Mark A. Harrison
Professor & Graduate Coordinator
B.S., Tennessee Technological University
M.S., University of Tennessee
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Department of Food Science & Technology
University of Georgia
Office #340, Lab #344
Athens, GA 30602-2610
Office Phone: (706) 542-1088
Lab Phone: (706) 542-4005
Description of Research Interests
Food microbiology and toxicology; Occurrence and survival characteristics of bacterial pathogens in processed food; Shelf-life extension of processed foods; Pathogen detection methodology.
FDST(MIBO) 4030/6030-4030L/6030L: Food Microbiology
FDST 4100/6100: Governmental Regulation of Food Safety and Quality
FDST 8050: Foodborne Pathogens and Toxins
FDST 8090: Advanced Food Microbiology
Selected Recent Publications
Ponrajan, A., M.A. Harrison, J.R. Segers, B.K. Lowe, R.O. McKeith, T.D. Pringle, K.G. Martino, J.H. Mulligan, and A.M. Stelzleni. 2011. Effects of sodium citrate plus sodium diacetate and buffered vinegar on Escherichia coli O157:H7 and psychrotrophic bacteria in brine-injected beef. J. Food Prot. 3:359-364.
Akins, E.D., P.L. Rule, M.R. Keener, H.S. Sellers, J.E. Line, M. Simmons, M.A. Harrison, and K.L. Hiett. 2009. Simplified capacitance monitoring for the determination of Campylobacter spp. growth rates. J. Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology 17:3-8.
Doering, H.J., M.A. Harrison, R.A. Morrow, W.C. Hurst, and W.L. Kerr. 2009. Use of the systems approach to determine the fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on fresh lettuce and spinach. J. Food Prot. 72:1560-1568.
Hunter, S.M., M.E. Berrang, R.J. Meinersmann, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Genetic diversity of Campylobacter on broiler carcasses collected preevisceration and postchill in 17 US poultry processing plants. J. Food Prot. 72:49-54.
Johnston, M.A., M.A. Harrison, and R.A. Morrow. 2009. Microbial antagonists of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on fresh-cut lettuce and spinach. J. Food Prot. 72:1569-1575.
Kim, J.K. and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Surrogate selection for Escherichia coli O157:H7 based on cryotolerance and attachment to Romaine lettuce. J. Food Prot. 72:1385-1391.
Ladely, S.R., R.J. Meinersmann , M.E. Englen, P.J. Fedorka-Cray, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. 23S rRNA gene mutations contributing to macrolide resistance in Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli. Foodborne Pathogens Dis. 6:91-98.
Pittenger, L.G., M.D. Englen, C.T. Parker, J.G. Frye, B. Quinones, S.T. Horn, I. Son, P.J. Fedorka-Cray, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Genotyping Campylobacter jejuni by comparative genome indexing: An evaluation with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and flaA SVR sequencing. Foodborne Pathogens Dis. 6:337-349.
Richardson, L.J., N.A. Cox, J.S. Bailey, M.E. Berrang, J.M. Cox, R.J. Buhr, P.J. Fedorka-Dray, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Evaluation of TECRA broth, Bolton broth, and direct plating for recovery of Campylobacter spp. from broiler carcass rinsates from commercial plants. J. Food Prot. 72:972-977.
Akins, E. D., Harrison, M. A., Hurst, W. C. 2008. Effect of washing practices on the microflora on Georgia-grown cantaloupes. J. Food Prot, 71, 46-51.
Kim, J., Harrison, M. A. 2008. Transfer of Escherichia coli O157:H7 to romaine lettuce due to contact water from melting ice. J Food Prot, 71, 252-256.
Musgrove, M. T., Northcutt, J. K., Jones, D. R., Cox, N. A., Harrison, M. A. 2008. Enterobacteriaceae and related organisms isolated from shell eggs collected during commercial processing. Poultry Sci, 87, 1211-1218.
Simmons, Karen, Mark A. Harrison, William C. Hurst, Judy A. Harrison, Jeffery Brecht, Keith Schneider, Amy Simonne, and James Rushing. 2007. Survey of food defense practices in produce operations in the southeast. Food Protect. Trends. 27(3):174–184.
Murray, Melinda, Joshua Gurtler, Jee-Hoon Ryu, Mark A. Harrison, and Larry R. Beuchat. 2007. Evaluation of direct plating methods to enumerate Alicyclobacillus in beverages. Internat. J. Food Microbiol. 115:59–69.
Son, Insook, Mark D. Englen, Mark E. Berrang, Paula J. Fedorka-Cray, and Mark A. Harrison. 2007. Antimicrobial resistance patterns of Arocbacter and Campylobacter on broiler carcasses during processing. Internat. J. Antimicrobial Agents. 29:451-455.
Son, Insook, Mark D. Englen, Mark E. Berrang, Paula J. Fedorka-Cray, and Mark A. Harrison. 2007. Prevalence of Arcobacter and Campylobacter on broiler carcasses during processing. Internat. J. Food Microbiol. 113:16-22.