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The Food Science and Technology Department is located in the Food Science building at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street with additional research conducted in the on-campus Fralin Biotechnology Center, the Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB) in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC), and the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hampton.

In March, 2014, the department expanded into the new Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building (HABB1) which is shared with Biological Systems Engineering. The new facility, located across the street from our present building, provides the department with additional laboratories, pilot plant, sensory lab and kitchen facilities, conference rooms, graduate student research spaces and faculty and staff offices. The 88,200 GSF building is the first of four buildings dedicated to the demands of human and agricultural biosciences research and discovery.

The Department programs cover both the basic core areas and specific commodities (enology and aquaculture).  Rather than cover a wide breadth of commodities and disciplines, our emphasis is on areas of critical need to Virginia and where faculty expertise can make the greatest positive impact; specifically, these are food microbiology and safety, food processing and packaging, food chemistry, sensory analysis, food quality and muscle foods (fish and shellfish).

Specific information on our well-equipped laboratories, classrooms, teaching labs and pilot plants can be viewed on our Facilities page.


Department Contact

Joe Marcy
Department Head
22-A Food Science Building
Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Mail Code: 0418

Phone: (540) 231-6806
Fax: (540) 231-9293

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Department Location

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Grid: J-9
Building numbers:

  • Food Science Building: 123
  • Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1: 381

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