Faculty Directory

Department of Food Science and Nutrition
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Main Office: 612-624-1290
Fax: 612-625-5272
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Departmental Faculty

Name Area of Expertise Email

George Annor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

General Mills Endowed Professor in Cereal Chemistry and Technology
Cereal Science and Technology


David Baumler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Food-borne pathogens, food fermentations, metabolism of ancient/ancestral microorganisms dbaumler@umn.edu

Steven Bowden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Food-borne pathogens, microbial stress responses, bacterial genetics, bacterial virulence sbowden@umn.edu

Chi Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Metabolomics, nutritional biochemistry, xenobiotic metabolism, toxicology chichen@umn.edu

Xiaoli Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

General Mills Chair in Genomics for Healthful Foods, Director of Nutrition Graduate Studies
Molecular nutrition and metabolism, obesity, Type-2 diabetes
Ryan B. Cox, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Processed meat technology, value-added animal product processing and safety, pre-harvest effects on meat quality ryancox@umn.edu
A. Saari Csallany, Ph.D.
Food chemistry and nutritional biochemistry, free radical induced oxidative degradation of fatty acids ascsalla@umn.edu
Joellen Feirtag, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Food Science Graduate Studies
Extension Food Safety Specialist
Daniel D. Gallaher, Ph.D.
Diet and colon cancer, health benefits of dietary fibers including prebiotics, iron bioavailability dgallahe@umn.edu
Craig A. Hassel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Extension Nutritionist
Community and cross-cultural engagement, decolonizing food and nutrition sciences
Baraem (Pam) Ismail, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Food Science Major Coordinator
Protein ingredient chemistry, functionality of plant protein ingredients, food analytical chemistry, composition and functionality of sustainable crops
Renee Korczak, Ph.D., RDN
Teaching Assistant Professor
Sports nutrition, whole grains, effects of fiber on human health korcz005@umn.edu
Mindy S. Kurzer, Ph.D.
Director, UMN Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute mkurzer@umn.edu
Theodore P. Labuza, Ph.D.
Food shelf life testing, food safety risks and technology, food texture and glass transition, food quality, food engineering tplabuza@umn.edu
Allen S. Levine, Ph.D.
Director, Minnesota Obesity Center
Neural regulation of food intake, brain circuitry involved in rewarding properties of food
P. Kumar Mallikarjunan, Ph.D.
Food process engineering kumarpm@umn.edu
Leonard F. Marquart, Ph.D., RD
Associate Professor
Whole grains, food systems lmarquar@umn.edu
Lloyd E. Metzger, Ph.D.
Director, Midwest Dairy Center
Cheese technology, dairy products processing
Charles Muscoplat, Ph.D.
Nutrigenomics cmuscop@umn.edu

Daniel J. O'Sullivan, Ph.D.

Lactic acid bacteria, bifidobacteria, gut microbiome dosulliv@umn.edu
Marla M. Reicks, Ph.D.
Extension Nutritionist
Behavior change interventions to prevent childhood obesity, emphasis on low-income ethnically diverse families
Gary A. Reineccius, Ph.D.
Interim Department Head
Encapsulation innovation, flavor research
Moon-Suhn Ryu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Metals biology, molecular nutrition mryu@umn.edu
Tonya C. Schoenfuss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dairy products and ingredient chemistry and technology tschoenf@umn.edu
Joanne L. Slavin, Ph.D., RD
Dietary fiber, dietary guidance, agriculture/family farming jslavin@umn.edu
Chery F. Smith, Ph.D., MPH
Eating behavior, community nutrition, food systems, dietary acculturation, international nutrition csmith@umn.edu
David E. Smith, Ph.D.
Major Coordinator for Nutrition Undergraduate Program
Value-added dairy products, food processing and engineering
Zata M. Vickers, Ph.D.
Director, Sensory Center
Food acceptability (liking, flavor, satiety)


Adjunct/Affiliate Faculty

Name Position/Title Email
William A. Atwell Adjunct Assistant Professor atwel001@umn.edu
Sumana Bell Adjunct Assistant Professor sbell14@umn.edu
Tammy Butterick Adjunct Assistant Professor butte017@umn.edu
Ryan C. Fink Adjunct Assistant Professor rcfink@umn.edu
Willie Hendrickson Adjunct Professor whendrickson@aveko.com
Satya Jonnalagadda Adjunct Associate Professor ssjonnal@umn.edu
Catherine M. Kotz Adjunct Professor kotzx004@umn.edu
Jillian K. Lampert Adjunct Assistant Professor jcroll@umn.edu
Alessandra Marti Adjunct Assistant Professor  amarti@umn.edu
Serpil Metin Adjunct Assistant Professor serpil_metin@cargill.com
Joshua P. Nixon Adjunct Assistant Professor nixon049@umn.edu
Christine Nowakowski Adjunct Assistant Professor cnowako@umn.edu
Pawel Olszewski Adjunct Associate Professor olsze005@umn.edu
Claudio Perez Leighton Adjunct Assistant Professor perez087@umn.edu
Susan K. Raatz Ajdunct Professor raatz001@umn.edu
Mary K. Schmidl Adjunct Professor mschmidl@umn.edu
Alice C. Shapiro Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health shapi013@umn.edu
Vijai Shukla Adjunct Professor gamma1948@hotmail.com
Patricia Splett Adjunct Associate Professor splet004@umn.edu
Jennifer A. Teske Adjunct Assistant Professor teskeja@umn.edu
ChuanFeng Wang Affiliate Professor cwang@umn.edu
Holly Willis Adjunct Assistant Professor hjwillis@stkate.edu