Using genome-scale metabolic models and computational methods to study infectious disease of foodborne pathogens and beneficial microbial flora
Fermentation processes in the food/beverage industry
Flavor profiles and antimicrobial properties of chili peppers for use in the food industry
Microbiological analysis of the dairy industry
Dr. David J. Baumler is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Food Safety Microbiology in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. His research program is focused on experimental and computational Systems Biology methods to study pathogenic and commensal microorganisms during interactions with hosts and in environments such as foods. He is also a chili pepper consultant for farmers and the food/beverage industry in the Midwest. Aside from his research, he is also a family fun musical entertainer named Davey Doodle and looks forward to performing entertaining and educational songs to the Twin Cities community.
Dr. Baumler received a B.S in Biochemistry, a M.S. in Food Microbiology and Safety, and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Post-doctoral research at the Genome Center of Wisconsin focused on Microbial Comparative Genomics, Bioinformatics, Pedagogical Teaching Methods, the Evolution and Cultivation of >100 types of Chili Peppers, and the Systems Biology of Infectious Disease. He also serves as a reviewer for numerous PLOS, BioMed Central, and OMICS journals.