Dr. Danyluk’s current research and extension interests include microbial food safety and quality, emphasizing the microbiology of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and juices. Her primary research focuses on bacterial pathogens in produce, including production, packing and processing environments, its movement and mitigation within these environments, and the subsequent implications for public health. Michelle’s extension program includes teaching programs related to FSMA, HACCP, GAPs and other specialized food safety programs. Michelle was elected a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Food (ICMSF) in 2016 and to the IAFP Executive Board in 2019.She maintains an active lab of graduate students working towards degrees at both the Ph.D. and M.S. levels.
Dr. Danyluk’s current research interests include microbial food safety and quality, emphasizing the microbiology of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fruit juices. Her primary research focuses on contamination routes, cross contamination and mitigation strategies for Salmonella in produce products.
Dr. Danyluk’s extension program includes involvement teaching HACCP, GAPS and other specialized food safety, security or beverage processing programs and workshops to stakeholders of fruit juices, fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Dr. Danyluk’s lab has over 2,000 square feet of well-equipped, modern laboratory space to conduct studies on food safety and processing. It is located at the Citrus Research & Education Center (CREC) is one of the largest units in the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Facilities in the unit has an extensive pilot plant, green house, screen house, and field sites, science library system, and numerous analytical instruments. This centrally located facility has large meeting facilities capable of handling several hundred people located in the Ben Hill Griffin Citrus Hall.