Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D.

IIT Vice President and IFSH Director, Professor of Food Science


Room 231, Bldg. 90





Food Microbiology
Food Safety


B.S. in Bacteriology
M.S. in Food Microbiology
Ph.D. in Food Microbiology


Food Microbiology, Bacteriology, and Food Safety


Microbiological food safety; growth and survival of psycrotrophic pathogens in foods; physical/chemical controls for pathogens in foods; and microbial ecology of plant products.


Member, International Association for Food Protection; Institute of Food Technologists; American Society for Microbiologists; Sigma Xi (Honor Society for Scientists); Phi Tau Sigma (Honor Society for Food Science and Technology); Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars) Editorial Board Member, Journal of Food Science; Journal of Food Protection Technical Reviewer, Journal of Food Protection; Applied and Environmental Microbiology (past Editorial Board member); Food Technology; Journal of Food Quality; Italian Journal of Food Science; Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry; Food Microbiology; International Journal of Food Microbiology; Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture; Trends in Food Science and Technology; Emerging and Infectious Diseases; Journal of Food Safety; Journal of Chemical Education.


Becker, R. A., Janus, E. R., White, R. D., Kruszewski, F. H., & Brackett, R. E. (2009). Good laboratory practices and safety assessments.  Environmental  Health Perspectives, 117(11), 482-483.

Seo, K. H., & Brackett, R. E. (2005). Rapid, specific detection of Enterobacter sakazakii in infant formula using a real-time PCR assay. Journal of  Food Protection, 68(1), 59-63.

Seo, K. H., Brackett, R. E., Valentin-Bon, I. E., & Holt, P. S. (2003). Comparison of homogenization methods for recovering Salmonella Enteritidis from eggs. Journal of Food Protection 66(9), 1666-1669.

Guo, X., Chen, J., Brackett, R. E., & Beuchat, L. R. (2001). Survival of salmonellae on and in tomato plants from the time of inoculation at flowering and early stages of fruit development through fruit ripening. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 67(10), 4760-4764.

Brackett, R.E. (1999). Incidence, contributing factors, and control of bacterial pathogens in produce. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 15(3), 305-311.

Brackett, R. E., Hao, Y. Y., & Doyle, M. P. (1994).  Ineffectiveness of Hot Acid Sprays to Decontaminate Escherichia-Coli 0157-H7 on Beef.  Journal of Food Protection, 57(3), 198-203.

Brackett, R. E. (1992). Shelf Stability and Safety of Fresh Produce as Influenced by Sanitation and Disinfection. Journal of Food Protection, 55(10), 808-814.

Brackett, R. E. (1988). Presence and Persistence of Literia-Monocytogenes in Food and Water. Food Technology, 42(4), 162-164.

Brackett, R. E. (1987b). Microbiological Consequences of Minimally Processed Fruits and Vegetables. Journal of Food Quality, 10(3), 195-206.