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Balamurugan, Sampathkumar, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

93 Stone Road West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5C9
Telephone: 226-217-8091
Fax: 519-829-2600
Email: sampathkumar.balamurugan@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • food safety and processing - 410
  • meat microbiology
  • survival of campylobacters and helicobacters in meats under different packaging conditions and storage temperatures; understand survival mechanisms of campylobacter like organisms (CLO) and other food borne pathogens on meats using proteomic and genomic technologies; understand factors involved in the induction and control of blownpack spoilage of vacuum packaged meat by psychrotolerant clostridia

Current Projects:

  • Survival of campylobacter like organisms (CLO) in the presence of natural microflora on meats and meat processing environments
  • Control of clostridial, blown pack spoilage of vacuum packaged beef

Affiliations:

  • International Association of Food Protection
  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists

Research publications

2010

2009

Other science related publications

2016

  • De Souza, J., Barbut, S., and Balamurugan, S. (2016). "Reduction of E. coli O157:H7 in dry fermented salami based on diameter size, fat content and starter cultures.", Annual meeting of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Burnaby, BC, Canada, February 22-23, 2016. (Poster)
  • Guild, B., Radford, D., Balamurugan, S., and Lim, L.-T. (2016). "Antimicrobial xanthan gum coating of felix-01 bacteriophage on poly-(lactic acid) film.", Annual meeting of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Burnaby, BC, Canada, February 22-23, 2016. (Poster)

2015

  • Balamurugan, S., Ahmed, R., Gao, A., Koutchma, T., and Strange, P. (2015). "Effect of salt concentrations on the high pressure inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes.", Annual meeting of the International Association of Food Protection, Portland, OR, USA, July 28, 2015, Invited oral presentation.
  • Balamurugan, S., Ahmed, R., Gao, A., and Strange, P. (2015). "Survival of non-O157 STEC and E. coli O157:H7 during the manufacture of dry fermented sausages (DFS).", Annual Meeting of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP 2015), Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, USA, July 26-29, 2015.
  • Balamurugan, S., Leon-Velarde, C.G., and Saleh-Lakha, S. (2015). "Fate of Salmonella spp., E. Coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes during the manufacture of dry cured Westphalian style ham.", Annual Meeting of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP 2015), Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, USA, July 26-29, 2015.

2014

  • Wang, Q., Kostrzynska, M., Gong, J., Balamurugan, S., Miller, S., Cui, S.W., and Bach, S.J. (2014). Investigation of the use of bacteriophages in combination with probiotics for the control of Salmonella infection in food-producing animals. Research Project Annual Report. AAFC Project ID J-000234. (Report)

2013

  • Ahmed, R., Gao, A., and Balamurugan, S. (2013). "Growth and inactivation of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli under conditions relevant for fermented sausages.", 11th OMAFRA Food Safety Research Forum, Guelph, ON, Canada.
  • Chibeu, A., Agius, L., Gao, A., Sabour, P.M., Kropinski, A.M., and Balamurugan, S. (2013). "Effectiveness of bacteriophage Listex™ P100 combined with chemical antimicrobials in reducing Listeria monocytogenes on roast beef and cooked turkey.", 20th Biennial Evergreen International Phage Meeting, Olympia, WA, USA.
  • Chibeu, A., Agius, L., Sabour, P.M., Kropinski, A.M., and Balamurugan, S. (2013). "Efficacy of bacteriophage Listex™ P100 in presence of chemical antimicrobials reducing Listeria monocytogenes on roast beef and cooked turkey.", 11th OMAFRA Food Safety Research Forum, Guelph, ON, Canada.

2012

  • Bakhshi, F., Griffith, M., Balamurugan, S., and Sabour, P.M. (2012). "2-D PAGE identification of g bovine whey proteins inhibiting Staphylococcus aureus and bacteriophage K interaction.", 10th OMAFRA Food Safety Research Forum, Guelph, ON, Canada.
  • Balamurugan, S. and Ahmed, R. (2012). "Survival of Arcobacter butzleri on sterile and naturally contaminated vacuum packed beef at refrigerated temperatures.", Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology 50th National Conference (CIFST), Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, May 27 – 29, 2012.

2011

  • Balamurugan, S. (2011). "Growth temperature associated protein expression and membrane fatty acid composition profiles of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium [Journal of Basic Microbiology, 2010 50(6), pp. 507-518] (Erratum).", Journal of Basic Microbiology, 51(2), pp. 230.
  • Balamurugan, S. and Ponmariappan, S. (2011). "Oxygen tolerance of Arcobacter butzleri and its effect on protein expression.", 61st Annual Conference of Canadian Society of Microbiologists, St. John’s, NL, Canada, June 20-23, 2011.
  • Balamurugan, S., Ponmariappan, S., Du, T., and Mulvey, M. (2011). "Detection and characterization of Clostridium difficile spores in a beef cattle feedlot operation.", 61st Annual Conference of Canadian Society of Microbiologists, St. John’s, NL, Canada, June 20-23, 2011.

2010

  • Balamurugan, S. and Baker, L.P. (2010). "Survival of Arcobacter butzleri on vacuum packaged beef stored under refrigerated temperatures.", 97th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Food Protection, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA, August 1-4, 2010.
  • Ponmariappan, S., Yang, X.Q., and Balamurugan, S. (2010). "PCR-DGGE based characterization of microbial diversity in “Blown pack” spoiled vacuum packaged chill stored beef.", 90th Annual Conference of the Canadian Meat Council, Fairmont Empress Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 5-7, 2010.
  • Ponmariappan, S., Yang, X.Q., and Balamurugan, S. (2010). "PCR-DGGE based characterization of microbial diversity in “blown pack” spoiled vacuum packaged chill stored beef.", 90th Annual Conference of the Canadian Meat Council, Fairmont Empress Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 5-7, 2010.

2009

  • Balamurugan, S. (2009). "Substrate utilization by Clostridium estertheticum, the causative organism of blown pack spoilage of vacuum packaged chill stored beef.", Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter, 2009(Spring/Summer), pp. 17-18.
  • Ponmariappan, S. and Balamurugan, S. (2009). "Prevalence of toxigenic Clostridium difficile in beef cattle feedlots.", 13th Annual Federal Food Safety and Nutrition Research Meeting (FFSNRM), Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 4-5, 2009.
  • Yang, X.Q., Balamurugan, S., and Gill, C.O. (2009). "Effects of the initial numbers of Clostridium estertheticum and Leuconostoc on rates of distension of vacuum packs of beef.", 13th Annual Federal Food Safety and Nutrition Research Meeting (FFSNRM), Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 4-5, 2009.
  • Yang, X.Q., Balamurugan, S., and Gill, C.O. (2009). "Quantification of spores of Clostridium estertheticum by real-time PCR.", 13th Annual Federal Food Safety and Nutrition Research Meeting (FFSNRM), Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 4-5, 2009.
  • Yang, X.Q., Gill, C.O., and Balamurugan, S. (2009). "Criteria that differentiate subspecies of Clostridium estertheticum are not valid.", 89th Annual Conference of the Canadian Meat Council, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, QC, Canada, May 6-8, 2009.
  • Yang, X.Q., Gill, C.O., and Balamurugan, S. (2009). "Effects of temperature and pH on organisms from the spoilage flora of blown vacuum packs of beef.", 89th Annual Conference of the Canadian Meat Council, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, QC, Canada, May 6-8, 2009.
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