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Jeanine Boulter-Bitzer

Sessional - UNIV*3140, Winter 2021


Dr. Jeanine Boulter-Bitzer completed her M.Sc. and her Ph.D. at the University of Guelph in the area of microbiology, parasitology and molecular biology. She also has a Master of Public Health focussing on Epidemiology, completing her practicum project with the Public Health Agency of Canada. Jeanine has a Professional Studies Degree in Food Safety Risk Assessment from the University of Maryland. She has worked at Laboratory Services/Agriculture and Food Laboratory, University of Guelph in the area of food and water microbiology testing and with the Ontario Clean Water Agency in water and wastewater treatment and training. At the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeanine currently works as the Microbial Analyst in the Food Safety Science Unit in the Food Inspection Branch and also has worked as a Research Analyst in the Research & Innovation Branch with the Food Safety Research Program. She also has completed a number of teaching assignments with the University of Guelph and University of Western Ontario; she also has Graduate Faculty status at the University of Guelph and has supervised students for their Masters' degree program.


'The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'

-Isaac Asimov

Teaching Interests:

Agriculture, Agri-Food, Microbiology, Food Safety, Food Processing

Featured Publications:

Boulter-Bitzer, J.I. 2017. A comparative study of enumeration methods for Listeria monocytogenes on naturally contaminated RTE foods. International Association of Food Protection conference, Tampa, FL, July 2017.

Boulter-Bitzer, J.I. 2016. Comparison of Microbiological Characteristics of Chill Tank Water and Carcasses Treated with Chlorine or Peroxyacetic Acid Antimicrobials Applied During Poultry Processing. American Society of Microbiology conference, Microbe 2016, Boston, MA, June 2016.

Sproston, E.L., Carrillo, C., Boulter-Bitzer, J. 2014. The recovery of Campylobacter from raw poultry using three different methods used by USDA and Health Canada. Food Microbiology. 2014 Dec;44:258-63.

Boulter-Bitzer, J. I., Downing, G.  Microbiological Baseline Survey of Broiler Chicken in Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Poultry Baseline Results, Meeting: 63rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Conference, 6/17/2013 - 6/20/2013, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Boulter-Bitzer, J. I., Lee, H., and Trevors, J.T.  Evaluation of anti-S16 and anti-P23 single-chain variable fragment (scFv) antibodies to block infection of Cryptosporidium parvum in a mammalian cell culture system.  International Journal of Parasitology, under review.

Boulter-Bitzer, J. I., Lee, H., and Trevors, J.T.  2010. Selection of single-chain variable fragment (scFv) from a phage display library against S16 of Cryptosporidium parvum.  Experimental Parasitology, 125(2):124-9.

Boulter-Bitzer, J. I., Lee, H., and Trevors, J.T.  2009. Selection of single-chain variable fragment (scFv) from a phage display library against P23 of Cryptosporidium parvum.  Journal of Parasitology, 95(1):75-81.

Pokorny, N.J., Boulter-Bitzer, J. I., Hall, C., Trevors, J.T., and Lee, H.  2008.  Inhibition of Cryptosporidium parvum infection of a mammalian cell culture by recombinant scFv antibodies.  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 94(3): 353-364.

Boulter-Bitzer, J.  Single-chain variable-fragment (scFv) antibodies produced by phage display against S16 and P23 glycoproteins of Cryptosporidium parvum.  January 2007.  Doctoral Thesis.

Boulter-Bitzer, J. I., Lee, H., and Trevors, J.T.  2007. Molecular targets for detection and immunotherapy in Cryptosporidium parvum.  Biotechnology Reviews, 25(1): 13-44.

Rupasinghe, H.P.V., Boulter-Bitzer, J., Odumeru, J.A.  2006.  Lactic acid improves the efficacy of anti-microbial washing solutions for apples.  Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment 4(2):44-48.

Rupasinghe, H.P.V., Boulter-Bitzer, J., Ahn, T., Odumeru, J.A.  2006.  Vanillin inhibits pathogenic and spoilage organisms in vitro and aerobic microbial growth in fresh-cut apples.  Food Research International, 39:575-580.

Boulter, J. I., Trevors, J. T., Boland, G. J., 2006.  Polyphasic approach for assessing compost maturity and stability in compost intended for suppression of plant pathogens.  Applied Soil Ecology 31: 65-81.

Pokorny, N., M. M. Hart, L. Storey, J. Boulter-Bitzer, H. Lee and J. T. Trevors. 2005. Hypobaric bacteriology: growth cytoplasmic membrane polarization and total cellular fatty acids responses of Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. Int. J. Astrobiol., 4:187-193.

McKellar, R.C., Odumeru, J., Zhou, T., Harrison, A, Mercer, D. G., Young, J. C., Lu, X, Boulter, J., Piyasena  P, Karr, S.  2004.  Influence of a commercial warm chlorinated water treatment and packaging on the shelf life of ready-to-use lettuce.  Food Research International, 37(4):343-354.

Odumeru, J A ; Boulter, J ; Knight, K ; Lu, X ; McKellar, R.  2003.  Assessment of a wash treatment with warm chlorinated water to extend the shelf-life of ready-to-use lettuce.  Journal of Food Quality. 26 (3):197-209.

Boulter, J. I., Boland, G. J., Trevors, J. T.  2002.  Evaluation of composts for suppression of dollar spot (Sclerotinia homoeocarpa) of turfgrass.  Plant Disease, 86:405-410.

Boulter, J. I., Boland, G. J., Trevors, J. T.  2002.  Assessment of compost for suppression of Fusarium Patch (Microdochium nivale) and Typhula Blight (Typhula ishikariensis) snow moulds of turfgrass.  Biological Control, 25:162-172.

Boulter, J. I., Trevors, J. T, Boland, G. J.  2002.  Microbial studies of compost: bacteria identification, and their potential for turfgrass pathogen suppression.  World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology, 18:661-671.

Boland, G. J., T. Z. Zhou and J. I. Boulter.  2000.  Sclerotinia homoeocarpa F. T. Bennett.  Dollar spot of turfgrass.  In: Biological Control Programmes Against Diseases, Insects and Weeds in Canada, 1980 - 2000.  Eds., P. Mason and J. Huber.

Boulter, J. I.  Characterization Assessment of Compost for Suppression of Selected Turfgrass Diseases.  May 2000.  Masters Thesis.

Boulter, J. I., Boland, G. J., Trevors, J. T.  2000.  Compost: A study of the development process and end-product potential for suppression of turfgrass disease.  World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology, 16: 115-134.