Dr. Vijay Juneja is a Lead Scientist (Microbiologist, GS-15) of a research project on Predictive Microbiology at the Eastern Regional Research Center, ARS, USDA, Wyndmoor, PA, USA. He received a degree in Veterinary Medicine from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India; M.S. in Animal Science and Ph. D. in Food Technology and Science, both from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Dr. Juneja is among the world’s leading authorities in food safety research. He has developed a nationally and internationally recognized research program on foodborne pathogens, with emphasis on microbiological safety of minimally processed foods and predictive microbiology. Dr. Juneja frequently organizes educational workshops/short courses/webinars on microbial modeling, specifically on the use of ARS Pathogen Modeling Program and ComBase by the food industry. His research program has been highly productive, generating over 300 publications, including over 170 peer-reviewed journal articles, 45 book chapters including ten in the Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology and is a co-editor of eight books and one Food Microbiology special issue entitled, ‘Predictive Modeling in Foods.’ He served as a co-editor of International Journal of Food Microbiology until December 2011 and as an Associate Editor for the ‘Food Microbiology Section’, of the Journal of Food Science from 2002 - 2007. Currently, he serves as an Editor of ‘LWT-Food Science and Technology’ and is a member of the editorial Boards of Journal of Food Protection, Foodborne Pathogens & Disease, International Journal of Food Microbiology, and Frontiers in Microbiology. Dr. Juneja has served in leadership positions in professional societies, notably as Chair, Interagency Botulism Research Coordinating Committee (IBRCC) meeting, Philadelphia (1998, 2008 and 2014); Chair, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Nonthermal Processing Division’s Workshop, Philadelphia (2005); and Co-chair, International Predictive Microbiology Conference, Washington, DC (2009). Vijay is recipient of several awards including the International Association for Food Protection’s (IAFP) Harry Haverland Citation Award (2015); NRI Welfare Society of India’s Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award (2014); IAFP Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Food Safety Award (2013); Gold Medalist, ‘Outstanding Mentor/Coach’, Federal Executive Board, Philadelphia (2013); Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Research and Development Award (2012); National Science Foundation (NSF) Food Safety Leadership Award for Research Advances (2012); Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Technology Transfer Award (2010); Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Atlantic Region – Excellence in Technology Transfer Award (2010); Professional Excellence Award (2009); IAFP Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award (2005); ARS-North Atlantic Area (NAA) Senior Research Scientist of the Year (2002); ARS-NAA Early Career Research Scientist of the Year (1998); and ARS - FSIS Cooperative Research Award (1998). Additionally, he is a Fellow of the IFT (2008); American Academy of Microbiology (2013); and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (India; 2017).