Richard is a doctoral student in the Microbiology Program at the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. He earned his B.A. in microbiology at the University of Arizona and has worked as a research technician in Dr. Sadhana Ravishankar’s food safety lab since graduation. He is also the chair of the Youth Professional Development Subcommittee of the Food Safety Consortium and a member of the UA Food Science Club. His research focuses on the transfer of foodborne pathogens from soil onto melon rinds and the use of non-traditional sources of water treated with ozone in agriculture. Richard hopes that his research will create a safer farm to fork journey. He enjoys playing video games, listening to podcasts, and cooking.