From Personal Tragedy to Worldwide Mission

Kowalcyk Family

After losing her young son to a foodborne illness, Barbara Kowalcyk, an assistant professor of food science and technology in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has focused her work primarily on foodborne illness prevention in the United States.

However, she recently received a $3.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.K. Department for International Development to improve the safety of food in Ethiopia, where people commonly drink unpasteurized milk and eat raw meat.  For more on this inspiring story, read on.