Atwill Water & Foodborne Zoonotic Disease Laboratory

Xunde Li

EDUCATION

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Ph.D. (Parasitology), Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Rouen, Rouen, France, 2000

M.S. (Biology), Department of Biology, Changchun University of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Changchun, China, 1990

B.S. (Animal science and nutrition), Department of Animal Sciences, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun, China, 1987

EMPLOYMENT AND POSITIONS

  • Research Scientist, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, University of California, Davis, California, 2008+
  • Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California, 2008+.
  • Staff Research Scientist, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California, 2003-2007.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Epidemiology and Medical Ecology of Infectious Disease, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Davis, California, 2001-2003
  • Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist, Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) , Beltsville, Maryland, 2000-2001
  • Instructor, Department of Biology, Changchun University of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Changchun, China, 1992-1997.
  • Assistant Instructor, Department of Biology, Changchun University of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Changchun, China, 1990-1992

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Food Safety Risk Assessment, FDA and University of Maryland Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 2009
  • Training of “Basic Supervisory”, Department of Human Resource, University of California-Davis, 2005
  • Animal Care and Use Certificate, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, University of California-Davis, 2004
  • Technical Writing Certificate, University of California-Davis & California State University-Fresno, 2004
  • Training of Biological Use Authorization Protocol, University of California-Davis, 2003
  • Training in Molecular Techniques, Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology, Department of Ecosystem, Pasteur Institute of Lille, France, 2000
  • Hemo-Protozoology Certificate, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Rouen, France, 1998
  • Training of Immunological and Cellular Techniques, Laboratory of Immunology and Immunopathology, CHU Hospital, University of Caen, France, 1998

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Application of HACCP, development of strategy, and assessment of risks for food safety and security.
  • Development and validation of methods for detection and identification of foodborne and waterborne pathogens in a variety of foods and waters
  • Food microbial safety emphasizing the molecular microbiology: pathogen fingerprinting and source tracking
  • Evaluating of application of antibiotics for their impacts on safety of food, ecology of microbes, and health of animals and environment.
  • Evaluating thermal effects and other sanitizers on survival and viability of microbial pathogens in foods and waters and development of strategies against pathogens contamination of foods