Microbial spoilers in food 2017
28th-29th-30th June - Quimper

Panagiotis SKANDAMIS

Prof. Panagiotis Skandamis received his Bachelor Degree on Food Science & Technology and a PhD on Food Microbiology by Agricultural University of Athens (AUA).

He has worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Animal Science of Colorado State University in USA. In 2004, he joined the Department of Food Science & Technology of AUA, teaching Food Microbiology and Food Quality Control and Hygiene. Prof. Skandamis has authored 112 original research papers in journals of SCI, 26book chapters and has a total number of 3686 citations (h-index 28). His research is funded by 5th, 6th and 7th EU Framework Program, National Grants and direct contracts with the Greek Food Industry in the following areas: (i) survival/growth of pathogens, with emphasis on the adaptive response to food-related stresses, (ii) biofilm formation and removal by chemical and natural disinfectants, (iii) predictive microbiology of foods, (iv) application of mild preservation technologies; (v) detection, isolation and subtyping of foodborne pathogens from foods and food processing environments and (v) ecology of ochratoxin A-producing fungi. He is Associate Editor in Food Research International and member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Food Protection, Applied and Environmental Microbiology and International Journal of Food Microbiology. He is also member of the Biohazard Panel (BIOHAZ) of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for the period 2015-2018.

Predictive Modeling software development: Dr. Skandamis has also developed a Predictive Modelling Software tool, entitled GroPIN, which constitutes a database of 400 kinetic and probabilistic models for pathogens and spoilage organisms in response to a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic foods parameters (e.g., T, pH, aw, preservatives, atmosphere, etc.). GroPIN is capable of simulating microbial growth and inactivation under static and dynamic processing and distribution conditions along the food chain, both deterministically and stochastically, via Monte Carlo simulation. The software is publicly available along with a detailed user guide at the following address: http://www.aua.gr/psomas/gropin/