Maren Anderson

(919) 491-0807
Elfland, NC

Dr. Anderson conducts research for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has more than 9 years of experience in conducting microbial risk assessments for food safety issues. Dr. Anderson has worked as a technical lead for several task orders for the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Risk Assessment Support, including the development of the P3ARRT (Pathogen-Produce Pair Attribution Risk Ranking Tool) to prioritize pathogen and fresh produce commodity pairs for risk assessment based on epidemiological, health, and commodity-based criteria. Dr. Anderson also expanded this tool to cover all FDA-regulated products for a module (iRank) and compiled the data for the Food-Safety Risk Information Management System (FS-RIMS) database that are part of an integrated decision support system (iDeSS) for food safety management. Dr. Anderson validated the iRISK food safety model that evaluates the risk associated with hazard-food combinations by generating a disability-adjusted life years (DALY) value based on food, hazard, processing, consumption, dose-response, and health effects data. Dr. Anderson also expanded the iRISK data library to ensure representatives from each of the FDA’s 28 reportable food registry (RFR) commodity categories are built into the model that are associated with chemical and microbial hazards.  Dr. Anderson developed the data for a relative risk ranking model to aid the FDA in determining high-risk foods that require further product tracing, and updated the model with the latest published information and improvements based on public comments to the model approach. Dr. Anderson is currently serving as a food safety microbiologist on the Norovirus Research Collaborative, a five-year, 25M research grant charged with reducing the burden of diseases caused by human norovirus.