Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Science
Dr. Yasser M. Sanad has been appointed assistant professor of food science and food safety for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Agriculture. In this position he will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including food safety, food microbiology, epidemiology and risk analysis.
In addition to teaching courses and advising students, Dr. Sanad will be responsible for conducting research in areas such as food safety, toxicology and value-added food products. He will also collaborate with local research laboratories, government agencies and businesses, and will work to procure funds for program support and student scholarships.
“Faculty, staff and students are very pleased to welcome Dr. Sanad to the department,” Dr. Obadiah Njue, chair of the Department of Agriculture, said. “His training and experience will contribute greatly to the strength of the teaching, research and Extension programs offered.”
Dr. Sanad has a doctorate degree in veterinary preventative medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University and a master’s degree in regulatory science from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He also earned a master’s degree in veterinary sciences and a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt.
Prior to this position, Dr. Sanad served as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at UAMS. In recent years, he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Division of Microbiology at the National Center for Toxicology Research and for the Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at Ohio State University.
Before pursuing doctoral studies in Ohio, Dr. Sanad served as a lecturer for the Department of Infectious Diseases, Division of Veterinary Medicine at the National Research Center in Cairo. From 1999 to 2004, he served as a veterinary officer for the Animal Reproduction Institute in Giza, Egypt, and in 1999 he worked as a veterinarian for the private poultry industry.
He has authored and co-authored around 50 scientific papers, manuscripts and journal articles. He currently serves as a peer reviewer and on the editorial and advisory boards for several scientific journals covering the fields of microbiology, biotechnology and veterinary sciences.
Dr. Sanad’s honors and awards include a reviewer recognition award from the Elsevier publishing company and a group recognition award from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014.
His professional memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, American Society for Microbiology, International Society for Infectious Diseases and International Food Protection Association.