Maria received her BS from The Pennsylvania State University (1995) and PhD from The University of California, Berkeley (2002). Her thesis work under the supervision of Professor Steven E. Lindow led to the identification of plant-inducible genes of the plant pathogen and epiphyte Pseudomonas syringae. Her post-doc was performed with Professor Michiel Kleerebezem at the Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences (now TI Food & Nutrition) in Wageningen, The Netherlands. For her post-doctoral studies she investigated the molecular adaptations of probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum for growth in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract. Maria was is now an Associate Professor in the Food Science & Technology Department at The University of California, Davis. She is a member of the UC Davis Food Science Graduate Group (FSGG), Viticulture & Enology Graduate Program, and the Microbiology Graduate Group (MGG).
FST104 Food Microbiology
FST204 Advanced Food Microbiology
FST298 Participatory Seminar on Food & Gut Microbiology
MIB201L Advanced Microbiology Laboratory Rotation