Joshua Gurtler is a research scientist at the Eastern Regional Research Center of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Wyndmoor, PA. He conducted his undergraduate and M.S. work at Auburn University, and completed his Ph.D. and post-doctoral work in food microbiology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Gurtler’s current work involves innovative interventions for the inactivation of Salmonella, enteric viruses and other foodborne pathogens in fresh produce, crops and soil, and he is currently developing new antimicrobial washes for fresh fruits and vegetables. Previous work evaluated the behavior and elimination of Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Yersinia, Cronobacter sakazakii, and spoilage microorganisms in products such as liquid and shell eggs, infant formulas and cereals, and fruit juices. He feels honored to work on this project with Dr. Annous.