Donald W. Schaffner, Ph. D.

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Dr. Donald W. Schaffner is Extension Specialist in Food Science and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. His research interests include quantitative microbial risk assessment and predictive food microbiology.  Dr. Schaffner has authored more than 125 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and abstracts.  He has been the recipient of more than $7 million in grants and contracts, largely in the form of competitive national grants. Dr. Schaffner has educated thousands of Food Industry professionals through numerous short courses and workshops in the United States and more than a dozen countries around the world. Dr. Schaffner was awarded the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Elmer Marth Educator Award in 2009 for outstanding service to the public and IAFP in the area food safety and food protection education.  He also received the Sustained Research and Impact Award in 2008 from the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and NJ Agricultural Experiment Station in recognition of research and scholarship that has provided significant contributions to his profession, and contributions that have had direct measurable impact on the communities he serves.

Dr. Schaffner has served on a variety of national and international expert committees, including service to US National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and US National Advisory Committee on Microbial Criteria for Foods (NACMCF).  Dr. Schaffner is active in several scientific or associations including the IAFP, IFT, the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and the Conference for Food Protection (CFP).   Dr. Schaffner was elected a Fellow of the IFT in 2010, and of the American Academy for Microbiology in 2014.  He served as an editor for the ASM journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology from 2005-2015.  Dr. Schaffner was elected the Secretary of the IAFP in 2010, a five-year commitment including his service as the President of the organization in 2013-2014.  He is the co-host of a podcast on microbial food safety at  He holds a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia.