Felicia Wu

Felicia  Wu
  • John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


Felicia Wu, professor of food science and human nutrition and agricultural, food, and resource economics, also serves as Director of the Center for Health Impacts of Agriculture (CHIA). Her research includes foci on: the global burden of disease caused by foodborne mycotoxins, the cost- effectiveness of interventions to improve food safety in terms of human health benefits, the economic impacts of food safety regulations, and the benefits of transgenic Bt corn in terms of mycotoxin reduction.

Wu received her AB and SM in applied mathematics from Harvard University, and her PhD in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to joining MSU, Wu was an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University  of  Pittsburgh. She serves on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Committee on the Future of Animal Sciences

Research, Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the FAO and WHO of the United Nations, the WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group, and the International Life Sciences Institute Food, Nutrition and Safety Program. She is the 2007 recipient of the Chauncey Starr Award, given annually by the Society for Risk Analysis to a risk analyst under age 40; and the 2011 recipient of the SCOPE-Zhongyu award (one of three worldwide) for environmental management research.