UBC Strategic Plan: Nature’s weapon against food-borne pathogens
“Some superheroes are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Microscopic bacteria-eating viruses are coming into favour as a way to combat food-borne pathogens.”
Dr. Siyun Wang, CSFS Associate and Professor of Food Safety, is investigating the applications of bacteriophages in UBC’s Food Safety Laboratory. Screening assays and genome sequencing are some of the laboratory techniques employed to study the behavior of each phage. One goal of this research is to determine how they work together as an effective ‘cocktail’ for eliminating food-borne pathogens.