As Research Group Leader Kari implements the vision and direction of Food Safety & Stability research activities in the Food Research Program. He contributes to research priority setting and planning, delivery of outputs, and outcomes and impact through mission-directed, multi-disciplinary and collaborative science. Kari is focused on impact, science capability, and people leadership; and supports the Research Director in management of the Food Research Program’s portfolio of projects; monitoring milestone & financial performance, infrastructure and other assets.
Kari is also the Site Leader for CSIRO’s Food Innovation Centre at Werribee. In this role he provides local leadership for staff on site and represents CSIRO in the local region. As Site Leader he has a major role in oversight of Health, Safety & Environment, Facilities & Security, Emergency Management and Site Operations in collaboration with enterprise HSE, CBIS and aligned Research Operations Manager(s).
Kari’s personal research activities are directed to understand how bacterial pathogens in the foodchain acquire and maintain the genetic components which define their pathogenicity. This research is focused in the study of virulence gene-carrying bacteriophages of pathogenic E. coli and the functional genomics of foodborne pathogens. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences.
Kari graduated with a PhD in Bacterial Genetics from the University of Qld in 1989. Following graduation, he completed Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the University of Maryland and at the University of Qld before joining CSIRO as a research Scientist in 1991. Kari has previously served as Deputy Director and Science Program Manager of the Australian Food Safety Centre of Excellence (2006-7) and in a variety of senior research leadership roles in CSIRO.
Research Group Leader
Food Safety & Stability
Food Innovation Centre - Werribee
MSc Genetic Counseling