Tessa Tuytschaever

Tessa Tuytschaever is a PhD student at Ghent university, research group VEG-i-TEC. Her research focusses on Listeria monocytogenes persistence in the food business industry. During her work she focuses on the biofilm formation of Listeria monocytogenes, one of the persistence mechanisms she described in an extensive review. With a case study in a vegetable/potato processing company, she demonstrated the importance of combining environmental sampling with whole genome sequencing to determine the persistence of Listeria monocytogenes, the efficiency of the C&D procedure, high-risk areas and to confirm transmission routes. Besides her PhD, she also assists in teaching activities with one of her teaching topics being quality management systems in the agri-food chain, particularly HACCP, this both in Belgium and at the Global Campus of Ghent University in Incheon, South-Korea.