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The overall goal of research in the Department of Food Science is to contribute to the scientific knowledge base for foods and beverages. Our research is focused primarily on applying fundamental principles from chemistry, biology, microbiology, engineering, and the social sciences to the conversion of raw agricultural products into foods and beverages for human consumption. We also study the safety, quality, nutritional, and environmental consequences of these conversions with the aim of providing the world with an affordable, safe, and sustainable food supply of high nutritional quality. 

Research in the Department is closely integrated with our teaching and extension programs. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, conduct research projects under the supervision of faculty members. This research experience helps students develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills and fosters a strong aspiration for lifelong learning. Faculty with extension responsibilities translate and transfer research-based knowledge to our stakeholders in New York State and beyond. In addition, stakeholder input informs and inspires many of our research projects. 

Faculty Labs 

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Abbaspourrad Lab - Rational Design and Synthesis of Emulsions

Research focus: The rational design and synthesis of emulsions to fabricate multi-compartment emulsion-based vehicles for regulating lipid digestion and bioavailability in gastrointestinal tract; to understand the molecular and physical factors that impact bioavailability and stability of lipid and lipophilic food ingredients and develop effective emulsion-based systems and encapsulation technologies to enhance ingredient stability within food matrix

Batt Lab - Protein Engineering & Expression of Recombinant Immunotherapeutics

Research focus: Protein Engineering & Expression of Recombinant Immunotherapeutics; Micro-/Nanofabrication of Integrated Sensor Devices; Synthesis of Biologically Inspired Nanostructures for Advanced Materials Processing.

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Dando Lab - The Dando Taste Physiology Lab

Research focus: The Dando lab studies the neurotransmitter interactions and signaling events which occur within the mammalian taste system, utilizing techniques from physiology, molecular biology and behavioral science.

Gibney Lab - Yeast Biology & Wine Microbiology

Research focus: Our lab is interested in a variety of research topics that span from understanding fundamental aspects of eukaryotic cell biology to collaborating with the fermented beverage industry on applied projects.

Goddard Lab – Biomaterials and Biointerfaces in Food and Agriculture

Research Focus:  The Goddard lab leverages technologies at the intersection of food science & materials science to modify food contact materials to improve the safety, quality, and sustainability of our food supply.  Current research foci include non-migratory active packaging, antimicrobial/nonfouling coatings, and biocatalytic materials.

Liu Lab

Liu Lab - Diet and Cancer

Research focus: Dr. Liu’s research program focuses on diet and cancer, the effects of functional foods/nutraceuticals on chronic disease risks, and bioactive compounds in natural products and herbal remedies for anticancer and antiviral activity.

Moraru lab

Moraru Lab - Improving Food Safety and Quality

Research focus: Moraru’s group research program is dedicated to developing technical solutions for improving food safety and quality and to advancing the knowledge in the area of microbial, physical and engineering properties of foods, particularly dairy foods. Our efforts are channeled in two distinct research areas: Food Safety Engineering and Food Quality.

Mukai Lab- Chemical Food Safety and Toxicology

Research focus: We study how toxic chemical compounds in food have an effect on our health.

Rizvi Lab - Food Engineering

Research focus: Food Process Engineering, International Food Science, Unit Operations, Supercritical Fluids, Extrusion, Engineering Properties of Biomaterials, Fortification, Food Waste, Cryogenics, Micro/Nanoencapsulation, Dairy Food Processing, Membrane Separation

Sacks Lab- Flavor, Wine, Science

Research focus: The Sacks lab studies how pre- and post-harvest factors affect the organoleptic properties of agricultural products, and particularly wines and juices

Viticulture and Enology

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Viticulture and Enology research program 

Research focus: to promote sustainable, environmentally sound practices tailored to local growing conditions, and network with an international community.

Food Safety

Food safety lab

Food Safety Laboratory and Milk Quality Improvement Program

Research focus: Through innovative research, education and outreach, improve the microbial safety and quality of the global food supply.


New York Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence

The New York State Department of Health and Cornell University have been selected to lead the nation's newest Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence as part of a joint venture to strengthen foodborne illness surveillance and investigations.

Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center

The Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center (NEDFRC) is a cooperative research and extension effort between Cornell University and the University of Vermont.  Access more detailed information on this cooperative.