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Kristen E. Gibson

Kristen E. Gibson

Associate Professor, Food Safety

Director Experiment Station

(FDSC)-Food Science

Phone: 479-575-6844

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The current research focus of Dr. Gibson's laboratory is on the fate and transport of pathogens within food systems with a focus on human noroviruses and fresh produce as well as retail food safety.

Research Goals:

  1. Develop novel methods for the recovery and detection of foodborne viruses from a variety of food products.
  2. Explore the utility of bacteriophages in controlling pathogenic bacteria in both food animal and clinical settings.
  3. Develop methods to mitigate human norovirus persistence on fomites including novel and economical strategies with application outside of the food industry.
  4. Increase education and outreach for food handler and consumer awareness of human norovirus with respect to food safety.

FDSC 1011: Exploring Topics in Food Science

FDSC 5423: Foodborne Diseases

FDSC 6403: Epidemiological Principles in Food Safety and Public Health



Postdoctoral Research- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Food Science)

Ph.D.- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Environmental Health Sciences)

B.S.- University of Central Florida (Microbiology and Molecular Biology)

Publications since 2011 (Please see CV for full list)

Conover DM, Gibson KE*. “Impact of soap type—foaming vs. gel-based—on handwashing time” Food Control. 73: 878--882. 2017.

Sharma S, Adams JP, Sakul R, Martin EM, Ricke SC, Gibson KE, Carrier DJ. “Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) essential oil yields affected by environmental and physiological changes” Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 35: 417--430. 2016.

Almeida G, Gibson KE*. “Evaluation of a recirculating dipper well combined with ozone sanitizer for control of foodborne pathogens in food service operations” Journal of Food Protection. 79: 1537--1548. 2016.

Conover DM, Gibson KE*. “Comparison of two plain soap types for removal of bacteria and viruses from hands with specific focus on food service environments” Food Control. 69: 141--146. 2016.

Arthur SE, Gibson KE*. “Environmental persistence of Tulane virus—a surrogate for human norovirus” Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 62: 449--454. 2016.

Conover DM, Gibson KE*. “A review of methods for the evaluation of handwashing efficacy” Food Control. 63:53--64. 2016.

Ghosh A, Ricke SC, Almeida G, Gibson KE*. “Application of essential oil compounds and bacteriophage to control Staphylococcus aureus.” Current Microbiology. 72: 426--435. 2016.

O’Bryan CA, Crandall P, Jaroni D, Ricke SC, Gibson KE*. “Assessment of nitrogen and phosphorus loads present in the environments impacted by alternative poultry processing operations.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 2015. doi: 10.1017/S1742170515000514

Wright K, Sirsat SA, Neal JA, Gibson KE*. “Growth of local food systems: a review of potential food safety implications.” CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources. 10:1-­-13. 2015.

Arthur SE, Gibson KE*. “Physicochemical stability profile of Tulane virus—a human norovirus surrogate” Journal of Applied Microbiology. 119:828-­-875. 2015.

Hsueh TY, Gibson KE*. “Transfer of Acanthamoeba spp. associated with viruses to fresh produce from water and environmental surfaces” Letters in Applied Microbiology. 61:192-­-198. 2015.

Hsueh TY, Gibson KE*. “Investigation of human norovirus surrogate interactions with Acanthamoeba spp.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 81: 4005-­-4013. 2015.

Haack SK, Duris JW, Kolpin DW, Fogarty LR, Johnson HE, Gibson KE, Focazio M, Schwab KJ, Hubbard LE, Foreman WT. "Genes indicative of zoonotic and swine pathogens are persistent in stream water and sediment following a swine manure spill" Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 81: 3430-­-3441. 2015.

Gibson KE* and Almeida G. “Comparison of a continuous flow dipper well and a reduced water dipper well combined with ultraviolet radiation for control of microbial contamination.” Food Control. 47: 301-­-305. 2015.

Arthur SE, Gibson KE*. “Comparison of methods for evaluating the thermal stability of human enteric viruses and their surrogates” Food and Environmental Virology. 7: 14-­-26. 2014.

Park SH, Gibson KE, Almeida G, Ricke SC. “Assessment of gastrointestinal microflora in pasture raised chickens fed two commercial prebiotics” Journal of Probiotics and Health. 2: 122. 2014.

Adams J, Gibson KE, Martin E, Almeida G, Ricke SC, Frederick N, Carrier DJ. “Characterization and variation of essential oil from Pinus taeda L. and antimicrobial effects against antibiotic resistant and susceptible Staphylococcus aureus.” Forest Products Journal. 64: 161-­-615. 2014.

O'Bryan CA, Crandall PG, Davis ML, Kostandini G, Gibson KE, Alali WQ, Jaroni D, Ricke SC, Marcy JA. "Mobile poultry processing units: a safe and cost-­-effective poultry processing option for the small-­-scale farmer.” World’s Poultry Science Journal. 70: 787-­-802. 2014.

Gibson KE*. “Virus Pathogens in Water: Occurrence, Public Health Impact, and Available Control Strategies.” Current Opinion in Virology. 4: 50-­-57. 2014.

Sirsat S, Kwon KK, Gibson KE, Crandall PG, Ricke SC, Neal JA. “Tracking Microbial Contamination in Retail Environments Using Glo Germ™ Powder – A Retail Delicatessen Environment Example.” Journal of Visualized Experiments. 85: e51402, doi:10.3791/51402. 2014.

Trimble LM, Alali WQ, Gibson KE, Ricke SC, Crandall PG, Jaroni D, Berrang M, Habteselassie MY. “Prevalence and concentration of Salmonella and Campylobacter in the processing environment of small-­-scale pastured broiler farms” Poultry Science. 92: 3060-­-3066. 2013.

Trimble LM, Alali WQ, Gibson KE, Ricke SC, Crandall PG, Jaroni D, Berrang M. “Salmonella and Campylobacter prevalence and concentration on pasture-­-raised broilers processed on-­-farm, in a mobile processing unit, and at small USDA-­- inspected facilities” Food Control. 34: 177-­-182. 2013.

Gibson KE and Borchardt MA. “Basic QA/QC Information Required for Reporting RealTime Quantitative PCR Data for Drinking Water Quality” In: Speight, V (ed) “Research Findings: What Utility Managers Need to Know” J AWWA. 105: 44-­-50. 2013.

Gibson KE, Koo OK, Ricke SC, Crandall PG. “Observation and Relative Quantification of Cross-Contamination within a Mock Retail Deli Environment.” Food Control. Accepted. 2012.

Gibson KE, Schwab KJ, Spencer SK, Borchardt MA. “Measuring and Mitigating Inhibition during Quantitative Real Time PCR analysis of Viral Nucleic Acid Extracts from Large-Volume Environmental Water Samples.” Water Research. 46: 4281-4291. 2012.

Gibson KE*, Crandall PG, Ricke SC. “Virus Removal and Transfer on Food Contact Surfaces by Cleaning Cloths” Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78: 3037-3044. 2012.

Gibson KE and Ricke SC. “Human Noroviruses and Food Safety.” Agricultural, Food, and Analytical Bacteriology. 2: 25-34. 2012.

Gibson KE and Schwab KJ. “Thermal Inactivation of Viral Surrogates for the Study of Human Noroviruses.” Food and Environmental Virology. 3: 47-77. 2011.

Gibson KE and Schwab KJ. “Tangential Flow Ultrafiltration with Integrated Inhibition Detection for the Recovery of Surrogates and Human Pathogens from Large-Volume Source and Finished Drinking Water.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77: 385-391. 2011.

* indicates Corresponding Author

2012- present
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Department of Food Science

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Arkansas, Department of Food Science

Senior Laboratory Technician II, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Publick Health, Center for Water and Health