Dr. Maria Hoffmann is a Research Genomics Microbiologist at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Regulatory Science, Division of Microbiology. Dr. Hoffmann is a highly regarded scientist with expertise in the field of public health microbiology, foodborne infectious diseases and the evolution and genetics of human foodborne pathogens. Her focus is to develop and apply microbiological and molecular genetic strategies for detecting, identifying and differentiating bacterial foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Vibrio and Escherichia coli. She works primarily on next-generation sequencing projects to show how whole genome sequencing is important in source tracking of foodborne contamination events and she applies third-generation sequence technology to completely close bacterial genomes and their plasmids.
Dr. Hoffmann received her master’s degree in food chemistry from the University of Hamburg in 2007 and her Ph.D. in microbial evolution/systematics/population genetics from the University in Hamburg in 2012. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine and at the University of Maryland. She has co-authored more than 30 refereed publications and book chapters on the molecular differentiation and evolutionary genetics of human foodborne pathogens.