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Jovana Kovacevic

Associate Professor
jovana.kovacevic [at]

Food Innovation Center

Food Innovation Center Suite 154

Food Innovation Center 1207 NW Naito Parkway

Food Innovation Center
1207 NW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209

Dr. Kovacevic's program focuses on food microbiology and safety, with emphasis on traditional and novel molecular microbiology and genomic approaches to study the mechanisms underlying pathogenesis, stress survival, persistence and antimicrobial resistance of foodborne pathogens. Extension activities involve FSMA training, education and outreach through the Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety, and food safety training and client service support through the Food Innovation Center.



My research interests are in the application of molecular methods and genomics in food safety. In particular, my lab researches how these methods and tools can be used to improve pathogen tracing, to advance our understanding of pathogen survival and contamination events in the farm-to-fork food chain, and to aid the development of targeted interventions. Current areas of interest include: i) survival, stress response mechanisms, and prevention of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in food processing environments; ii) antimicrobial resistance in the food chain; iii) pathogen stress survival and biofilms; and iv) understanding and prevention of foodborne outbreaks. As Director of the FSMA’s Western Regional Center, I am also very much interested in working with food industry to develop effective food safety training, education and knowledge transfer initiatives.


Current and Recent Research Projects

  • Characterization of genotypic and phenotypic properties of Listeria spp.
  • Antimicrobial resistance and sanitizer tolerance of Listeria spp. and other foodborne microorganisms.
  • Prevention of contamination events in produce handling and processing environments.
  • Mitigation strategies and monitoring for environmental pathogens in produce, dairy and other food handling and processing environments.
  • Food safety on produce farms.


Extension Projects


Affiliated with: 
Food Innovation Center
Experiment Station
Lab Group: 
Courses Taught: 

FST 507/607 Graduate Seminar

Professional Accomplishments

Professional Affiliations: 
  • International Association for Food Protection (2006-present)
  • Member of the American Society for Microbiology (2014-present)
  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists (2012-2017)
  • B.C. Food Protection Association (2008-2017)
  • B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology, University of Alberta (2005)
  • M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology - Food Microbiology, University of Alberta (2007)
  • Ph.D. in Food Science - Food Microbiology, University of British Columbia (2014)

University Service

  • FST Leadership Committee, Committee Member (2020 - present)
  • FST DEI Committee, Committee Member (2020 - present)
  • FST Graduate Committee, Committee Member (2018 - present)
  • FIC Building Safety Committee, Committee Member (2017 - present)
  • Food Safety Team – OSU Extension Web Upgrade, Team Leader (2017)

Selected service to the profession

My Awards

Honors and Awards: 
  • OSU Extension Association (OSUEA) Newer Faculty Award (2021)
  • OSU Extension Association (OSUEA) Search for Excellence Award awarded to Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety (2020)
  • Promising Scholar Award, Awarded by the Faculty Senate, Oregon State University (2020)
  • OSU Extension Association 2019 Team Award awarded to Oregon Farm Food Safety Team (2019)

My Publications

Outreach and Extension

My Media