Dr. Kidon Sung earned his Ph.D. in food safety from the University of Georgia, USA, in 2002. He studied a reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction assay to detect viable Campylobacter jejuni, one of major foodborne pathogens during his graduate school. Then, Dr. Sung joined the Division of Microbiology, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), FDA, Jefferson, AR, as a postdoctoral research fellow and have worked as a microbiologist in the same division since 2006. His research program is focused on food safety, antibiotic resistance, and biodefense issues that have direct impact on developing FDA’s regulatory policies and safe guarding public health in the U.S. Dr. Sung received a FDA Group Recognition Award as a member of the NCTR Food Safety and Bio-defense Team because his research team provided critical data to the Department of Homeland Security, USDA, and FDA on the growth and survivability of Bacillus anthracis, one of the most dangerous pathogens in high risk food matrices. Furthermore, his research was recognized by a FDA Excellence in Laboratory Science Group Award for exceptional group performance and outstanding dedication in supporting the scientific mission of the FDA through the research on antimicrobial resistance and whole genome sequencing data analysis. His research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and presentations in national and international academic meetings. Currently, Dr. Sung is an active member of the American Society for Microbiology and the International Association of Food Protection.