Dr. Juliana Ruzante is an expert in food safety and public health. She manages and provides technical advice to several projects in food safety and antimicrobial resistance. She works closely with the U.S. federal government and others to support the development of evidence-based policies and practices to prevent foodborne illness from farm to fork. Her expertise were instrumental in RTI’s work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, especially the effort to modernize the nation’s food safety regulations.
Dr. Ruzante came to RTI in 2014 from the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she managed a comprehensive research plan on the safety of meat and poultry and served as food safety advisor. She also managed a food safety risk analysis program at the University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Dr. Ruzante has served on multiple advisory committees for the National Academies of Science, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the School of Public Health at San Diego State University, and is a member of the International Association of Food Protection.