Prashant Singh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor    850.644.1829    Vita

Prashant Singh

Get to know Dr. Singh


I am a Food Microbiologist and my research is focused on making our food safe. In my laboratory we develop advanced methodology for rapid detection of food-borne pathogens. Food-borne pathogens contaminate meat and produce, resulting in outbreaks. My laboratory works in area of developing multiple-hurdle approach for enhancing safety of meat and produce.  Additionally, I also work in the area of dairy microbiology and probiotics.


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Graduate Certificate, Food Safety & Defense, University of Missouri
  • M.S., Vellore Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Delhi University

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Singh, P., Pfeifer, Y., Mustapha, A. (2016). Multiplex real-time PCR assay for the detection of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) and carbapenemase genes using melting curve analysis. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 124, 72-78.

Singh, P., & Mustapha, A. (2015). Multiplex real-time PCR assays for detection of eight Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in food samples by melting curve analysis. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 215, 101-108.

Blumhagen, A., Singh, P., Mustapha, A., Yu, Q. (2014). Plasma Deactivation of Oral Bacteria Seeded on Hydroxyapatite Disks as Tooth Enamel Analogue. American Journal of Dentistry, 27(2), 84-90.

Singh, P., & Mustapha, A. (2014). Development of a real-time PCR melt curve assay for simultaneous detection of virulent and antibiotic resistant Salmonella. Food Microbiology, 44,6-14.

Singh, P., & Mustapha, A. (2013). Multiplex TaqMan Detection of Pathogenic and Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 166(2), 213-218.


  • Patent No. 20160032366: Rapid assay for detection of shiga toxin producing E. coli and antibiotic resistant pathogens.
  • IFT Feeding Tomorrow graduate scholarship recipient
  • Faye W. Furguson scholarship recipient
  • Italian government scholarships recipient




All my life my strengths has been focused hard work, and service to humanity.


I am from India and my family comprises of my loving mother and father, my brother who has always been an example of resilience, my older sister and my niece who are the two bright sparks of my family.



“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
– John Bunyan

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