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Renata Carneiro

Research Assistant Professor
Renata Carneiro
402-A HABB1 (0924)
1230 Washington Street SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061



  • Ph.D., Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech, 2021 
  • Graduate Certificate, Future Professoriate, Virginia Tech, 2021
  • Graduate Certificate, Interdisciplinary Water and Health Science, Virginia Tech, 2021
  • M.B.A., Project Management, University of São Paulo, 2019
  • M.S., Life Sciences - Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech, 2016
  • B.S., Food Engineering, Federal University of Viçosa, 2011

Professional Appointments

2023 – Present: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

2021 – 2023: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

2021: Postdoctoral Researcher, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

2017 – 2018: R&D Project Coordinator/R&D Analyst, Neovia group, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Tres Corações, MG, Brazil

2012 – 2014: Junior Quality Assurance Analyst, Cacau Show, Itapevi, SP, Brazil


  • Pink Boots Society, Member, 2023 - Present
  • Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA), Board member, 2021 – 2023
  • Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Member, 2014 – Present
  • Phi Tau Sigma, The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology, Lifetime Member since 2021
  • Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, Lifetime member since 2021
  • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Member, 2020 – 2021

Research Interests

My research interests include the application of sensory and consumer science as well as the application of food and flavor chemistry to guide sustainable development and production of high-quality food crops, new foods and beverages with economic benefit for local farmers and business. I am also interested in cyberbiosecurity efforts to protect farms and food businesses from cyber attacks.