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Maf, Akier Assanta, D.V.M, Ph.D.

Scientist

Contact Information:

3600 Casavant Blvd W
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec J2S 8E3
Telephone: 450-768-7881
Fax: 450-768-7851
Email: akierassanta.mafu@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • study of the adhesion of pathogenic bacteria to surfaces and biofilm formation
  • development of strategies for controlling pathogens and food spoilage
  • microbiology, food safety, surface cleanliness and biosecurity
  • prevention of food contamination by controlling surface hygiene
  • development of natural antimicrobials and microbe resistance to disinfectants
  • study of the physico-chemical parameters of interface contamination
  • use of probiotics for interface biodecontamination
  • microbial ecology of white (poultry) and red meat products
  • evaluation of surface hygiene using molecular and microscopic techniques
  • international activities on food safety and biosecurity

Current Projects:

  • Effects of environmental conditions on the surface properties of micro-organisms and their capacity to adhere to surfaces
  • Control of food-borne pathogens in fruits and vegetables by bacterial competition and biological tools
  • Transfer of knowledge in food safety and processing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
  • Effects of probiotics on pathogenic micro-organisms attached to surfaces
  • Dynamic evaluation of interface biocontamination and biofilm formation

Affiliations:

  • Associate Professor, Université de Montréal, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Université Laval, Food Science and Nutrition
  • Guest Professor, (HACCP), ISTACHA, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Research publications

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2009

Other science related publications

2012

  • Raymond, P., Venne, P., Richard, M.-A., Deschênes, L., Lego, B., Paul, S., St-Germain, F., and Mafu, A.A. (2012). "IMS/MS based quantification of fullerenes spiked into model food matrices.", 60th American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 20-24, 2012.

2009

  • del Castillo, J.R.E., Mafu, A.A., Lafleur, S., Beaudry, F., Le Thanh, B.V., Scholl, D.T., Zouaoui, H., and Hildgen, P. (2009). "The monitoring of individual milk discard times with drug residue screening tests: An in vitro assessment with oxytetracycline.", 11th International Congress of the European Association for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Congress Center Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, July 12-16, 2009. (Presentation)
  • del Castillo, J.R.E., Mafu, A.A., Lafleur, S., Beaudry, F., Le Thanh, B.V., Scholl, D.T., Zouaoui, H., and Hildgen, P. (2009). "The monitoring of individual milk discard times with drug residue screening tests: An in vitro assessment with oxytetracycline.", Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 32(Suppl. 1), pp. 92-93. (Abstract)
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