Faculty and Academic Staff

Dave Barbano

Expertise: Dairy chemistry and dairy product processing
Research Interests: Mid-Infrared milk analysis; ultrafiltration and microfiltration of milk and whey

Betsy Bihn

Elizabeth Bihn

Betsy Bihn

Senior Extension Associate

Expertise: Fruit and vegetable microbial safety; Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Produce safety training; Curriculum development; Focus group facilitation

Kathryn Boor

Expertise: Molecular microbiology of foodborne pathogens and spoilage microbes; Bacterial gene regulation; Transcriptional regulatory networks; Dairy food microbiology; Food processing microbiology

Chris Gerling

Christopher Gerling

Chris Gerling

Extension Associate

Expertise: Production of fermented and distilled beverages
Research Interests: Optimizing fermentation quality/ efficiency through applied projects 

Ray Glahn

Ray Glahn

Ray Glahn

Professor Associate Courtesy

Expertise: Factors and practices that influence the intestinal absorption of trace minerals, specifically iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) micronutrients

Bob Gravani

Robert Gravani

Bob Gravani

Professor
Director of the National Good Agricultural Practices Program

Expertise: Food safety; sanitation; GMPs; prerequisite programs and HACCP in all sectors of the food system

Cy Lee

Chang Lee

Cy Lee

Professor

Expertise: Biochemistry of fruits and vegetables
Research Interests: Nutraceutical functions of phytochemicals; Sensory/nutritional qualities of fruit and vegetable products

Rui Liu

Rui Liu

Rui Liu

Professor

Expertise: Food analysis; food lipids; functional foods; nutraceuticals
Research Interests: Diet and cancer; effect of functional foods/nutraceuticals on chronic disease risks; and bioactive compounds in natural products and herbal remedies for anticancer and antiviral activity

Anna Katharine Mansfield

Expertise: Wine production methods; sensory evaluation; cold climate and hybrid wine production
Research Interests: Yeast Assimilable Nitrogen; phenolic extraction and retention in red hybrid wines; bitterness in aromatic white wines; defining regional typicity

Motoko Mukai

Motoko Mukai

Motoko Mukai

Principal Research Scientist

Expertise: Chemical food safety; toxicology; food contamination
Research Interests: Endocrine disrupting compounds in food; environmental and reproductive toxicology

Steven Murphy

Steven Murphy

Steven Murphy

Senior Extension Associate

Expertise: Dairy product quality & safety; basic dairy microbiology; standard and official dairy laboratory procedures; sensory evaluation of fluid milk and cottage cheese;  HACCP

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Expertise: Safety and stability of plant-based foods; formulation and processing of acid; acidified and water activity controlled-foods; juice technology; food entrepreneurship
Research Interests: Identification of key factors that affect the safety and quality of specialty foods produced by small-scale processors. Development  and evaluation of processing systems that result in safe; high quality; plant-based food products. Methods to enhance the economic viability of agricultural producers that manufacture value-added plant-based foods

Rob Ralyea

Robert Ralyea

Rob Ralyea

Senior Extension Associate

Expertise: Artisan/specialty cheese production; microbiological problem solving in dairy plants; milk quality improvement; food safety; food defense program development

Sy Rizvi

Syed Rizvi

Sy Rizvi

Professor

Expertise: Food processing engineering; supercritical fluids; extrusion; engineering properties of food and related biomaterials

Gavin Sacks

Gavin Sacks

Associate Professor

Expertise: Flavor chemistry; wine and grape chemistry; Chromatography and mass spectrometry
​Research Interests: Our lab studies how pre- and post-harvest factors affect the organoleptic properties (flavor; color) of agricultural products; including wines and juices. In addition to using a range of modern analytical equipment; such as GCxGC-TOF-MS; we also interested in developing simple field-appropriate tests for food quality parameters.  ​

Karl Siebert

Karl Siebert

Karl Siebert

Professor
Director, Brewing Program

Expertise: food chemistry, food microbiology, and sensory science
Research Focus: haze and foam chemistry and perception; composition-to-property relationships; mathematics and statistics

Elad Tako

Elad Tako

Elad Tako

Professor, Courtesy

Expertise: Nutrigenomics; intestinal physiology; mineral intestinal absorption; iron and zinc bioavailabilty
Research Interests: Mineral bioavailabilty in standard and fortified food crops; iron and zinc intestinal absorption

Martin Wiedmann

Expertise: Food safety; food microbiology; dairy microbiology; molecular biology; genomics; molecular subtyping; full genome sequencing
Research Interests: Farm to table transmission and ecology of foodborne pathogens and spoilage organisms; Listeria monocytogenes; Salmonella; genomics and molecular biology of food associated microbes

Randy Worobo

Randy Worobo

Randy Worobo

Associate Professor

Expertise: Food safety; food microbiology; fruit and vegetable safety
Research Interests: Enhancing the safety of fruits and vegetables throughout the produce supply chain