Faculty and Academic Staff

David Barbano

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

Elizabeth Bihn

Elizabeth Bihn

Elizabeth 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

Ray Glahn

Ray Glahn

Courtesy Associate Professor

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

Julie Goddard

Julie Goddard

Associate Professor

Expertise:  Biomaterials and Biointerfaces in Food and Agriculture
Research Interests:  Biomimetic polymer synthesis, active packaging materials, biocatalytic materials, antimicrobial and nonfouling coatings, polymer surface modification

Chang Lee

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

Rui Hai Liu

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

Assistant Professor

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

Sam Nugen

Sam Nugen

Associate Professor

Expertise: Rapid detection of pathogens; biosensors; lateral flow assays; bacteriophages; sample preparation
 
Research Interests: Using genetic engineering, synthetic biology, and nanotechnological approaches to design tools for the rapid separation, concentration, and detection of bacteria from complex matrices.
 

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Professor and Chair

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

Robert Parker

Expertise: toxicology and food safety
Research Interests: Biochemical and physiological factors influencing metabolism, transport and bioavailability of vitamin E and vitamin K.  Focus on cytochrome P450-mediated vitamin E metabolism and on mechanisms of cellular secretion of vitamin E that influence vitamin E status, including response to supplementation and impact of genotype.

Robert Ralyea

Robert Ralyea

Robert Ralyea

Senior Extension Associate

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

Syed Rizvi

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.  ​

Elad Tako

Elad Tako

Elad Tako

Courtesy Assistant Professor

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

Martin Wiedmann

Martin Wiedmann

Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety

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

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