Martin D’Agostino’s specialism and expertise include the investigation of transmission of enteric viruses through various supply chains, including norovirus and hepatitis A virus through the fresh and frozen produce supply chains and hepatitis E virus through the pork supply chain. Martin has been involved in several large EU Framework projects (EUFP 5, 6 and 7) involving the development of rapid molecular methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens, including projects related solely to methods for the detection of viruses both in environmental and food scenarios. He has extensive experience in organizing and conducting national and international multicentre collaborative trials to evaluate and validate molecular-based methods for a range of foodborne microorganisms. Martin worked for the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs for 22 years before joining CampdenBRI as Virology Manager in 2016, where he provides advice and consultancy on all foodborne virus-related issues to its members. During the past year, Martin has been called upon by the food industry to provide advice regarding the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its impact on food supply chains.
Live Q&A: Sterling Crew and Martin D’Agostino