CV – Tom Ross

Dr Tom Ross
University of Tasmania, Tasmania

Tom is a Professor in food microbiology and Director of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products. His research involves development of knowledge, and its integration into mathematical models and computer software, to describe and predict the growth and death of bacteria in foods. That knowledge and those technologies are widely used by the Australian food industry and Australian and New Zealand government agencies. Tom’s expertise is recognised and valued internationally as evidenced by his service on numerous expert consultations convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Joint Expert Committee on Microbial Risk Assessment (JEMRA), the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF), and International Committee on Predictive Modelling in Food. In 2017 Tom was invited onto the Executive Board of the International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICMFH) and contributed to the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (USFDA) food safety risk assessment software platform.