Teresa Bergholz

Teresa Bergholz

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Associate Professor
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition



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PhD, Food Science, Michigan State University 2007
BS, Food Science, Michigan State University 2000
BS, Microbiology, Michigan State University 2000

Professional positions

2012-2020 - Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Microbiological Sciences, North Dakota State University

2007-2012 - Postdoctoral researcher and research associate, Department of Food Science, Cornell University

Research Interests

Characterizing the impact of biotic and abiotic stresses on pathogen behavior in the pre-harvest environment

Identifying the genetic basis for stress resistance phenotypes of foodborne pathogens

Evaluation of steam pasteurization for inactivation of enteric pathogens on low water activity foods

Instructional Activities

FSC 440 - Food Microbiology
FSC 441 - Food Microbiology Laboratory

Recent Publications

Lauer, J.R., S. Simsek, and T. M. Bergholz. Fate of Salmonella and Enterohemorrhagic E. coli on wheat grain. 2021. Journal of Food Protection. 84:2109-2115. DOI: 10.4315/JFP-21-076

Simsek, S., J. Snelling, S. Malekmohammadi, and T. M. Bergholz. Vacuum steam treatment of soft wheat: quality and reduction of Escherichia coli O121 and Salmonella Enteritidis PT30. 2021. Cereal Chemistry DOI: 10.1002/cche.10356

Cardenas-Alvarez, M. X., M. K. Townsend Ramsett, S. Malekmohammadi, and T. M. Bergholz. Evidence of hypervirulence in Listeria monocytogenes clonal complex 14. 2019. Journal of Medical Microbiology https://doi.org/10.1099/jmm.0.001076

Shah, M. K., R. Bradshaw, E. T. Handy, C. East, E. Nyarko, P. D. Milner, D. Neher, T. Weicht, T. M. Bergholz, and M. Sharma. Survival and Growth of Wild-Type and rpoS-Deficient Salmonella Newport Strains in Soil Extracts Prepared with Heat-Treated Poultry Pellets. 2019. Journal of Food Protection 82(3):501-506.

Bergholz, T. M., M. K. Shah, L. S. Burall, M. Rakic Martinez, and A. Datta. Genomic and phenotypic diversity of Listeria monocytogenes clonal complexes associated with human listeriosis. 2018. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 102:3475-3485.