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Faculty Directory

Department of Food Science and Nutrition
1334 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Main Office: 612-624-1290
Fax: 612-625-5272
Staff Directory (PDF)

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

Steven Bowden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Food-borne pathogens, microbial stress responses, bacterial genetics, bacterial virulence

Chi Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Metabolomics, nutritional biochemistry, xenobiotic metabolism, toxicology

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
A. Saari Csallany, Ph.D.
Food chemistry and nutritional biochemistry, free radical induced oxidative degradation of fatty acids
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
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
Mindy S. Kurzer, Ph.D.
Director, UMN Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
Theodore P. Labuza, Ph.D.
Food shelf life testing, food safety risks and technology, food texture and glass transition, food quality, food engineering
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
Leonard F. Marquart, Ph.D., RD
Associate Professor
Whole grains, food systems
Lloyd E. Metzger, Ph.D.
Director, Midwest Dairy Center
Cheese technology, dairy products processing
Charles Muscoplat, Ph.D.

Daniel J. O'Sullivan, Ph.D.

Lactic acid bacteria, bifidobacteria, gut microbiome
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
Tonya C. Schoenfuss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dairy products and ingredient chemistry and technology
Joanne L. Slavin, Ph.D., RD
Dietary fiber, dietary guidance, agriculture/family farming
Chery F. Smith, Ph.D., MPH
Eating behavior, community nutrition, food systems, dietary acculturation, international nutrition
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
Sumana Bell Adjunct Assistant Professor
Tammy Butterick Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ryan C. Fink Adjunct Assistant Professor
Willie Hendrickson Adjunct Professor
Satya Jonnalagadda Adjunct Associate Professor
Catherine M. Kotz Adjunct Professor
Jillian K. Lampert Adjunct Assistant Professor
Alessandra Marti Adjunct Assistant Professor
Serpil Metin Adjunct Assistant Professor
Joshua P. Nixon Adjunct Assistant Professor
Christine Nowakowski Adjunct Assistant Professor
Pawel Olszewski Adjunct Associate Professor
Claudio Perez Leighton Adjunct Assistant Professor
Susan K. Raatz Ajdunct Professor
Mary K. Schmidl Adjunct Professor
Alice C. Shapiro Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Vijai Shukla Adjunct Professor
Patricia Splett Adjunct Associate Professor
Jennifer A. Teske Adjunct Assistant Professor
ChuanFeng Wang Affiliate Professor
Holly Willis Adjunct Assistant Professor