Dr. Robert L. Scharff is an economist who has spent nearly two decades researching the economics of foodborne illness. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University (OSU), he has been involved in a number of multistate and international collaborations involving multidisciplinary research teams. His food safety research is focused on the estimation of economic burden of illness estimates and the evaluation of interventions. Prior to working at Ohio State, Dr. Scharff earned his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and was a regulatory economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Scharff serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Food Protection and, in 2017, won their ‘most cited paper’ award for his work on the economic burden of foodborne illness. As part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, he has an active USDA HATCH project and has won a Multi-disciplinary Team Research Award. Dr. Scharff will be working with the TARTARE Economics/Risk Assesment and Disease Burden teams.