Miss Erika Estrada

Graduate Student,
UC Davis

Contact Details

UC Davis


I was born and raised in Tangancicuaro, a small town in southwest Mexico. In 2010, at 17 years old, I moved to the U.S. to pursue a college education. I began attending community college and after learning English, transferred to UC Davis where I found my passion for food safety. After obtaining my B.S. in Biological Science, I attended Virginia Tech where my master’s project focused on investigating the prevalence, persistence, and diversity of Listeria in produce packing houses. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Dr. Linda Harris’ Lab at UC Davis. My research aims to understand cross-contamination routes, transfer rates, and genetic differences of foodborne pathogens causing safety problems in the tree nut industry. 


University of California, Davis
Davis, California, United States
Ph.D. Food Science, 2022
Food Safety
2019 To
Advisor: Linda Harris, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
M.Sc. Food Science, 2019
Food Safety
2017 To 2019
Dissertation: Investigating the prevalence, persistence and diversity of Listeria in produce packinghouses.
Advisor: Laura Strawn

University of California, Davis
Davis, California, United States
B.S. Biological Sciences, 2016
Medical Microbiology
2014 To 2016

College of The Sequoias
Visalia, California, United States
A.S. Biology and Mathematics, 2014
2011 To 2014