About the Editors

Robin C. McKellar is a senior research scientist who obtained a B.Sc. in biology and chemistry, an M.Sc. in microbiology from the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Ottawa. Dr. McKellar joined the Food Research Institute in Ottawa in 1979 to study the problem of psychrotrophic bacteria in milk. After the formation of the Centre for Food and Animal Research, he served as team leader of the Food Safety Team and initiated a research program on the control of food-borne pathogens. He relocated to Guelph in 1996, and now serves as program science advisor for Theme 410 (Food Safety), and research leader of the Food Preservation Technologies section at the Food Research Program. He has been actively involved in research in such areas as quality of dairy products; enzymatic and microbiological methods development; characterization of the virulence factors of food-borne pathogens; control of pathogens using antimicrobial agents; use of the electronic nose to monitor quality of foods and beverages; and mathematical modeling of pathogen survival and growth in foods. He is currently an adjunct professor with the Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, and has cosupervised several graduate students.

Xuewen Lu is an assistant professor of statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary, Canada. Before he joined the university, he was a research scientist in the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from 1997 to 1998, a biostatistician at the Food Research Program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and a Special Graduate Faculty member at the University of Guelph from 1998 to 2002. He is a member of the Statistical Society of Canada and the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety, University of Guelph. His main research areas are functional data analysis, survival analysis, and predictive microbiology. He has cosupervised several graduate students. He received his B.Sc. degree (1987) in mathematics from Hunan Normal University, China, M.Sc. degree (1990) in statistics from Peking University, China, and Ph.D. degree (1997) in statistics from the University of Guelph.

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