Dr. Gonzalez-Escalona is a research staff fellow in the Office of Regulatory Science (ORS), division of Microbiology, branch of molecular methods and subtyping, in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, at College Park, MD. He is been working in ORS developing new methods to detect Salmonella in produce as well as alternative methods for Salmonella subtyping. He is the lead scientist in charge of testing and applying Ion Torrent technology in ORS. His research interests include the ecology and evolution of marine bacteria, especially those of the genus Vibrio. He is also the curator of the MLST website for V. parahaemolyticus. Dr. Gonzalez-Escalona received his PhD from the University of Chile in 2004 and completed further postdoctoral training at the Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory (GCSL), FDA, Dauphin Island, AL.