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 Expert  725892

Expert in Microbial Contamination Issues

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Tennessee (TN)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert is an expert microbial investigator. He has 10 years of experience as a professional microbiology consultant in the commercial, residential and manufacturing sectors. His lab and team can perform diagnostics with microbial contaminates and manufacturing facilities.

He served as an expert in both mold litigation and microbial contamination cases. With his lab and experience he is able to work for many clients in regards to many different aspects.




indoor air quality


mold (fungus)


American Society for Testing and Materials testing


antimicrobial coating


mold (fungus) inhibitor


sick building syndrome


bacterial culture


culture medium


culture preservation


E. coli


gram-positive bacteria


Legionella pneumophila


Listeria monocytogenes








spore-forming bacterium

Expert has conducted on-site assessments of cosmetic manufacturing plants to identify sources of contamination for micro-sensitive product lines. He has helped companies implement sampling and contamination control SOPs into their quality systems and meet the QC specification of their clients. Products prone to contamination from environmental microbial reservoirs include, face creams, shampoos, sunscreen and body lotions.

Expert also specializes as a consultant to the Germ Free or Gnotobiotic industry in the capacity to identify source contamination, improve or develop quality systems and reduce break rate for a given product.


cosmetic product manufacturing


microbial risk assessment

Expert is experienced in the design of environmental microbiology laboratories. Previously, he has designed, hired personnel, purchased equipment and supplies, and managed two successful commercial-testing environmental microbiology laboratories. He has implemented ISO 17025 quality systems and successfully accredited laboratories under the American Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. He has over 10 years experience as a laboratory technical director and laboratory manager.

environmental laboratory


environmental laboratory management


environmental testing




microbiology laboratory

Expert has conducted extensive field research programs in both academic and commercial settings. Projects included monitoring of a variety of environmental soil and air properties and sample analysis.

environmental monitoring


environmental sampling

Expert has extensive training in fungal spore structure, identification and detection. He has been issued a patent for a novel fluorescent technology that uses a molecular probe to detect mold spores from dust and air samples.

fungal spore




mold (fungus) contamination


mold (fungus) detection


mold spore



Expert's masters research focused on the fungal genus Fusarium and population genetics and vectors of Fusarium moniliforme.

Fusarium moniliforme

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Knoxville, Tennessee;  Chattanooga, Tennessee;  Johnson City, Tennessee;  and Asheville, North Carolina.

Often requested
with this expert:

Mold, Industrial Hygiene, Indoor Air Quality, Toxins,...
Microbiology: Bacteria, Molds/ Fungi - Identification,...
Food Microbiology/ Rapid Methods
Aseptic Process Design, Airflow Visualization, HACCP, PAI...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1992   BS   Biological Sciences   California University of Pennsylvania   Magna Cum Laude
1996   MS   Plant Pathology   Iowa State University  
2002   PhD   Microbiology   Texas Tech University   Summa Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title  

2006 to





President/Technical Director


2005 to 2006







2003 to 2005


Microbial Insights, Inc



Laboratory Director


2002 to 2003


Texas Tech University


Wildlife Range and Fisheries




1998 to 2002


Texas Tech University


Biological Sciences


Graduate Research Assistantship


1996 to 1998


United States Department of Agriculture




Laboratory Analyst


1993 to 1996


Iowa State Univesity


Plant Pathology


Graduate Research Assistantship


1991 to 1993


California University of Pennsylvania


Biological Sciences


Undergraduate Research Assistantship


Career Accomplishments:


Professional Appointments

Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 1 patent, 15 publications and two future book chapters.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Taylor & Francis Group  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2009 to   U.S. ARMY   Supplier   Expert provides the US. Army with high quality spore suspensions of mold spores for research purposes.
2007 to   Department of Energy   Consultant   Expert serves as an investigative consulting to the DOE related to indoor air quality issues at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2010 to   NIOSH/CDC   Research   Expert serves as a research collaborator with NIOSH/CDC in order to bring rapid microbial detection technologies to the marketplace.
2008 to   USDA   Principle Investigator   Expert is a principle investigator on SBIR grants received from the USDA to build a commercial real-time formaldehyde detection system for the manufactured wood industry.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Identifying the source of microbial contamination in micro-sensitive cosmetic manufacturing plants and writing mitigation specifications.
  • Determining the period of time soft woods have been saturated with water indoors associated with rate of fungal decay and frequency of flooding events.
  • Evaluation of Binary Ionization Technology for reducing or elimination microbial contamination in indoor environments, food processing, crop storage and greenhouse production.
  • Identifiying the source of microbial contamination in pigmented inks used for printing.
  • Identifying the source of microbial induced corrosion in a nuclear holding tank and writing specifications to mitigate bioflims and correct the corrosion problem.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Processing.
  • Expert for consulting on Identify Source of Contamination in Gnotobiotic Isolators.
  • Smell expert for consulting on Carpet odor.
  • Expert for consulting on Mold on Packaging.
  • Expert in microbiology for consulting on the manufacturing equipment, design, environment and provide report on findings of potential risks.
  • FDA expert for consulting on FDA Product registration.
  • Expert for consulting on orange oil.
  • Expert for consulting on mold/salmonella.
  • Expert for consulting on Evaluation of contract medical device manufacturer.
  • Fungus resistance expert for consulting on Fungus Resistance.
  • Expert in Clean Room -Aseptic Packaging of Beer.
  • ELAP laboratory accreditation expert for consulting on lab accreditation in CA for 8260B.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has served on both the behalf of defendant and plaintiffs. He has spearheaded the scientific discovery phase of class action suits as a non-testifying consultant for both American and international companies. His ability to manage and identify key scientists and professionals to conduct research, review materials and testify on behalf of the client ensures a superior defense against alleged microbial causation. He has also provided written and trial testimony as an expert witness in environmental mold exposure suites. He has been engaged as an expert witness by pharmaceutical companies involved in lawsuits with microbial-contaminated products. He has served on behalf of plaintiffs to identify low level microbial contamination in FDA products approved for consumption.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Clean room testing expert for consulting on contamination issue.
  • Expert in logic boards and feedback for a plasma display panel international trade litigation case.
  • Expert for consulting on Evaluate and Value the loss of genetic material due to a Power outage.
  • Expert for consulting on crop damage following aerial spraying for litigation.
  • Expert for consulting on toxic tort involving mold.
  • Formaldehyde expert testimony for consulting.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2010 to 2010   England   Expert conducted research to evaluate and improve the efficacy of effusion lamps for a European company. The objective was to improve the effusion method and enhance efficacy against bacteria, mold, smoke, and allergens, while decreasing the overall concentration of volatile organic compounds produced by the product.
2003 to 2004   Sweden   Expert developed a rapid PCR based assay to detect keystone species of mold that are associated with indoor air quality issues in the region of Sweden that was to be serviced by a large inspection firm.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Chinese   Expert has limited skills in reading and speaking Mandarin Chinese. However, he employes Ms. Wu Jing who is fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin and serves as his interperter when required.

Market Research:
Expert has provide expert environmental microbial contamination consultation to FDA approved manufactures of medical tests. He has conducted on-site inspections for large cosmetic manufactures and pharama owned hatcheries. He has also provided laboratory-based development tools for Japanese manufactures of microbial detection systems; antimicrobial paint coatings, and a variety of novel antimicrobial technologies. He has conducted efficacy challenges for a variety of antimicrobial and antifungal products to be used in the indoor air quality industry.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has developed and currently teaches a Certified Mold Inspection course based on DNA detection technology. He also teaches various training courses throughout the year to industrial hygienists, school plant managers, safety personnel, and health care workers on issues of environmental microbiology.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has designed and supervised the construction of two microbiology laboratories. This includes sourcing vendors and suppliers for all equipment and consumables. In addition both laboratories operations and quality systems were designed to specifications of ISO 17025.

Other Skills and Services

Expert is a skilled microscopist and photographer. His microbial photos are used in a several taxonomic keys and published books. He is skilled in fluorescent chemistry specifally dealing with the detection of microorganisms. He is also a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at a major university.


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