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Dr. Rohinee Paranjpye was born in Pune, India in 1955 and has been working at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center as a microbiologist since 1979. As part of a microbiology product quality and safety team, she helped improve the safety and marketability of fishery products by identifying hazards in seafood. She also researches the role of abiotic and biotic environmental factors on the presence of marine pathogens in order to develop improved risk assessment tools for early warning systems. Rohinee has a B.S. in Chemistry from India, a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Fisheries from the University of Washington.
Interview contains discussions of: microbiology, food safety, shellfish, oysters, Clostridium botulinum, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Vibrio vulnificus, genomics and collaboration.
Dr. Paranjpye discusses her work with various naturally occurring toxins and food safety. She describes the successful collaboration between stakeholders in the aquaculture community and her current work on finding ways to forecast increases of bacteria in the environment. She also is studying the effects of substrate on the concentration of bacteria and what conditions affect their populations.
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