Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D., is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Dr. Jaykus’ research interests are varied and focus on: (1) food virology; (2) development of pre-analytical sample preparation methods to facilitate foodborne pathogen detection; and (3) the application of quantitative risk assessment in food safety. She is currently serving as the scientific director of the USDA-NIFA Food Virology Collaborative. Also called NoroCORE, the Collaborative is a 5 year, $25 million project intended to reduce the burden of foodborne disease associated with enteric viruses, now recognized as the leading cause of food-related illness. NoroCORE is a large consortium of academic institutions with representation from state and federal governments, as well members from relevant industrial sectors. Her professional activities have included membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, on several National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine food safety committees, and on the executive board of the International Association for Food Protection, for which she served as president in 2010-2011. She has taught food microbiology/safety on the undergraduate and graduate levels, has mentored over 20 graduate students and 10 post-doctoral research associates and/or visiting scientists, and authored or co-authored over 150 publications. Dr. Jaykus received a B.S. degree in food science and M.S. in animal science (food microbiology) from Purdue University. Her Ph.D. is from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Public Health.