Elisabetta Lambertini is a public health research engineer specializing in pathogen risk assessment and mitigation in water and food systems. With a background in environmental engineering, Dr. Lambertini has more than 10 years of combined expertise in microbial water quality, food safety, risk models, predictive microbiology, food processing and municipal water engineering, and infectious disease ecology. Her current research interests include fate and transport of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and virulence genetic elements in food growing and processing environments, AMR mitigation in animal agriculture, spatially-explicit models of pathogen transport and risk, and resilience in water and sanitation health (WASH) and food safety infrastructure.
She has led research projects focused on the ecology of E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, as well as viral and protozoan water- and food-borne pathogens, developed farm-to-fork and ingredient-to-consumer risk models to assess health risks in complex food supply chains, and led predictive microbiology studies of bacterial dynamics.
Prior to joining RTI, she served as a research faculty at the University of Maryland, and was a postdoctoral researcher in food science and technology at the University of California - Davis.