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Through cutting edge and industry-relevant research, we provide real-world solutions for protecting public health, enhancing food quality and safety, and making technological advancements across a variety of fields.

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FST alumni have occupied the highest positions across food safety, epidemiology, cellular agriculture, flavor chemistry, and more. Around the world, we're making an impact.


We operate at the forefront of innovative food science research, including many emerging areas that didn't exist only a few years ago. Together with partners in industry, academia, and government, we're committed to improving life for communities in Virginia, the U.S., and across the globe.

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Our Research Portfolio Includes

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Food Safety and Microbiology

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Food and Flavor Chemistry

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Sensory
Science

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Food
Engineering

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Enology and Brewing Science

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Food and Beverage Fermentations

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Functional Foods for Health

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Aquaculture

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Education and Extension

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Food Processing and Packaging

Recruiting Faculty

Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual professors with matching research interests.

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    Alexis Hamilton
    Alexis M. Hamilton , bio

    Assistant Professor: Food Processing Microbiology

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    Amanda Stewart
    Amanda Stewart , bio

    Associate Professor: Food and Beverage Fermentation

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    Dr. David Kuhn
    David Kuhn , bio

    Associate Professor: Seafood Quality, Seafood Safety, Aquaculture Research and Outreach programs

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    Dennis Cladis
    Dennis Cladis , bio

    Assistant Professor: Phytochemistry and Functional Foods

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    Haibo Huang
    Haibo Huang , bio

    Associate Professor: Food Processing, Fermentation Engineering, Process Simulation and Economic Analysis

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    Jacob Lahne
    Jacob Lahne , bio

    Associate Professor: Sensory Evaluation

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    Laura Strawn
    Laura K. Strawn , bio

    Associate Professor: Food Microbiology, Produce Safety

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    Lester Schonberger
    Lester Schonberger , bio

    Associate Extension Specialist: Food Safety Education, Food Donation

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    Dr. Monica Ponder
    Monica Ponder , bio

    Professor: Microbiology

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    Rachel Alessandra Cheng
    Rachel Cheng , bio

    Assistant Professor: Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Foodborne Illness Virulence and Disease Severity, Host-Pathogen Interactions of Foodborne Pathogens

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    Dr. Renee Raiden Boyer
    Renee Boyer , bio

    Department Head; Professor and Extension Specialist: Food Safety, Outreach

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    Yifan Cheng
    Yifan Cheng , bio

    Assistant Professor: Food Packaging, Food Process Engineering, Food Safety, Antimicrobial Nanostructures for Food Contact Surfaces, Intelligent Packaging