Chuck Czuprynski to become Interim Director of Food Research Institute

Effective June 30, 2008, Chuck Czuprynski, Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine, will assume the position of interim director of the UW Food Research Institute. Long-time director Mike Pariza will step down after more than two decades of  leadership at FRI.

Pariza came to UW-Madison in 1976 and has served as director of FRI since 1985. During his tenure, he has worked to increase the Food Research Institute’s emphasis on emerging pathogens through the UW-Madison strategic hiring program.

A prolific researcher, he developed the principal guidelines for evaluating food enzyme safety that are used by government regulators and food enzyme manufacturers around the world. He also discovered the anti-cancer properties of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and many of the other known biological activities of CLA, thereby founding the modern field of CLA research. He holds more than 25 US patents and is recognized by Thompson Scientific as one of the most “Highly Cited Researchers” of the last two decades. Pariza is a member of the Department of Food Science faculty.

Czuprynski’s primary research is focused on mechanisms of resistance to bacterial infection. He also teaches Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology and supervises graduate students in immunology, microbiology and toxicology, and directs an NIH Training Grant in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (a program that provides research training to graduate veterinarians). He serves as principal investigator of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology and serves on theFRI executive committee. He has been at the UW-Madison since 1983.