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Animal Sciences and Industry

Gragg, Sara

Gragg, SaraAssistant Professor
Kansas State University Olathe

Research Interests

Food safety & food microbiology

  • Pre-harvest and post-harvest settings (produce, meat and poultry)
  • Emphasis on reduction of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in the food supply
  • Leafy greens
  • Meat industry, with a specific interest in beef
  • Researching the efficacy of novel interventions
  • Identification of high risk tissues and their potential association with pathogen carriage in cattle


Ph.D., Animal Science, Texas Tech University, 2012
M.S., Food Science, Texas Tech University, 2008
B.S., Food Science/Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006


Bio Brief

Dr. Gragg earned her doctorate and was a post-doctoral research scientist at Texas Tech. Closer once again to her Nebraska roots, Sara's interest in food science and animal science began during her service in FFA and through Ag education. She earned her undergraduate degree from UNL before moving to Texas.

Dr. Gragg's experience with industry complements her academic experience, and is an ideal fit for her position at K-State Olathe, which is at the heart of the thriving Animal Health Corridor.  She has traveled extensively presenting on the topic of food safety and studying processes in food safety and microbiology.