Faculty Directory

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Department of Food Science and Nutrition
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Main Office: 612-624-1290
Fax: 612-301-3191

Name Areas of Interest Email
Jayendra Amamcharla
Ph.D., Associate Professor of Dairy Fractionation and Separation Science, Director, Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center (MDFRC), Director, J.J. Warthesen Food Processing Center
  • Membrane processing
  • Functional modification of milk proteins
  • Dairy-derived ingredients
  • Physical properties of dairy foods
  • Micro- and nano-bubbles in dairy processing
[email protected]
George Annor
Ph.D., Associate Professor , General Mills Endowed Professor in Cereal Chemistry and Technology
  • Non-thermal modifications of cereals and cereal products
  • Cereal grain quality and functionality
  • Ingredient interactions in cereals (Starch-protein-lipid interactions)
  • Starch structure and digestibility
  • Gluten/Proteins
  • β-glucan functionality
  • Phenolics/Antioxidants
[email protected]
Steven Bowden
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Genetic characterization of foodborne pathogens in foods and food environments.
  • Biological control of foodborne pathogens using intrinsic microorganisms to exclude pathogens.
  • Bacteriophage isolation, characterization and bioengineering as targeted antimicrobials.
[email protected]
Francis Busta
Professor Emeritus
  • food safety microbiology
  • food defense against intentional contamination
  • environmental stress on microorganisms
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Chi Chen
Ph.D., Professor
  • Mechanistic investigations on the metabolic changes induced by dietary, chemical, microbial, and pathophysiological challenges through mass-spec metabolomics, metabolite analysis, stable isotope tracing, in vitro biochemical analysis, animal model, and human intervention treatment.
  • Metabolite profiling and analysis in the lab cover both endogenous metabolites (lipids, amino acids, organic acids, aldehydes, ketones, and microbial metabolites) and exogenous metabolites (phytochemicals, pharmaceuticals, carcinogens, and their metabolites) in biofluids, wastes, tissue and cell extracts
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Xiaoli Chen
Ph.D., Professor, General Mills Chair in Genomics for Healthful Foods
  • The molecular mechanisms underlying adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity and during aging.
  • The molecular mechanisms by which dietary components regulate energy metabolism and prevent metabolic diseases.
  • The dietary regulation of aging and aging-related metabolic diseases.
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Ryan B Cox
Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Value-added animal product processing and safety
  • Feeding biofuel by-products to livestock and effect on meat quality and safety
  • Pre-harvest effects on meat quality: The effect of alternative finishing systems on the consumer perception of quality
  • Processed meat technology: Alternative methods to providing safe and wholesome products to the consumer
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Agnes Saari Csallany
Professor Emerita
  • Food chemistry and nutritional biochemistry
  • Free radical induced oxidative degradation of fatty acids, in vitro and in vivo systems, in fats, oil and various lipids
  • Isolation and identification of degradation products with special reference to toxic compounds such as HNE
  • Protective effects of antioxidants with special reference to vitamin E in lipid peroxidation and degradation
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Fernanda F G Dias
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Lipid Chemistry (lipid characterization, lipid oxidation, primary- oxylipins, and secondary volatile oxidation products)
  • Green extraction strategies (use of greener and safer solvents to extract and fractionate food components)
  • Effects of environmentally friendly strategies on lipidomic markers of oil quality, and extractability, bioactivity and bioaccessibility of phytochemicals.
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Joellen Feirtag
Associate Professor Emerita
  • Food safety
  • Food processing
  • Food microbiology
  • Hazard analysis
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Daniel D Gallaher
Ph.D., Professor , Director of Undergraduate Studies in Nutrition
  • Biochemical and Physiological Nutrition
  • Cancer Research
  • Diabetes and obesity
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Craig A Hassel
Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Nutritionist
  • Exploring food and health with cultural communities holding knowledge that does not correspond with Western science perspectives. This work pivots the culture/science relationship as it repositions scientific inquiry alongside ancient, ancestral and experiential understandings of food and health.
  • Creating models of cross-cultural engagement that reform scientific inquiry to be more respectful of diverse ways of knowing. Examples include: 1) Using principles of Chinese medical theory and contemporary sensory analysis to explicate medicinal herb quality; 2) Using indigenous heirloom crop varieties, including wild rice, to explore Indigenous and biomedical worldviews; 3) Faculty development and cross-cultural symposia that embrace multiple worldview orientations.
  • The University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing
  • The Inter-institutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State University
  • The Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • The White Earth Tribal Council
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Leena Hilakivi Clarke
Ph.D., Professor, Hormel Institute
  • Breast Cancer
  • Nutrition, including Maternal Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Epigenetics
  • Inflammation
  • Cancer Immune Microenvironment
  • Gut Microbiota
  • Stress and Cancer
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Kathleen Hill Gallant
Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies - Nutrition
  • Mineral metabolism in kidney disease.
  • Medical nutrition therapy for kidney disease.
  • Phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium.
  • Controlled feeding, metabolic balance, and kinetic studies.
  • Clinical and translational research.
[email protected]
B Pam Ismail
Ph.D., Professor, Founder and Director, Plant Protein Innovation Center, Director of Graduate Studies - Food Science
  • Protein chemistry
  • Structure/function relationship of proteins
  • Sustainable crops for functional ingredients
  • Protein structural characterization using proteomics
  • Optimization of protein extractions following industry feasible approaches
  • Protein functionalization
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Renee Korczak
Ph.D., Teaching Assistant Professor
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Mindy Kurzer
Ph.D., Professor
  • Human nutrition
  • Phytoestrogens
  • Soy
  • Diet and reproductive hormones
  • Estrogen Metabolism in humans
[email protected]
Allen Levine
Professor Emeritus

Neuroregulation of Food Intake and Energy Expenditure

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Kumar Mallikarjunan
Ph.D., Professor
  • Food process engineering, process modeling, and optimization.
  • Non-contact, non-destructive sensing and extraction of phytochemicals. 
  • Electronic nose, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.
  • Novel processing technologies (PEF and Cold Plasma)
  • Dairy processing and characterization
  • Extraction of phytochemicals (MW and Ultrasound)
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Leonard F Marquart
Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Whole grains and health
  • Individual, environmental and behavioral factors influencing barriers, motivators and consumption of whole grain foods
  • Examining the supply chain related to the gradual incorporation of whole grain foods into children’s diets through school foodservice
[email protected]
Daniel J O Sullivan
Ph.D., Professor
  • Genomics of bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria (LAB)
  • Engineering lactic acid bacteria to produce novel enzymes and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs)
  • Gut microbiome and specific health impacts
  • Novel fermented foods for strengthening immune functions
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Marla M Reicks
Ph.D., Professor Emerita
  • Community nutrition education research and programming
  • Eating patterns and physical activity among diverse families
  • Men/father nutrition education
  • Cooking education
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Gary A Reineccius
Professor Emeritus
  • Needs and trends of the industry which have evolved over time
  • Flavor challenges in plant proteins – e.g. off flavors in plant protein isolates, and the chemical reaction of flavor compounds with plant protein isolates.  
  • Encapsulation of food ingredients, emulsions and flavoromics (chemometrics as applied to flavor chemistry)
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Joanne Slavin
Ph.D., RD, Professor
  • Dietary fiber and gut physiology
  • Protein needs across the life cycle
  • Whole grains and sustainable food grade grains
  • Dietary guidance including dietary guidance and nutrient recommendations
  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Food processing and nutrient fortification
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Carbohydrate quality metrics
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David Smith
Professor Emeritus
  • Value-added dairy products, such as milk protein fractions and the addition of prebiotics to dairy products
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Levi Teigen
Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Medical Nutrition Therapy
Nutrition Assessment
Body Composition Technologies
Gut Microbiome
Gut microbiome targeted diet therapies
Metabolic potential of the microbiome and implications for health and disease

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Johan B Ubbink
Ph.D., Professor and Head of Department
  • Science and Technology of High-Solids Foods
  • Processing and characterization of starch-based foods
  • Processing and characterization of (plant) protein-based foods
  • Technology and application of food powders
  • Encapsulation and delivery of bioactive compounds
  • Science-based cooking and culinary development,
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Zata Vickers
PhD., Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Food Science
  • Food acceptability
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