Sarah Murphy is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, working under the guidance of Dr. Martin Wiedmann and Dr. Renata Ivanek. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Sarah received her B.S. in Biological Chemistry from Bates College in 2014. Sarah comes with a background in the dairy industry, having worked for over 2 years in quality assurance at Darigold in Bozeman, Montana prior to attending graduate school. Her Ph.D. research is focused on expanding knowledge of microbial dynamics in food systems, in order to develop evidence-based practices that promote lasting impacts to food quality and safety throughout the supply chain. In addition to her research, Sarah is involved in the Cornell Dairy Foods Extension program, having administered several trainings and on-site consulting to dairy processors in the last 3 years.