Jennifer C. Acuff

Jennifer C. Acuff

Assistant Professor

(DREX)-Director Experiment Station

(FDSC)-Food Science

Phone: 479-575-4605

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Ph.D. - Virginia Tech (Food Science)

M.S. - Kansas State University (Food Science)

B.S. - Abilene Christian University (Biology)


Dr. Acuff’s research investigates strategies to improve fresh and processed food safety. The primary goals of Dr. Acuff’s laboratory research are to:

  1. Develop and evaluate thermal and nonthermal interventions to inactivate foodborne pathogens on low moisture foods,
  2. Integrate research and Cooperative Extension efforts to answer food safety problems unique to local food processors, and
  3. Provide novel solutions for local and national meat processors that address concerns related to pre- and post-harvest food safety, such as probiotics and environmental control of Shiga toxin-producing E. coliCampylobacter and Salmonella spp. within processing facilities.

Food Microbiology - Lecture (FDSC 4122/5122; BIOL 4122) and Lab (FDSC 4121L/5121L)