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Faculty and Academic Staff

Laura Elisa Acuna-Maldonado

Laura Elisa Acuna-Maldonado

Extension Associate
Expertise: Fruit and vegetable microbial safety; Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Produce safety training; Curriculum development; FSMA Produce Safety Rule
David Barbano

David Barbano

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

Elizabeth Bihn

Senior Extension Associate
Expertise: Fruit and vegetable microbial safety; Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Produce safety training; Curriculum development; FSMA Produce Safety Rule; Focus group facilitation
Kathryn J. Boor

Kathryn Boor

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

John Brady

Professor
Expertise: Computer modeling of carbohydrates; neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution; food chemistry
Christopher Gerling

Christopher Gerling

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

Patrick Gibney

Assistant Professor
Expertise: molecular and cellular biology; microbiology; genetics; systems biology; yeast biology
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
Kaylyn Kirkpatrick

Kaylyn Kirkpatrick

Extension Associate
Expertise: beer quality, hop chemistry, fermentation
Research Interests: The impact of brewing raw materials on beer flavor and quality
 
Connie Fisk

Connie Landis Fisk

Extension Associate
Expertise: Fruit and vegetable microbial safety; Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Produce safety training; Curriculum development; FSMA Produce Safety Rule
Chang Lee

Chang 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 Hai 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 Mansfield

Anna Katharine Mansfield

Associate Professor
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
Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller

Professor
Expertise: Iron bioavailability; iron fortification of foods; impact of food systems on human nutrition
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
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
Donna Pahl

Donna Pahl Clements

Extension Associate
Expertise: Fruit and vegetable microbial safety; Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Produce safety training; Curriculum development; FSMA Produce Safety Rule
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

Syed Rizvi

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

Gavin Sacks

Professor and Associate Chair
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.  ​
Abigail Snyder

Abby Snyder

Assistant Professor
The goal of my research is to develop practical solutions to ongoing challenges in microbial food safety and spoilage. This work requires an enhanced understanding of incidence, harborage, transfer, resistance to removal, and tolerance to inactivation in order to develop risk-based interventions. 
 
Don Stoeckel

Don Stoeckel

Extension Associate
Expertise: Fruit and vegetable microbial safety; Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Produce safety training; Curriculum development; FSMA Produce Safety Rule
Elad Tako

Elad Tako

Courtesy Associate 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
Gretchen Wall

Gretchen Wall

Extension Associate
Expertise: Fruit and vegetable microbial safety; Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Produce safety training; Curriculum development; FSMA Produce Safety Rule
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

Randy Worobo

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