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Departmental Research

The Department of Food and Animal Sciences has faculty with split teaching and research appointment.  Faculty member primarily utilize the summer term to compose publications, seek funding, conduct workshops and research. 

If you wish to contact individual faculty members concerning potential research collaborations please visit our Faculty Members page to view the various areas of interest listed under each faculty member's name.

Equipment Available for Research

Nutritional Biochemistry Reproductive Physiology
Food Toxicology Food Microbiology
Food Engineering Food Chemistry
Instrumentation Lab Animal Nutrition
Food Biotechnology


Currently Funded Research Projects

        Fakas S. “Regulation of phosphatidic acid phosphatase during lipogenesis in the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica”, NIH ($315,215). Period of Performance 09/01/2017 through 08/31/2020

        Vizcarra, J.A.; Johnson, J. (AU), Verghese, M. (AAMU); Emmerson, D. (Aviagen) and Sunkara, R. (AAMU) “Building Capacity in Poultry Research” USDA ($500,000). Period of Performance 02/01/2017 through 01/31/2020

        Jackson-Davis A.L. "Enhancing the antimicrobial efficacy of organic acid blends to control Salmonella enterica." US POULTRY ($72,000). Period of Performance 08/01/2017 through 08/31/2019

        Vizcarra, J.A. and Einat M. (Israel)  “Poultry models in ghrelin research” USDA ($150,00). Period of Performance 02/15/2016 through 02/14/2018

        Abdelrahim G; Correa J.; Kassama L. "Cochran Program for Pakistan – Livestock Feed and Nutrition" USDA ($42,052). Period of Performance 09/01/2017 through 08/31/2018​

        Abdelrahim G; Kassma L.; Others "Cochran Program for Ethiopia – Farm Management" USDA ($36,773). Period of Performance 09/01/2017 through 08/31/2018

        Vizcarra, J.A. “The Endocrine Center for Obesity Research and Education: Animal Model Systems”  Evans-Allen (Non Competitive, Formula Fund) USDA ($250,000). Period of Performance 01/29/2015 through 12/31/2018

        Southern Training Education, Extension and Technical Assistance Center to Enhance Produce Safety, M. Danyluk, A.L. Jackson-Davis, R. Goodrich Schneider, R. Williams, Others  USDA-NIFA. $1,197,135. 2015 (3 years)

        Building capacity in Food Biotechnology at Alabama A&M University by establishing a new research program in microbial lipid biotechnology, S. Fakas, J Boateng. USDA-NIFA. $300,000. 2015 (3 years)

        Enhancing Underrepresented Food Science Postsecondary Students. Herring, J., Verghese, M., Vizcarra, J., Boateng. J., Kassama, L. Walker, L. USDA. $168,053. 2014 (2 years)

        Determine and develop improved on-farm food safety practices and outreach/educational programs for small and mid-sized conventional and organic growers in the Mid-Atlantic, South and South Central regions consistent with USDA-GAPS and FDA guidelines.  H. Fawzy, J. Schwarz, S. Parveen, B. Rogers, P. Milner, M. Sharma, A.L. Jackson-Davis, D. Davis.  USDA-NIFA.  2014 (4 years)


Past Grants

        Cochran Fellowship in Culinary Arts at Alabama A&M University (USDA) ($78,000) Josh Herring and Martha Verghese

        Standoff Raman Detection of Food Contamination, A. Sharma, A.L. Jackson-Davis, J. Boateng, P. Ruffin.  National Center for Food Protection and Defense, $98,409. 2014 (1.5 years)

        Cochran program for Macedonia on dairy nutrition and genetics.  G. Abdelrahim,  J. Correa,  J. Boateng, L. Kassama. USDA. $19,864.9. 2014 (1 year)

        The Indonesian Feed Formulation Program. G. Abdelrahim, J. Correa,  J. Boateng, L. Kassama. USDA. $20,041. 2014 (1 year)

        Training of Indonesians beef feed lot and dairy nutritionists in the United States G. Abdelrahim, J. Correa,  J. Boateng, L. Kassama.  USDA.   $16,140.58 2014 (1 year)

        Evaluation of multiple-hurdle antimicrobial technologies on inactivation of Escherichia coli O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, O145 and O104:H4 when compared to Escherichia coli O157:H7 in beef trim.  A.L. Jackson-Davis, L. Kassama, J. Luchansky, M. Sharma, M. Joseph.  USDA-NIFA CAP, $50,000. 2013 (1 year)

        Enhancing recruitment and retention in Animal Science to build capacity in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at AAMU. Abdelrahim, G., Correa, J., and Vizcarra, J. USDA. $149,916. 2011 (3 years)

        Strengthening the Small Ruminant Extension Program at Alabama A&M University. Correa, J., Leite-Browning, M., and Spencer, R. USDA. $223,068. 2011 (2 years)

        Vizcarra, J.A. “USDA NIFA MSI awards” USDA ($3,000). Period of Performance 2016

        Boateng, J; Verghese, M; Konan, K; Sharma, G. Training Of Minority Students in the Field of Nutrigenomics and Functional Foods (2013-2017). (USDA-CBG)-Funded-$149,000

        L. Kassama, J. Boateng, M. Verghese. Undergraduate Research to Retain and Graduate Students in STEAM. Thurgood Marshall College (2012-2013). Fund -$10,000- (funded)

        HPL-Based Ethics Education for Life Science and Engineering. Collins, J., Cebert, E., Fraser, R. and Verghese, M.  NSF.  $399,990.  (3 years)

        Building Abilities of Students, Faculty and Alabama A&M University through Workshops in Food & Animal Science.  Herring, J., Abdelrahim, G., Banerjee, P., Boateng, J., Verghese, M., and Vizcarra, J.  USDA. $148,519. 2011 (3 years)

        A National Food Safety Education Program: building a multidisciplinary food safety training pipeline from K-12 to graduate school PI: Wiedmann (Cornell), Co PIs: Verghese, Ramirez, Oliver and Roberts Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Safety program Amount: $5,063,436.00 (5 years)

        Enhancement in Minority Participation in Functional food product development in food science programs.  Verghese, M, Boateng, J., Herring, J., Banerjee, P. and Walker, L. USDA. 2010. $149,976 (3 years) 

        Develop Capacity to Integrate Nanotechnology in the Food Engineering Curriculum at Alabama A & M University, USDA $300,000; PI-L. Kassama, CoPI-M. Verghese, End 2015

        Enhancement of minority student participation in food safety ,  PI: Verghese, P. Banerjee, M, Bhunia, A, Okafor, F, USDA-Amount $149,838 (3 years) end 2015

        USDA- Advancing Food Science in Pre-Post secondary education -$199,987- (2008-2011) PI: Verghese, M, Co PI: Boateng, Herring, Banerjee, and Walker

        Antioxidant Potential of Fruit Extracts and their Phytochemicals  Department of Defense. PI-Verghese, M. Co-PI-L. T. Walker, Amount $144,399

        Ultrasound enhanced separation and extraction of corn fiber for colon carcinogenesis, USDA 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program, $466,356 Investigators: Martha Verghese, Wade Yang Other Collaborators: USDA/ARS/SRRC, Clemson University, University of Illinois

        USDA- Chemopreventive potential of peanuts ($500,000) PI-Verghese, M. Co-PI-L. T. Walker

        USDA- Antioxidant potential of lycopene in cardiovascular disease in rabbits- ($330,000) PI-Verghese, M. Co-PI-L. T. Walker

        ORAFTI, Tienen, Belgium,  ($508,000) PI-Verghese, M.

        ORAFTI, Tienen, Belgium, ($58,000) PI-Verghese, M.

        ORAFTI, Tienen, Belgium, ($48,000) PI-Verghese, M.

        Chemopreventive potential of Lycopene, National Institutes of Health, PI-Ram Rao, Co PI-C.B. Chawan, A. Simmone and M. Verghese ($300,000)