research and providing support to data safety monitoring boards in the pharmaceutical industry. She is also co-founder of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to advancing a stronger, science-based food safety system that prevents foodborne disease and protects public health.