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Rich Linton

PI (Purdue U)
Location:  Purdue University
Cell Phone:  765-490-8922

Dr. Linton received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology; a Master’s Degree in Food Science, and a Doctorate in Food Science all at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Linton’s research interests include the study of growth and inactivation of foodborne pathogens in different food systems. His basic research focuses on studying the heat inactivation and nonthermal inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes under varying environmental conditions. Much of his research is applied, and, he works with many segments of the food processing and retail food industry. His areas of expertise are retail food safety and development and implementation of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point food safety programs. At Purdue University, he has developed training programs for food safety education for retail food establishments and food processing establishments. His most known program, called “Food Safety Day,” attracts over 5000 food retail operators each year. Richard also provides Extension publications through the university and published other related information in scientific journals. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Conference for Food Protection and the National Alliance for Food Safety and Security. Richard has received several service awards. He and his colleagues were recognized as a recipient of the United States Department of Agriculture Group Honor Award for Excellence. He also received an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Indiana Environmental Health Association, and, the Purdue University Extension Award of Merit. In 2004, he was selected as Purdue University Faculty Scholar. Nationally, he has been recognized by the
Institute of Food Technologists for his leadership in research and outreach programs with the Howard Macy Award (2004) and the Myron Solberg Award (2006). During his 13 years at Purdue University, Richard has published over 40 referred journal articles, nine textbooks, and over 30 Extension publications. He has also presented over 175 presentations at state and national meetings and has received >$2.5 million in research and industry research grants.