Mohamed B. Najjar, PhD

Senior Director
R&D Strategy & Portfolio Sector
Food & Beverage at PepsiCo
Purchase, NY, USA


Dr. Mohamed Z. Badaoui Najjar received his BS and MS from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He then pursued his Ph.D. in food science focusing on microbiology and ingredient safety at Rutgers University. He worked with the FDA and the Joint institute for food safety for 2 years before joining PepsiCo in 2010. Mohamed currently leads international and domestic beverage innovation initiatives to drive new product development and sugar reduction in brand Pepsi, Pepsi Max and Pepsi Next. Mohamed is very active in the Institute of Food Technologists: He is a professional member of IFT, Chairman of NY IFT and a division champion. Mohamed has published and presented more than ten articles and posters. He holds two provisional patents. Mohamed enjoys new trends and innovations in food & beverage, science and technology.

Research Interest

His research interests include: functional beverages, health and wellness, new trends and innovations in food & beverage, science and technology.

Scientific Activities

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) member
• NY IFT Chairman 2012-2014
• American Society for Microbiology (ASM) member, 2005-2011.
• IFTSA North Atlantic Area Representative 2007-2008. Raised $5000 and organized the regional meeting.
• Guest lecturer at Mercer County College: food microbiology/food safety. 2007 & 2008.
• Food science graduate student association officer 2005-2006, 2007-2008.
• Judge: North Jersey science fair Judge 2007 & 2008.
• Judge: Rutgers Aresty undergraduate research symposium 2007 & 2008.
• Certified in first aid, CPR, AED, aquatic rescue.


1. Badaoui Najjar M, Wirawan R, Chikindas M, Montville TJ. Regulation of F0F1ATPase and its role in Listeria monocytogenes acid sensitivity. Letters in Applied Microbiology (in review). 2009; doi: 10.1016/S0168-1605(00)00305-6
2. Badaoui Najjar M, Chikindas M, Montville TJ. The acid tolerance response alters membrane fluidity and induces nisin resistance in Listeria monocytogenes. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins. 2009 ; doi: 10.1007/s11689-009-9025-8.
3. Badaoui Najjar M, Kashtanov D, Chikindas M. Natural antimicrobials ε-poly-L-lysine and Nisin A for control of oral microflora. Probiotics And Antimicrobial Proteins. 2009;doi: 10.1007/s12602-009-9020-0
4. Badaoui Najjar M, Chikindas M, Montville TJ. Changes in Listeria monocytogenes membrane fluidity in response to temperature stress. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2007; 73: 6429-6435.doi: 10.1128/AEM.00980-07
5. Badaoui Najjar M., Kashtanov D, Chikindas M. ε-poly-L-lysine and Nisin A act synergistically against Gram-positive foodborne pathogens Bacillus cereus and Listeria monocytogenes. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 2007; 45: 13-18. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-765X.2007.02157.x