Dr. Matthew Taylor is an associate professor of food microbiology in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX). His primary research interests are in the utilization and mechanisms of food antimicrobials and sanitizers to inhibit bacterial foodborne pathogens. Specifically, research is conducted to investigate and determine the manner by which food antimicrobials inhibit microbial pathogens. Additionally, research is conducted that seeks to overcome obstacles to the use of food antimicrobials in some product by the encapsulation of food antimicrobials. He is the lead instructor for undergraduate and graduate courses describing the microbiology of human foods. He also regularly provides guest lectures for Texas A&M University courses, as well as teaching in food safety microbiology for members of the food processing industry and regulatory agency officers.
Dr. Taylor is an active member of the International Association for Food Protection, sitting on the editorial boards of the Journal of Food Protection and Food Protection Trends. He currently chairs the Food Protection Trends Management Committee and was elected the Vice-Chair of the Meat and Poultry Professional Development Group, starting at the 2019 IAFP Annual Meeting.