CIFS Faculty Fellows

Sam Alcaine

Sam Alcaine

Assistant Professor

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: Brewing; Dairy Microbiology; Food Safety; Microbial Fermentations; Protective Cultures Enzymes

Lynden Archer

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Areas of interest: structure, dynamics, phase behavior, and ion transport in model nanoparticle hybrid materials

Elizabeth Bihn

Elizabeth Bihn

Elizabeth Bihn

Senior Extension Associate

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: fruit and vegetable microbial safety; Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); produce safety training; curriculum development; focus group facilitation

Thomas Björkman

Thomas Björkman

Thomas Björkman

Associate Professor

Department of Horticulture
Areas of interest: packing processes for fresh vegetables that are economically competitive in New York by exploiting our local advantages, and provide necessary food safety and quality. 

Kathryn Boor

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: molecular microbiology of foodborne pathogens and spoilage microbes; bacterial gene regulation; transcriptional regulatory networks; dairy food microbiology; food processing microbiology

J. Thomas Brenna

Department of Nutritional Sciences
Areas of interest: metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), high-precision isotopic, molecular, and elemental mass spectrometry, steroid isotape analysis

Susan Brown

Departments of Horticulture and Plant Breeding Genetics
Areas of interest: development of new superior varieties for the apple industry with unique flavors, exceptional crispness, enhanced storage and shelf life, and the incorporation of resistance to disease and insect pests, and training students in the science of fruit breeding and genetics

Alan Collmer

Alan Collmer

Andrew J. and Grace B. Nichols Professor

Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Areas of interest: molecular phytobacteriology, microbial genomics

Kerik Cox

Kerik Cox

Kerik Cox

Associate Professor

Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Areas of interest: effects of agricultural chemical inputs for disease management of fruit quality; fruit quality impacts and food safety concerns for pathogens of small and pome fruit.

Ashim Datta

Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest: the physics of food processes; in particular, how increased efficiency and competitiveness in food production, processing, and equipment design can be obtained from physics-based models of food quality and safety

Sarah Davidson Evanega

Sarah Davidson Evanega

Sarah Davidson Evanega

Senior Research Associate
International Professor of Plant Breeding &
Genetics (adjunct)

Departments of International Programs and Plant Breeding Genetics
Areas of interest: the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project—a global effort mitigating the threat of wheat stem rust; exploring the controversy around agricultural biotechnology especially in developing countries

David Dieterich

David Dieterich

Executive-in-Residence and Senior Director, Strategic Collaborations

Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF)
Areas of interest: crosscutting research management

Bill Drake

William Drake

Bill Drake

Senior Extension Associate

Department of Applied Economics and Management
Area of interest: the development and execution of executive education programs for the food industry

Huaizhu Oliver Gao

Huaizhu Oliver Gao

Associate Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest: transportation and environment/energy systems; mobile emissions inventory and air quality modeling; environment and energy impacts of alternative transportation (fuel, engine, infrast.) technologies, methodological: statistics/econometrics, mathmatical modeling & operations research, experimental; and environmental economics and complex networks of renewable energy supply chain

Kifle Gebremedhin

Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest: animal thermal stress physiology, development of models of animal bio-energetics (heat and mass transfer), animal-environment interaction, and fluid and structural mechanics.

Julio Giordano

Julio Giordano

Julio Giordano

Assistant Professor

Department of Animal Science
Areas of interest: dairy cattle reproductive physiology, management, and the implications of reproductive performance on the economics of dairy farms

Miguel Gómez

Miguel Gómez

Miguel Gómez

Associate Professor

Department of Applied Economics and Management
Areas of interest: Food Marketing and Distribution, Price Analysis, Applied Industrial Organization

Curt Gooch

Curt Gooch

Senior Extension Associate

Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest: dairy environmental systems, dairy sustainability

Michael Gore

Michael Gore

Michael Gore

Associate Professor

Department of Plant Breeding Genetics
Areas of interest: development and application of quantitative genetics and genomics approaches to understand the genetic basis of crop nutritional quality; high-throughput phenotyping of crop metabolite traits that promote human health; biofortification of staple crops.

Robert Gravani

Robert Gravani

Robert Gravani

Professor
Director of the National Good Agricultural Practices Program

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: food safety; sanitation; GMPs; prerequisite programs and HACCP in all sectors of the food system

Phillip Griffiths

Phillip Griffiths

Phillip Griffiths

Associate Professor

Departments of Horticulture and Plant Breeding Genetics
Areas of interest: breeding for resistance to economically important disease and environmental stress constraints of vegetable crops

Yrjo T. Grohn

Yrjo T. Grohn

James Law Professor of Epidemiology

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Areas of interest: mathematical modeling of foodborne and zoonotic infectious diseases; optimizing health and management decisions

Rod Hawkes

Rod Hawkes

Senior Extension Associate

Department of Applied Economics and Management
Areas of interest: food marketing and distribution, food industry

Kathie Hodge

Kathie Hodge

Kathie Hodge

Associate Professor

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Areas of interest: the diversity and ecology of molds and other fungi.  In food systems, molds and yeasts are important spoilage organisms, and may contaminate foods with mycotoxins. My lab studies these molds, in particular those that are capable of growth in extreme environments.

Jean Hunter

Jean Hunter

Jean Hunter

Associate Professor
and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest: bioprocess and food engineering, with applications including space life support

Yong L. Joo

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Areas of interest: integration of continuum analysis with molecular details in polymeric materials processing

Quirine Ketterings

Department of Animal Science
Areas of interest: improve understanding of nutrient release and risk for runoff and leaching losses from inorganic and organic amendments as affected by soil type, hydrology, time and rate of application, and the use of specific soil and fertilizer amendments

Kathy La Tour

Kathy La Tour

Associate Professor

School of Hotel Administration
Areas of interest: marketing communications, consumer sensory memory, marketing research, brand positioning, customer experience, gaming, wine appreciation

Xin Gen Lei

Department of Animal Science
Areas of interest: molecular nutrition of selenium and functional genomics of antioxidant enzymes; overexpress and engineer phytases and proteases for improving mineral (P, Ca, Fe, and Zn) and protein nutrition and to protect environmental pollution of animal waste; global food and nutrition security, along with exploring new biofuel sources

Rui Hai Liu

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: health benefits of phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables and whole grains; food genomics and functional foods for disease prevention and health promotion targeted at cancers, aging, and inflammatory diseases;  natural products and herbal formulations for antiviral activity to hepatitis B and C.

Timothy Martinson

Timothy Martinson

Timothy Martinson

Senior Extension Associate

CALS Cooperative Extension
Areas of interest: collaborative vineyard trials and surveys in commercial vineyards of NY; addressing sustainable production, soil health, grapevine virus incidence and management; impact of cultural practices and climate on fruit quality

Neil Mattson

Neil Mattson

Neil Mattson

Associate Professor

Department of Horticulture
Areas of interest: understand the influence of environmental factors and cultural practices on the physiology, development, and biochemical characteristics of greenhouse crops

Murray McBride

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Areas of interest: micronutrient and toxic metal transfer from soils into food crops, including vegetables, fruits and grains. I’m interested in urban gardening and farming, methods of reducing contaminants (metals, other xenobiotic chemicals) in urban-grown foods, and in remediation of polluted soils.

Saurabh Mehta

Saurabh Mehta

Assistant Professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Nutrition

Division of Nutritional Sciences
Areas of interest: large randomized controlled trials with nutritional interventions, longitudinal perinatal cohort studies, active surveillance projects for Tuberculosis and Dengue, and small focused laboratory studies to identify immunological and nutritional predictors of response to Tuberculosis treatment.

Carmen Moraru

Carmen Moraru

Carmen Moraru

Associate Professor

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: studying and optimizing food processing methods capable of enhancing product safety, quality and shelf life; understand the effect of surface nanoscale topography on microbial attachment and use this understanding to develop microbial repellant surfaces; understanding the intermolecular interactions and structural transformations that occur during processing and their effect on the quality and functionality of dairy foods.

Motoko Mukai

Motoko Mukai

Motoko Mukai

Assistant Professor

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: how Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs)  that are ubiquitously detected in the environment and our diet, affect our health especially in the development of obesity and other endocrine related diseases such as thyroid diseases

Steven Murphy

Steven Murphy

Steven Murphy

Senior Extension Associate

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: dairy product quality & safety, dairy microbiology, standard dairy laboratory procedures, sensory evaluation of fluid milk and cottage cheese

Martha Mutschler-Chu

Department of Plant Breeding Genetics
Areas of interest: the genetic control of novel traits derived from wild species, the genetic control/physiological mechanisms underlying these novel traits and their use in vegetable improvement

Sam Nugen

Sam Nugen

Associate Professor

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: Rapid detection of pathogens; biosensors; lateral flow assays; bacteriophages; sample preparation

Daryl Van Nydam

Daryl Van Nydam

Associate Professor

Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Science
Areas of interest: production animal agriculture and public health at the population level - with an emphasis on dairy cattle

Jan Nyrop

Department Entomology
Area of Interest: Biological Control; Horticulture; Introductory Biology; Invasive Species; Pest Management

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Professor and Chair

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: adding value and safety to agricultural commodities with an emphasis on developing new products/processes, improving or retaining quality in processed foods, increasing economic viability of farm-based ventures, and identifying the key the factors that affect the safety of specialty foods manufactured by small-scale processors

Jeffrey Perry

Jeffrey Perry

Jeffrey Perry

Senior Lecturer

Department of Horticulture
Areas of interest: to work with agriculture businesses and producers across the state to develop or facilitate business plan development with the intent of adding gross revenue and or sales to the agriculture industry across New York State

Max Pfeffer

Department of Development Sociology
Areas of interest: rural labor markets, international migration, land use and environmental planning

Anusuya Rangarajan

Anusuya Rangarajan

Anusuya Rangarajan

Senior Extension Associate

Department of Horticulture
Areas of interest: sustainability of vegetable production systems, designed to address constraints that exist regardless of farm size, approach and scale

Joe Regenstein

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: Kosher and halal food issues with a current focus on religious slaughter; total utilization of fish with a current emphasis on fish gelatin; meat science; protein chemistry; product development; animal welfare; food waste management; food safety of GMOs; benefits of factory farming

Bradley Rickard

Bradley Rickard

Bradley Rickard

Associate Professor

Department of Applied Economics and Management
Areas of Interest: analysis of agricultural markets; implications of policies applied to food and agricultural products; economic issues facing the horticultural industry; impacts of technological changes in agriculture

Syed Rizvi

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: physical, chemical and engineering aspects of food and related biomaterials; international developments

Gavin Sacks

Gavin Sacks

Gavin Sacks

Associate Professor

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: understanding the enological and viticultural parameters that shape wine flavor from vine to bottle

Todd M. Schmit

Todd Schmit

Todd M. Schmit

Associate Professor

Department of Applied Economics and Management
Areas of interest: improving agribusiness firms marketing and management skills that lead to improved decision making, firm performance, and industry viability

Christina Stark

Christina Stark

Senior Extension Associate

Department of Nutritional Science
Areas of interest: providing continuing professional education to practitioners worldwide using distance technology, primarily in the areas of childhood obesity prevention and global health including infant and young child feeding

Elad Tako

Elad Tako

Courtesy Assistant Professor

USDA Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health
Areas of interest: utilization of cellular and animal models to assess dietary mineral bioavailability (including iron and zinc) in standard and biofortified food crops (including maize, beans, wheat and lentil); developing new physiological biomarkers to assess zinc status; better understanding the cellular pathways that participate and/or control iron and zinc intestinal absorption; micronutrient deficiencies and intestinal microbiota; Nutrigenomics- nutrient and genes interactions.

Jeffrey Varner

Jeffrey Varner

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Areas of interest: development of physiochemical modeling tools that can be used to rationally reprogram signal flow in human signal transduction networks

Olena Vatamaniuk

Olena Vatamaniuk

Olena Vatamaniuk

Associate Professor

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Areas of interest: functional genomics of mineral nutrient homeostasis (e.g. iron, copper and zinc), toxic metal detoxification (e.g. cadmium and arsenic), crosstalk between essential and toxic elements with focus on the development of biofortification strategies and “toxic metal-safe” staple crops with increased density of nutritious elements while decreased concentration of noxious elements in edible tissues; use of non-mammalian models (a nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans) to study distribution of essential and nonessential elements in tissues with a goal of establishing primary sites of heavy metal injury, prevention and treatment heavy metal poisonings in humans.

M. Todd Walter

M. Todd Walter

Professor and Director of the Water Resources Institute

Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest: environmental fluid mechanics, contaminant transport, cold-regions hydrology, watershed modeling, environmental biophysics, watershed biogeochemistry, environmental engineering, eco-hydrology

Ross Welch

Ross Welch

Courtesy Professor

USDA Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health
Area of interest: linking agriculture to human nutrition and health using sustainable food-based systems approaches; biofortifying staple food crops that feed resource-poor people in the developing world using plant breeding and agronomic strategies; understanding the role of gut microbiota on gut health and micronutrient bioavailability from plant foods. 

Martin Wiedmann

Martin Wiedmann

Martin Wiedmann

Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety

Department of Food Science
Areas of interest: to develop and communicate the scientific knowledge needed to prevent and control foodborne and zoonotic diseases caused by bacteria

Peter Wright

Department of Animal Science
Area of interest: Anaerobic Digestion, Alternative Energy, Engineering Design, Manure Management, Agricultural Environmental Management

Andrew Yen

Andrew Yen

Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Areas of interest: the mechanism of action of vitamin A, in particular we use molecular biological approaches to gain molecular  mechanistic insight into how the vitamin A acts as a cancer chemopreventive agent and as a cancer chemotherapeutic agent in differentiation therapy.

Roseanna N. Zia

Roseanna N. Zia

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Areas of interest: understand and elucidate the micro-mechancical underpinnings of macroscopic material behaviors in complex fluids and other soft matter, with a focus on non-equilibrium systems