Division of Environmental Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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- PhD, Comparative Pathology, University of California, Davis , 2007
- MS, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, 2007
- DVM, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 2000
Juliana M. Ruzante is a research public health analyst in RTI International’s Center for Health and Environmental Modeling. She is a public health veterinarian with over 15 years of expertise in food safety and risk analysis. In her capacity, she develops strategies to expand RTI’s work in the area of food safety by fostering partnerships across institutes and organizations. She is responsible for identifying and pursuing new funding and research opportunities. Dr. Ruzante also manages and provides technical advice to several projects in food safety and public health. She works closely with the U.S. federal government and others to support the development of evidence-based policies and practices that prevent foodborne illness from farm to fork. She previously worked for the Food Safety Campaign at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she is developed and executed a comprehensive research plan to evaluate the safety of meat and poultry. Prior to joining Pew, she worked at the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the University of Maryland as a Risk Analysis Program Manager where she was responsible for coordinating and managing the food safety risk analysis training programs. Dr. Ruzante was key in developing a multi-criteria risk ranking framework that has been considered by several government agencies as a mechanism to prioritize foodborne pathogens. Dr. Ruzante has authored several reports and peer reviewed papers, and served in advisory committees, including the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Advisory Committee, as well as expert meetings organized by the National Academies, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Ruzante is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Public Health at San Diego State University.