Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Assistant Professor

Primary Affiliation: UT FST
Expertise: Microbiological Food Safety and Food Antimicrobials

Professional Preparation

B.S. Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2001

B.S. Food Science & Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2003

M.S. Food Science & Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2004

PhD. Food Science & Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2008



2011 - Present. Assistant Professor; Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

2010 - 2011. Exploratory Research; working with Bush Brothers & Company, Knoxville, TN.

2010-Present. Adjunct Assistant Professor; Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Goergia, Athens, GA.

2008-2010. Assistant Professor; Center for Food Safety and Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Georgia, Griffin, GA.


Critzer, FJ, D D’Souza, AM Saxton, DA Golden. 2010.  Increased Transcription of the Phosphate Specific Transport (Pst) System of Escherichia coli O157:H7 After Exposure to Sodium Benzoate.  J. Food Prot73(5): 819-824.

Critzer, FJ and MP Doyle.  2010.  Microbial Ecology of Foodborne Pathogens Associated with Produce.  Curr. Opin. Biotechnol.21(2): 125-130.
Erickson, M., F. Critzer, M. Doyle.  2010.  Composting criteria for animal manure.  Issue Brief Pew Charitable Trusts Produce Safety Project.

D'Souza DH, Critzer FJ, Golden DA.  2009.  Real-Time Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction for the Rapid Detection of Salmonella Using invA Primers. Foodborne Path. Dis. 6:1097-1106.

D.H. D’Souza, and D.A. Golden.  2008.  Transcription analysis of stx1, marA, and eaeA genes in Escherichia coli O157:H7 treated with sodium benzoate.  J. Food Prot. 71(7): 1469-1474.

Pedigo, A.S., F.J. Critzer, and D.A. Golden. 2007. Inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in apple juice as affected by cranberry juice concentration and holding temperature. Food Prot. Trends 27(12): 952-956.

Critzer, F.J., K. Kelly-Wintenberg, S. South, J.R. Roth, and D.A. Golden. 2007. Atmospheric plasma inactivation of foodborne pathogens on fresh produce surfaces. J. Food Prot. 70(10): 2290-2296.

Kayes, M.M., F.J. Critzer, K. Kelly-Wintenberg, J.R. Roth, T.C. Montie, and D.A. Golden. 2006. Inactivation of foodborne pathogens using a one atmosphere uniform glow discharge plasma. Foodborne Path. Dis. 4(1):50-59.

Book Chapters

Davidson, P.M. and F.J. Critzer.  2012.  Interventions to Inhibit or Inactivate Bacterial Pathogens in Foods, p189-202. In O.A. Oyarzabal and S. Backert (eds.) Microbial Food Safety An Introduction.  Springer, New York, NY.

Professional Activities and Memberships

Editorial Board

  • Food Protection Trends
  • Journal of Food Protection

Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Food Control
  • Journal of Food Science
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • LWT-Food Science


  • International Association for Food Protection
  • Institute of Food Technologists

Grants and Contracts

University of Tennessee AgResearch Innovation Grant. Adaption of Salmonella to Low Water Activity Foods. $10,000. 3/2012-2/2013




Contact Dr. Critzer

203 Food Science & Technology Building
2510 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4539
Phone: (865) 974-7274
Fax: (865) 974-7332