Name: Eric Johnson

Country: United States


Food Research Institute.

Phone no: (608) 263-7944, (608) 263-9263.

Email: Send an Email


6303 Microbial Sciences Building.

Research Interests:

Clostridium botulinum and its toxins, food and industrial microbiology.



  • B. S. 1976 University of California, Davis
  • M. S. 1978 University of California, Davis
  • Sc. D. 1983 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Postdoctoral Research: Harvard Medical School

Research Overview:

  • Interspecies transfer of the gene coding for botulinum toxins.
  • Regulation of expression of botulinum toxins.
  • Purification, stabilization, and characterization of botulinum toxins.
  • Development of botulinum toxin as a pharmaceutical.
  • Behavior and control of Clostridium botulinum in foods.
  • Assessment of the safety of new food processing procedures, e.g., modified atmosphere packaging, on safety from botulism.
  • Characterization and application in foods of naturally occurring antimicrobials, including lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin, monoglycerides, polyacetylenes, lysozyme, and other lytic enzymes.
  • Behavior and control of Listeria monocytogenes in foods.
  • Control of pathogens in reduced fat cheeses.