Food Chemistry and Functionality
Food chemistry and functionality area focuses on understanding the fundamental mechanisms that influence quality of food, especially rice, soy and their products and by-products.
Department of Food Science faculty conduct studies on chemical transformations of lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins; how these components are affected by specific production, processing, handling and storage techniques; and ways to either enhance or prevent these transformations from occurring.
Food Chemistry and Functionality Researchers:
- Navam Hettiarachchy: applied food proteins, protein chemistry
- Luke Howard: nutrition quality, plant-based foods, bioactive compounds
- Sun-Ok Lee: dietary phytochemicals, bioactive compounds
- Renee Threlfall: enology, viticulture, small-fruit processing
- Ya-Jane Wang : starch structure and functionality, rice chemistry and quality