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Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education

Dr. Kofi Adu-Nyako
Consumer behavior, and applications to food consumption, food security and health; international economic development and trade.

Dr. Antoine Alston
Research:
The impact of instructional technology and distance learning in agricultural education; how secondary agricultural education teachers utilize the tools of instructional technology to help improve the learning outcomes of agriculture students; inclusiveness within agricultural education learning environments, particularly as it relates to minority populations.

Dr. Godfrey Ejimakor
Research:
Economics of energy crops; economics of horticultural and floricultural products; energy, environmental and natural resource economics, commodity markets and risk analysis, agricultural policy.

Dr. Paula Faulkner
Research:
teacher education, working with individuals with special needs, diversity education

Dr. Benjamin Gray
Research:
Health care, poverty, social changes and rural development, community and rural leadership, and other sociological issues affecting rural America; use of the scientific method to show the differences that exist in the quality of life between rural and urban populations.

Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-Moore
Research:
Rural entrepreneurship (adults and youth); international markets for small-farm commodities; the economics of value-added crops and the economics of invasive species; market analysis of organic produce in North Carolina; career development of minorities in food and agribusiness industries.

Dr. Terrence Thomas
Research:
Study of the organization and role of civil society and local organizations, including farmers’ organizations and Extension systems in advancing community development, environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture; social problem solving, decision-making and network analysis; models of international education and the formation of global competence, the analysis of students’, faculty and community attitudes toward international education.

Dr. Chastity Warren English
Research:
Youth development, leadership, diversity representation in agricultural education, teacher education.

Dr. Anthony Yeboah
Research:
Competitiveness and profitability of small-scale agricultural production, efficient use of resources in the production process.

Dr. Osei Yeboah
Research:
Environmental economics and nonmarket valuation; international trade economics and international marketing; agricultural marketing and cooperatives; applied econometrics, general equilibrium modeling and policy; production economics.
 

Animal Sciences

Dr. John W. Allen
Research:
Analysis and study of bacterial Fc receptors and the non-specific binding of mammalian immunoglobulins; the resistance of Gram-negative Bacteria to Beta-Lactam antibiotics: The emergence of Enterotoxigenic E. coli and their impact on swine production.

Dr. Radiah Minor
Research:
Use of cell and molecular biology coupled with in vitro and in vivo models to investigate immune regulation of animals and humans. Affect of beta-glucan supplements and mushrooms on the immune response of chickens and pigs. Developing a mouse model to investigate allergic asthma in farm workers.

Dr. Sang Hyon Oh
Research:
Optimization of inbreeding in the closed population; statistical animal breeding and statistics with application to real cases and projects; breeding value estimation and genetic parameter prediction with a variety of software packages including MTDF Reml, DxMrr, Remlf90 and SAS; outdoor pig management

Dr. Jenora Waterman
Research:
Research efforts are geared toward elucidating environmental and proteomic influences on the pathophysiology of respiratory diseases, particularly asthma and chronic bronchitis.  Use of comparative genomics/proteomics and translational medicine approaches to study inflammation, oxidant stress and hyperreactivity in the airways of laboratory and farm animals, and humans. Model systems include fully differentiated primary airway epithelial cells and cell lines (e.g., from mice, pigs and humans) maintained in a unique air-liquid interface culturing system.  Cells grown in this manner are essentially identical to cells in the body with regard to structure and function.  Other activities include cell culture medium formulation development and airway tissue engineering for clinical applications.

Dr. Willie Willis
Research:
Efforts to develop products and strategies to reduce or eliminate foodborne pathogens in poultry products at the production level; investigating alternatives to conventional antibiotics in poultry; alternative feeds, especially those utilizing exotic mushroom species; antibiotic resistant bacteria; foodborne pathogens, especially Salmonella sp. and Campylobacter jejuni in poultry environments.

Dr, Abraham Woldeghebriel
Research:
Animal nutrition and the interplay between bio-availability of nutrients and physiological processes and responses of all livestock animals; currently investigating the role of prebiotic-factors and foods on gastro-intestinal health, using pigs as a model.

Dr. Malumebet “Millie” Worku
Research: 
Deciphering gene expression patterns in inflammatory diseases, especially mastitis, and characterizing natural defenses at the molecular and cellular level, and characterizing the role of inflammatory mediators. Seeking new strategies to modulate the inflammatory response, reduce antibiotic contamination, and improve milk quality and animal health.

Family and Consumer Sciences

         
Dr. Ipek Goktepe
Research:
Shelf-life extension of fresh produce; use of biocontrol agents including bacteriophages to inhibit the growth of foodborne pathogens; evaluation of select plants for antimicrobial and anticarcinogenic activities; determination of toxicological effects of agricultural pesticides; developing food safety and quality programs specifically designed for fresh produce growers.
 
Dr. Salam Ibrahim
Research:
Functional foods with emphasis on probiotic cultures and plant extracts; viability and functionality of probiotic cultures in food products; use of lactic acid bacteria as protective and starter cultures in foods; quality and consumer acceptability of dairy foods; food safety; utilization of microbial enzymes for the bioconversion of agricultural byproducts into value added ingredients; detection and impact of select agents from complex dairy food matrices.

Dr. Patricia Lynch
Research:
Overweight/obesity in adolescents and adults; sensory perception in renal dysfunction; behavior modification in disordered eating; health disparities and chronic disease; eating behavior influences in early childhood.

Dr. Jane Walker
Research:
Leadership development with emphasis on development process in underserved populations in rural areas, community-based leadership, student leadership assessment and development, student experiential learning, community-based leadership, assessment of leadership behaviors, collaboration and team building, and consumer behavior related to textiles and apparel.

Dr. Jianme Yu
Research:
Food chemistry and food enzymology with emphasis on food component stability, food ingredient interaction and their effects on food product development; improvement of food quality and safety by postharvest technology; functional foods and nutraceuticals with emphasis on bioactive compound extraction, purification, identification and product development; antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of plant extracts in food system; anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effect of bioactive compounds.

Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies
at the North Carolina Research Campus

Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna, director
Research:
Food chemistry/biochemistry with emphasis on functional foods; statistical modeling of chemical and physical properties of foods and their relationship to consumer acceptability; value-added utilization of agricultural/food by-products, use of multimedia and the Internet in food science research and teaching.

Dr. Guibing Chen, lead scientist
Research:
Functional foods, food safety, fresh produce packaging, food processing, development of submicron biopolymer composites and high water containing microgel capsules for carrying bioactive compounds in functional foods; dietary fiber-rich extruded cereal products; mathematical modeling of food processing.

Dr. Leonard Williams, lead scientist, food safety
Research:
Food safety, molecular food microbiology and epidemiology of food borne pathogens isolated from foods; non-thermal process for inactivation of foodborne pathogens; identification, characterization, genotyping and source-tracking of antimicrobial resistant bacteria from the farm to the fork; examining the host-pathogen interaction, virulence response and mechanisms of inactivation of bacteria against phytochemical extracts.

Dr. Shengmin Sang, lead scientist, bioactive food components
Research:
Functional foods and bioactive food components focusing on 1) purification and structure elucidation of bioactive components from functional foods and herbal medicine; 2) bioavailability and biotransformation studies of bioactive food components in rodents and in humans; 3) targeted metabolic approach to study dietary exposure biomarkers; and 4) efficacy studies using in vitro and in vivo models on the prevention of cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Natural Resources and Environmental Design

Dr. Arona Diouf
Research:
Water quality and treatment, tracking traces of ancient life and environments through the biogenic “fingerprints”, global environmental issues, climate change policy analysis and capacity development, environmental policies and regulations, risk assessment and prevention in hazardous areas, globalization and human development, natural resources valorization and sustainability, designed a patented finding called “MRM” - Magnetic Remediation Method of biogenic metals from petroleum and aqueous reservoirs using an applied magnetic field.

Dr. Godfrey Gayle
Research:
Soil and water conservation, food and water security, sustainability in small farm systems, soil-water-plant interactions, low cost irrigation systems; soil and water conservation engineering to include ground water, agricultural sustainability in developing countries and limited resource farms in the U.S., water needs and uses for bio-fuels crop such as sorghum and sugarcane.

Dr. Omon Isikhuemhen
Research:
Medicinal and edible mushroom breeding and industrial production technologies, fungi and their application in food, agriculture, and environmental problems; mushroom domestication; biotechnological approaches to truffle detection and inoculation on seedlings; white rot fungi mediated biodegradation/modification; lignocellulosics from plant biomass; development of mushroom products for use in animal production.

Dr. Louis Jackai
Research:
Study of insect-plant interactions; insect nutritional ecology; Integrated Pest Management in crop and urban/household systems; post-harvest resource management and protection, food and environmental safety from a pesticide use perspective; alternatives to pesticides.

Dr. Charles Raczkowski
Research:
Soil and water quality; soil water dynamics; soil and water conservation; soil management and crop production.

Dr. G.B. Reddy
Research:
Carbon sequestration and carbon dioxide fluxes that affect climate change in different agricultural systems; constructed wetlands use for wastewater treatment; developing wastewater treatment technologies; bio-char characterization and standardization.

Dr. M.R. Reddy
Research:
Nutrient management in cropping systems: environmental soil chemistry; bio-fuel crops and biomass energy; sustainable soil fertility and cropping systems. 

Dr. Manuel Reyes
Research:
Water quality modeling in watersheds, conservation agriculture, agroforestry, permaculture, rain and home gardens, soil and water conservation engineering

Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazi
Research:
Bioenergy and bioprocess engineering, production of biofuels (bio-ethanol and biodiesel) and value added products, including organic acids and enzymes; development and management of integrated energy systems with a focus on renewable energy and agricultural waste utilization, international development and training with an emphasis in the use of solar and bioenergy with experience in Brazil, Jamaica, Senegal and South Africa; advisor on North Carolina biofuels policy through membership in Biofuels Center of North Carolina, past chair of the board for NC Sustainable Energy Association which involved development of public policy for sustainable energy and environment; served on N.C. Environmental Review Commission, and co-author of North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership commissioned by N.C. General Assembly.

Dr. Lijun Wang
Research:
Bioenergy technologies, bio-based products, and energy efficiency and management in processing facilities;  licensed professional engineer in chemical engineering and certified energy manager, with a broad array of expertise and experience in cellulosic ethanol fermentation, biomass gasification, extrusion of biodegradable plastics, extraction of nutraceuticals from plant materials, unit operations of food processing, value-added processing of food and agricultural wastes, energy efficiency technologies, and energy management. For more about Dr. Wang’s research, please visit his website: http://www.ncat.edu/~lwang

Dr. Guochen Yang
Research:
Plant biotechnology and tissue culture/micropropagation; genetic transformation and using applied plant biotechnology techniques for economic development and rescue of endangered species, mass-propagation of rare species; rapid multiplication of those plant species with high economic value, and using tissue culture techniques to produce bioactive compounds and plant-based medicines and nutraceuticals; genetic transformation for bio-fuel production and value-added crops.

 

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