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Lin Walker

Assistant Professor – Applied Microbiology

Extension Specialist


Scott Hall 334D


Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Walker’s research and extension focuses on improving the microbial safety and quality of poultry and poultry products. Her goal is to assist the poultry industry to mitigate the microbial safety risk and to ensure compliance with federal and state food safety regulations.

Research interest include:
• intervention technologies to control food-borne pathogens;
• predictive microbiology to estimate the growth and survival of the pathogens;
• thermal and non-thermal processing to improve the quality and safety of poultry products;
• rapid detection for food-borne pathogens.


Dr. Walker earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from China Agricultural University in Beijing, China. She went on to earn her Ph.D. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Walker continued her research in food microbial safety as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNL. Before joining NC State, Dr. Walker was the team lead of Pathogen Detection in the Department of Research and Development at Neogen Corporation, an international food safety and animal safety company with offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. She spent more than five years there on the development of rapid diagnostic test kits for food-borne pathogens.

She was the recipient of the first place J. Mac Goepfert Developing Scientist Award from the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) in 2015.


B.S., Food Quality and Safety, China Agricultural University (2008)
M.S., Processing and Storage of Agricultural Products, China Agricultural University (2010)
Ph.D., Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2014)