Frank Busta, Ph.D., is the director emeritus of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) and professor emeritus of Food Microbiology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Busta was named as the first director of NCFPD in 2004. Previously he held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University, and the University of Florida. He served as chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition from 1984 to 1987 at the University of Florida and head of the Department of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Minnesota from 1987 to 1997. Dr. Busta’s research areas are in food safety, growth and survival of microorganisms after environmental stress in food, microbial ecology, and food defense. He has published more than 125 refereed research papers. Dr. Busta retired in 2002 from the International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Food after 15 years of service. Dr. Busta is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), of the American Academy of Microbiology, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST in UK), of the International Association for Food Protection and of the Academy of the International Union of Food Science and Technology. He chaired the Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine from 2011 to 2014. He was President of IFT in 1995/96. He became professor emeritus in 1999. Dr. Busta became Director Emeritus in 2007 and served as Senior Science Advisor to NCFPD from 2007 to 2014. Dr. Busta received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.