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Ryan Blaustein

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Nutrition & Food Science 3305 Marie Mount Hall 7814 Regents Drive College Park, MD 20742-7521


  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microbial genomics
  • Food Safety


  • Ph.D., Microbial Ecology. University of Florida (2017)
  • M.S., Environmental Microbiology. University of Maryland, College Park (2014)
  • B.S., Biology. University of Maryland, College Park (2011)

Additional Training

Postdoctoral Fellow. NIH-NHGRI, Microbial Genomics Section (2020-2022)

Postdoctoral Fellow. Northwestern University (2017-2020)

Research Associate. USDA-ARS Environmental Microbial Food Safety Laboratory (2011-2015)



USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food research Initiative (AFRI). Data science for food and agricultural systems: Towards the biogeography of foodborne pathogen genomic diversity (role: PI; Aug 2023 - Jul 2025).

Maryland State Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) Competitive Grants Program (CGP) FY 2023-2024. Towards a microbiome-based strategy to promote soil health and food safety on urban farms (role: PI; Feb 2023 - Jun 2024).

NUCATS NIH-TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health. Combined effects of chemotherapy and antibiotics on the intestinal microbiome in children (role: PI; Mar 2018 - Mar 2020)

Academic Responsibilities

50% Research, 50% Teaching


-NFSC434: Food Microbiology Laboratory

-NFSC430: Food Microbiology (begin 2024)