Cory M. Bryant, PhD

Cory M. Bryant, PhDDr. Cory Bryant holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Food Science from Purdue University and a doctorate in Food Science from the University of Massachusetts. He was awarded a Certificate in International Food Law from Michigan State University in 2006.

Upon joining the workforce in December 1999, Cory served as a Research Investigator with International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) in Union Beach, NJ where his research yielded several patents for encapsulation systems. From 2003 to 2008 he served as Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Washington, D.C. during which time he managed projects on irradiation, Mad Cow disease, mycotoxins, food defense and vulnerability assessment, and food allergens.

In September 2008 Cory joined the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) where he has led efforts on international food defense outreach, intentional adulteration regulatory development, and outbreak response. For two years (2012 – 2013) he joined FDA’s China Office to manage food, feed, cosmetic and dietary supplement issues out of Beijing and as of December 2013 Dr. Bryant has taken on a new role leading a team that focuses on public health and trade.

Outside work, Cory is an avid traveler, runner and yogi, completing over 600 hours of yoga teacher training.  Since early 2008, he has taught one to two classes a week at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC. Cory and his partner Richard celebrate 11 years together in March and enjoy spending time with their families, friends, and three dogs – Lola, Spanky and Bodhi.

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What do you feel you can contribute to the growth and advancement of IFT?
IFT’s strength comes from its diversity of membership and the commensurate passion for all things food.  I have had the good fortune to experience much of that diversity first hand throughout my career in the food industry, at IFT and now at FDA. Furthermore, I share that passion and wish to couple that with my experiences to promote the spirit of global collaboration as we work together to find creative approaches that ensure the safety, quality and sustainability of the food supply while elevating the profile of food science and technology.

Formal Education 
B.S., 1993, Food Science, Purdue University
M.S., 1995, Food Science, Purdue University
Ph.D., 1999, Food Science, University of Massachusetts

Career History


Job Title

Start Date

End Date


International Public Health & Trade Manager

Nov 18, 2013


FDA China Office

Assistant Country Director

Jan 5, 2012

Dec 13, 2013


Policy Analyst

Sept 22, 2008

Jan 5, 2012

Institute of Food Technologists

Sr. Research Scientist

Aug 22, 2003

June 2008

International Flavors & Fragrances

Research Investigator

Dec 1999

Aug 2003

Leadership Experience



Start Date

End Date

IFT Regulatory, Standards & Patent Library Workgroup




IFT Public Policy, Food Laws and Regulations Subpanel




IFT Sustainability Subpanel




FDA/USDA Food Defense International Outreach




National Council on Science and the Environment

Advisor –
Food and Climate Change Education Program



Anahata International

Director of External Communications



Nano4Food Advisory Board




IFTSA North Atlantic Area





UMass Food Science Club



Professional and Community Recognition

  • FDA Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award, China Jerky Pet Treats Collaboration, 2013
  • IFT Certified Food Scientist, 2013 – Inaugural Class
  • FDA Group Award – Food Defense International Outreach – Interagency, 2012
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, 2012
  • Yoga teacher, Flow Yoga Center, Washington, DC, 2008 – present
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Leadership on Food Defense International Outreach, USDA/FSIS, 2011
  • CFSAN/IAS International Golden Globe winner, 2011
  • CFSAN Group Award – S. Typhimurium peanut butter outbreak response, 2010
  • CFSAN Director’s Citation for Development of CARVER+Shock Software, 2009
  • Miami – Halloween Half Marathon, Age group, 1st place, 2009
  • Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Rhinecliff, NY, 2008
  • Flow Yoga Center Teacher Training Program, Washington, DC, certified 2008
  • Anahata International, Director of External Communications, 2007
  • AIDS Marathon, Honolulu, finisher – Dec. 2006
  • IFT Food Science Ambassador, 2006 - present
  • Volunteer, Food & Friends, 2005
  • Journal of Food Science, reviewer, 2004 – present
  • UMass Food Science Alumni Weekend 2004, organizer