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Faculty Profile

Tom Denes

Assistant Professor

Food Safety


Food Safety and Processing Bldg.
2600 River Dr.
RM 105
Knoxville, TN 37996



Ph.D., Cornell University
B.S., Evergreen State College

Interest Areas and Research

My research focuses on improving our understanding of bacterial foodborne pathogens to improve the safety of food for both the developed and developing world. Goals in my lab are to generate information that will (i) improve bacteriophage-based biocontrol and detection applications in food safety, (ii) improve our understanding of the ecology and evolution of bacterial foodborne pathogens, and (iii) improve our understanding of how the physiological state of bacterial foodborne pathogens affects their susceptibility to control interventions.

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Selected Publications

Trudelle, Danielle M., et al. “Cross-resistance to phage infection in Listeria monocytogenes serotype 1/2a mutants.” Food Microbiology (2019).

Rivera, D├ícil, et al. “Two Phages of the Genera Felixounavirus Subjected to 12 Hour Challenge on Salmonella Infantis Showed Distinct Genotypic and Phenotypic Changes.” Viruses 11.7 (2019): 586.

Tokman, Jeffrey I., et al. “Temperature significantly affects the plaquing and adsorption efficiencies of Listeria phages.” Frontiers in microbiology 7 (2016): 631.

Denes, Thomas, et al. “Selection and characterization of phage-resistant mutant strains of Listeria monocytogenes reveal host genes linked to phage adsorption.” Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 81.13 (2015): 4295-4305.

Denes, Thomas, et al. “Comparative genomic and morphological analyses of Listeria phages isolated from farm environments.” Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 80.15 (2014): 4616-4625.

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