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Emerging Pathogens Institute member Arie Havelaar joined the Univeristy of Florida in fall of 2014. He brings international knowledge on risk assessment of infectious diseases and food safety.His research covers the broad field of public health aspects of pathogens in food and the environment, and the effectiveness of preventive measures. Currently, his attention is mainly focused on development and application of microbiological risk assessment and the burden of foodborne illness. He is (co-) author of more that 100 scientific publications, several books and numerous scientific reports.

Hired under the UF Preeminence Plan, Havelaar is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) food hub. Havelaar joins more than 120 nationally recognized faculty members with expertise in those focus areas who will work to improve lives around the world.

Havelaar graduated in Chemical Engineering with specialization in Technical Microbiology (with honours) at the Delft University of Technology. He obtained his PhD at Utrecht University (Bacteriophages as virus models in water treatment) and also obtained an MSc in Epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences (Erasmus University, Rotterdam).

Arie Havelaar is deputy head of the Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. He also holds a chair in Microbial Risk Assessment at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Arie Havelaar is director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Risk Assessment of Pathogens in Food and Water at RIVM. Within Med-Vet-Net, he is active as Institute Representative and Work Package leader in the Risk Research thematic area. He is a member of the Biohazards Panel of the European Food Safety Authority and has chaired the Scientific Committee of CHRO 2007 (Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2-5 September 2007). His contributions to microbiology were honoured by election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and he was awarded the German Rudolf Schülke Hygiene Preis.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Florida