Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, Florida International University, 1981. Master of Science in Anaerobic Microbiology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science & Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1990.
Research lab technician Florida International University, 1981—1983. Researcher, teaching assistant Virginia Polytechnic Institute University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1984—1990. Assistant professor department microbiology, immunology & preventive medicine Iowa State University, Ames, 1990—1992, professor in charge research programs linear accelertor facility, 1992—1995.
Various positions including director food safety Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, College Station, Texas, 1995—2001, associate professor animal science, 1995—2000, professor department animal science, 2000—2001, vice chancellor, dean agricultural & life science, 2005—2008, president, 2008—2009, professor animal science, since 2009. Director Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, 2005. Under secretary for food safety United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, 2001—2004.
Chair food safety state initiative committee Texas Agriculture Extension Station, 1999—2001. National advisory committee meat and poultry inspection United States Department of Agriculture, 2001. Member National Alliance for Food Safety Operations Committee, 1998—2001, chair, 2000—2001.
Board directors Hormel Foods Corporation, since 2006.
Member of International Association Food Protection, Poultry Science Association, Institute Food Technologists, Association Meat Science, American Society Microbiology.
Married Peter S. Murano.