The Auburn University Food Systems Institute will be moving to space in the new Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce building, located in the Auburn Research Park.
The move will place AUFSI in the same building as a proposed new food safety cluster, which will include a Level 2 processing facility built according to USDA and FDA processing facility specifications. The lab will be utilized by meat, poultry, and food scientists.
A second lab in the proposed cluster will be used for testing and detecting foodborne pathogens and analyzing food products. The lab will perform standard culturing and analyses of foodborne pathogens using the same subtyping procedures used by the Centers for Disease Control to track index strains. Biosensors developed by researchers with the AU Detection and Food Safety Center would be used to detect pathogens, allergens, and other contaminants.
A third lab in the cluster will meet both the engineering and microbial requirements needed to support Auburn’s research into food traceability—the ability to trace the history, application, or location of a food product.
The new location will keep AUFSI close to the Auburn Business Incubator, which will be important as AUFSI’s Virtual Food Entrepreneur Initiative is developed.
AUFSI hopes to offer rotating office space for core faculty as part of plans for mentoring new faculty and offering leadership development opportunities to established faculty. Click here and check back for more information about the forthcoming CASIC building.