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Fernanda Santos

Teaching Assistant Professor, Food Science


Schaub Food Science Building, Room 129E


Description of Work

Currently, Dr. Santos’s focus is food safety in both pre- and post-harvest sectors with an emphasis on using alternative techniques to control foodborne pathogens in foods. In addition, as a teaching professor, she is working with other faculty in the department on updating currently offered courses and developing new courses. As an example, she has proposed the creation of a new series of courses called “The Discovery Series,” which will be composed of a number of food science-related courses that will be taught not only to food science and nutrition students but also to any undergraduate student who seeks to better understand the science behind foods and controversial topics that involve food and nutrition. Dr. Santos is interested in exploring new technologies of packaging and packaging systems to improve food safety and shelf life. And most importantly, she is passionate about fostering undergraduate involvement in research and education.

Teaching Activities

  • FS 475 Problems and Design in Food and Bioprocessing Science
  • FSA 520 Pre-Harvest Food Safety
  • FS 522 Food Packaging
  • FSA 530 Post-Harvest Food Safety
  • FS 553 Food Laws and Regulations
  • FS 751 Food Ingredient Technology in Product Development


  • Reflective Educational Design (RED) Core Teaching Certification (CTC)

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for Food Protection
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Regional Council of Veterinary Medicine – Brazil


  1. SANTOS, F.B.O., Santos Jr., A.A., Oviedo-Rondon, E.O., Ferket, P.R. Influence of Housing System on Growth Performance and Intestinal Health of Salmonella-challenged Broiler Chickens. Current Research in Poultry Science, v.2, p.1 – 10, 2012. DOI: 10.3923/crpsaj.2012.1.10
  2. Payne, J.B., Li, X., SANTOS, F. B. O., Williams, C.M., Sheldon, B.W. Survey of Salmonella populations from swine waste treatment technologies. Journal of Swine Health and Production, v.19, p.100 – 106, 2011.
  3. Santos Jr., A.A., Ferket, P.R., SANTOS, F. B. O., Nakamura, N., Collier, C. Change in the Ileal Bacterial Population of Turkeys Fed Different Diets and After Infection with Salmonella as Determined with Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis of Amplified 16S Ribosomal DNA. Poultry Science, v.87, p.1415 – 1427, 2008. DOI: 10.3382/ps.2006-00462
  4. Grimes, J.L., Rahimi, S., Oviedo-Rondon, E.O., Sheldon, B.W., SANTOS, F. B. O. Effects of a Direct-Fed Microbial (Primalac) on Turkey Poult Performance and Susceptibility to Oral Salmonella Poultry Science, v.87, p.1464 – 1470, 2008. DOI: 10.3382/ps.2008-00498
  5. SANTOS, F. B. O., Sheldon, B.W., Santos Jr., A.A., Ferket, P.R. Influence of Housing System, Grain Type, and Particle Size on Salmonella Colonization and Shedding of Broilers Fed Triticale or Corn-Soybean Meal Diets. Poultry Science, v.87, p.405 – 420, 2008. DOI: 10.3382/ps.2006-00417
  6. SANTOS, F. B. O., Sheldon, B.W., Santos Jr., A.A., Ferket, P.R., Lee, M.D., Petroso, A., Smith, D. Determination of Ileum Microbial Diversity of Broilers Fed Triticale- or Corn-Based Diets and Colonized by Salmonella. Journal of Applied Poultry Research, v.16, p.563 – 573, 2007.
  7. SANTOS, F. B. O., D’Souza, D.H., Jaykus, L. Ferket, P.R., Sheldon, B.W. Genotypes, Serotypes, and Antibiotic Resistance Profiles of Salmonella Isolated from Commercial North Carolina Turkey Farms. Journal of Food Protection, v.70, p.1328 – 1333, 2007.


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Ph.D., Poultry Science and Animal Science, Minors in Food Safety and Biotechnology, North Carolina State University (2006)
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil (2000)