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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


Currently Funded Research Projects

Standoff Raman Detection of Food Contamination, Anup Sharma, Armitra Jackson-Davis, Judith Boateng, Paul Ruffin.  National Center for Food Protection and Defense, $98,409. 2014 (1.5 years)

Enhancing Underrepresented Food Science Postsecondary Students. Herring, J., Verghese, M., Vizcarra, J., Boateng. J., Kassama, L. Walker, L. USDA. 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)

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)

HPL-Based Ethics Education for Life Science and Engineering. Collins, J., Cebert, E., Fraser, R. and Verghese, M.  NSF.  $399,990. 2011 (3 years)

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)

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.  Wiedmann, M., Verghese, M., Ramirez, A., Olikver, H., and Roberts, A.  AFRI. $1,963,436. 2011 (3 years)

Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in Biological Sciences (URM). Sharma, Moss, Kantety, Vizcarra, Banerjee, Wang.  NSF. $1,000,000. 2010 (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)