Dr. Ilic is an Assistant Professor in Human Nutrition, Department of Human Sciences at the Ohio State University and Food Safety State Specialist. The focus of her research interest is investigating and promoting food safety, reduction and prevention of food safety risks among consumers, food handlers and populations at risk including populations with chronic diseases. Of special interest is microbial safety of fresh fruits and vegetables including. She works with STEC, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., etc. Dr. Ilic investigates transmission and dissemination routes, and interventions to prevent and reduce risks of contamination of fresh produce and other foods within the food systems approach. Dr. Ilic investigated food safety behaviors with the goal of determining the barriers to food safety interventions. She uses formal knowledge translation to move research knowledge into practice. Her research provides novel food safety interventions to control and eliminate foodborne pathogens and innovative approaches of knowledge transfer targeting specific populations with an overall goal of improving health and wellness. Dr. Ilic teaches Food Safety and Foods in Different Cultures.
- Microbial food safety
- Transmission, dissemination and proliferation of bacterial pathogens
- Consumer and food handlers food safety behaviors
- Food safety behavior and dietary pattern of cancer patients
- Food safety behavior and dietary patterns among people with disabilities
- Food safety and nutritional consequences of raw milk consumption
- Food safety education