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Dr. D’Amico’s research focuses on the safety and quality of cheese. For more than a decade he has worked extensively with small to very-small producers on product development, process control, environmental monitoring, and the development and implementation of food safety management systems. Dennis’ current research projects seek to identify natural interventions and preventative controls for traditional dairy foods and the validation of traditional processes. His research has been widely published in peer-reviewed academic journals and in 2013 Dennis recieved an award from the Innovation Center for US Dairy in recognition for Outstanding Leadership, Collaboration, and Education for his work on the US Dairy Food Safety Initiative.