Michael Appell joined USDA-ARS, NCAUR in 2002. After earning a B.S. in Biochemistry from UIC and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, Dr. Appell conducted NIDA supported postdoctoral research in the field of molecular pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Appell’s current research is in food safety. Food safety is important for supporting public health and reducing foodborne illness. Occasionally, agricultural commodities can be contaminated with fungi capable of producing toxins, known as mycotoxins. The objective of our research is to find new ways to detect and reduce exposure to mycotoxins in food and beverages. The research addresses the limitations of existing methods to detect toxins in popular commodities, such as corn, coffee, and fruit juices. The technology developed uses a combination of analytical chemistry, predictive modeling, and materials science.
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Improved Analytical Technologies for Detection of Foodborne Toxins and Their Metabolites In-House Appropriated (D) Accession Number:438643