The presence of bacterial biofilms within food processing environments can be a serious threat to food safety of a product. Once established, a biofilm is difficult to remove and can be a reservoir for further contamination of a product. Therefore my research at AUT focuses on the development of novel methods to prevent or remove biofilms from processing plant surfaces. I also have a strong interest in the development of rapid identification and genotyping techniques in order to track and trace pathogenic or spoilage isolates within food processing environments. Currently AUT has a strong relationship with Shanghai Institute of Technology and Wuhan University.