Shirley Micallef
Assistant Professor (Plant Science & Landscape Architecture), Joint Appointment Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3), Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH)
Affiliate in MIAEH
Campus: UMD | Building: 2126 Plant Sciences Building
Phone: 301-405-2497 |

Dr. Micallef is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. Her main interests include the microbial ecology of bacteria in soil and how microorganisms interact with plants. Her current research is focusing on food safety of fruits and vegetables, specifically looking at Salmonella on pre-harvest tomatoes and using bacterial models to investigate possible means of contamination of crops with human pathogens residing in the environment.

Education and Training

Ph.D., Microbial Ecology, University of Massachusetts- Boston M.Sc., Plant Biology, University of Malta B.Sc., Biology and Chemistry, University of Malta


PLSC 115 How Safe is Your Salad? The Microbiological Safety of Fresh Produce PLSC 489 Microbiology of Agricultural Systems