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Dr Sophie Tongyu Wu

Senior Research Assistant
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Sophie is interesting in learning about and improving food safety culture. Her research employs diverse approaches including focus group, interview, and survey, with the goal of making visible differences and continuous progress in food industry. She has presented her work in various international conferences such as International Association for Food Protection Annual Meetings.

Sophie is endeavouring in food safety culture improvement for the UK food manufacturing businesses, using real-time technology via a weekly action cycle - for more information, please view related articles below. 

Prior to joining UCLan, Sophie's primary research interest was Listeria monocytogenes control at retail, leading the first study investigating the relationship between the prevalence of environmental Listeria and food safety climate. This experience got her interested in human factors, such as perception, behaviour, and management style, in foodborne pathogen control - and ultimately, food safety culture. She has presented her research on the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meetings, International Symposium on Problems of Listeria and Listeriosis (ISOPOL), and Graduate Student Workshop at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). Currently, she is working closely with industry partners to improve their food safety culture and performance.

  • PhD Food Science, Purdue University, 2020
  • BSc Biology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016
  • B. J. Liska Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2018
  • Student Travel Scholarship (International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting), 2017
  • Food Safety Culture
  • Business Performance
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Leadership
  • International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Membership
  • SALUS Membership
  • IUFoST Membership