Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge is Associate Professor at Tennessee State University (TSU). She earned her Ph.D. degree in Food Science (Food Microbiology) from Auburn University in 2003. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge established Food Safety and Microbiology (FSM) Laboratory based research program at TSU. Over 22 graduate and 43 undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture at TSU have been trained on principles of Food Safety and Microbiology under the FSM program. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge teaches face-to-face and online in Food Microbiology, Food Plant Sanitation, and Senior Project. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge research interests are focused on the detection of antibiotic resistant pathogenic bacteria in fresh produce and muscle meat in retail stores and agro-ecosystems, through the use of molecular and traditional approaches. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge is pursuing interventions to minimize the transfer of pathogenic bacteria from farms to consumers, especially those with potential to acquire resistance to commonly antibiotics used in human and animal medicine. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge has established her reputation in food safety and security through her continuous demonstration of outstanding accomplishments in scholarly research. She has published research findings in top journals such as Poultry Science and Journal of Food Protection and has established herself as a competent scholar with a national and international reputation. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge has being very successful, as the principal investigator/co-investigator in securing over $6.9 M (690 million Kenya shillings) from highly competitive federal programs. She has published 24 refereed peer reviewed papers in reputable scientific journals, 4 book chapters, 7 extension publications, and 40+ abstracts and presentations. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge also provides valuable services to various college and university committees, the community and professional associations as well. She has served on numerous important college committees for faculty recruitment. As to her professional services, Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge serves as a reviewer for seven national and international journals. She also sits on several grant review panels including USDA and NIFA. Moreover, her creative endeavors are contributing significantly to the field of food microbiology. She is viewed as a solid peer within her disciplinary research community.