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Lise Korsten
University of Pretoria

Lise Korsten is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of Pretoria. Her research has been published in 77 international peer-reviewed papers and 110 industry publications.

She also has been involved in research that resulted in two patents. Thus far 45 Masters’ and PhD students have completed their studies under her guidance.  She has also been actively involved in presenting research work at local and international congresses and has offered several specialists short courses for the industry in Good Agricultural Practices, Food Safety, Globalgap, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and risk assessment.

Prof Korsten is currently a technical assessor for the South African National Accreditation Systems for Globalgap, ISO 22000, British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification bodies. Six of her laboratories have been ISO 17025 accredited between 2002 – 2008 for several test methods that include microbiological testing for foodborne pathogens, enumerating and testing biocontrol products and PCR for phytosanitary purposes for detecting fungal or bacterial plant pathogens.

Prof Korsten is currently head of the thematic focus area Food Safety, Biosecurity, Public Health and Regulatory Control within the University of Pretoria, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Well-Being. She is also a board member of the National Laboratory Association of South Africa and the Postharvest Innovation programme of the Department of Science and Technology and the Fresh Produce Exporters Forum.