Food & Dairy Lab Contacts - California Dairy Contacts
California Animal Health & Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory, San Bernardino and Barile Lab, both based out of the University of California, Davis, are the only dairy labs in the state of California that are based out of universities and colleges. All available information has been presented in the California Dairy Labs tab of the attached spreadsheet.
California Dairy Labs
- California Animal Health & Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory, San Bernardino is based out of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The lab's branch chief, Dr. Francisco A. Uzal, is its contact person.
- Barile Lab is housed in UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology. Daniela Barile, Professor and Principal Investigator, is the lab's contact person.
To find the top 15 dairy labs that are based out of universities and colleges in the state of California, the research team began by searching for any listing of dairy labs in California to extract those that are based out of universities and colleges. While an extensive search for a comprehensive list of all dairy labs in the state was not fruitful, we found the Interstate Milk Shippers (IMS) list of approved milk laboratories in California. The list contained 39 laboratories approved by federal and state agencies and third-party certifiers. We then searched for the locations of each lab and found that only one of them (CAHFS Laboratory, San Bernardino) is based out of a university. While we have provided the name of the contact person, his personal phone number was not available, so we provided that of the lab. Also, for the email address, we have provided a link to the lab's contact form since there was no email address available.
We then searched further for more any other dairy labs based out of universities and colleges in the state of California, with the hope of finding any other labs that could not make it to the IMS list of approved milk laboratories in the state. After searching extensively, we were able to find one more lab (Barile Lab) that is housed in a university in California. All other dairy labs in our search results did not fit the criteria. While we found most of the required information on Barile Lab, we could not find any metric for student enrollment or funding to assist in ranking our list of top dairy labs.
To find this information on student enrollment/funding, we first searched the subdomain for Barile Lab on UC Davis' website, hoping to find news article mentioning its total annual funding in recent years. However, the site only features recent articles from April 2019, all of which said nothing about the lab's annual funding. We also searched through UC Davis' main website for the same information, but there were no relevant search results.
We then opted to move away from UC Davis' website for news articles or press releases that talk about Barile Lab and how much funding they receive annually. While there wasn't a lot of relevant findings, we found an article on AgWeb that announced that researchers in UC Davis, which included Barile Lab's proprietor, received $6.9 million funding for milk research. However, there was no clarification as to how much funding each researcher was to receive. Other information we found was on individual achievements that are associated with the lab.
Since we could not find info on funding, we tried to find the number of students enrolled in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology which houses Barile Lab. We searched through the subdomain for the department on UC Davis' website, but could not find the number of students enrolled. Information on the subdomain that was related to students was things like admission requirement, student funding, and activities.
However, since both of the dairy labs we found are based out of the same school (UC Davis), we then determined that the CAHFS Laboratory in San Bernardino was top, due to its inclusion in the list of approved milk laboratories in California. This was based on the assumption that CAHFS Laboratory receives more funding than Barile Lab, which is not on the IMS list.