||Dr. Kantha Channaiah PhD is the Director of Microbiology for AIB International. He has held this position since 2013, with primary duties related to designing & executing kill-step validation research projects, teaching and offering training for microbiology seminars, providing environmental monitoring program consulting services, and generally assisting AIB Food Safety Services for all microbiology-related queries. Prior to joining AIB, Kantha served as Postdoctoral Research Associate, instructor, consultant, and manager of Microbiology and Toxicology Research Laboratory at Kansas State University. His previous industry experience includes working as a scientific officer in a beer manufacturing plant, and as a senior research fellow in molecular microbiology and biotechnology fields. Kantha’s work is informed by more than fifteen years of related experience in the fields of microbiology and biotechnology, food and beverage industries, research and development, academics, designing and establishing labs, supervising, teaching, training, HACCP, GMPs, regulatory compliance, post-harvest grain storage, handling pathogenic bacteria, molds, mycotoxins, technology development, environmental monitoring, kill step validation, and consulting. In addition to his work with AIB International, Kantha currently serves as adjunct faculty at Kansas State University.