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Alya  Limayem

Alya Limayem

Alya Limayem
Research Assistant Professor


Office: BSF 211
Phone: 813/974-7404
Lab: BSF 261 & 263


  • 2008 - 2012:

    • Ph.D. in Food Science
      • University of Arkansas, USA
      • Dissertation Title: Biological Strategies and Mathematical Approaches for Limiting Bacterial Contaminants and Chemical Pollutants in Bioethanol Fermentations
      • Microbial Risk Assessment, (CAMRA Certification) Michigan State University, USA

    1998 - 2000:

      • Master of Business Administration in Management (MBA)
        • Laval University, Quebec, CA

    1992 - 1997:

      • Engineer in Industrial Microbiology and Food Technology
        • National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), FR
        • Ecole Supérieur Des Industries Alimentaires (ESIAT), TN.
        • Thesis Title: “The effect of Leuconostoc mesenteroides bacteria on semi soft milk cheese on flavor and texture during ripening and fermentation process
      • Research

        Industrial Microbiology/Biosafety/ Risk analysis/Molecular/
        With the exponential increase of global population, along with exhaustion of worldwide natural resources and widespread disease, food and water safety have become of prime concern to researchers to explore preventive measures to protect public health from microbial contaminants and ensure the environmental biosafety over the entire world. Additionally, biotechnology for biofuel and genetic tailoring are also emerging as a replacement for energy and the depleting natural resource to respond to the world population increasing demands despite potential adverse effects. Thus, greater risk control would be performed to protect the ecosystem to face unforeseen outcomes from the imperative growth and industrial development.  Risk Assessment is a promising point-in-care approach, performed via software statistical tool in conjunction with the federal agencies approved molecular biology techniques, would offer a transparent vision and estimation of most inputs and outputs.  This qualitative and quantitative risk estimate is essential to further protect the environment and public health from microbial or genetic hazard in today’s challenging globe expansion and secure bioenergy sustainability.