Huntsville, Ala. ---- A prolific researcher and food science professor at Alabama A&M University has been honored for her work as chair of a regional association.
Dr. Martha Verghese, professor and interim chairperson in the Department of Food and Animal Sciences at AAMU, received an outstanding service award for her services as chair of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), South East Section, in Atlanta, Ga., during the annual meeting.
Verghese focuses her research on phytochemicals and bioactive compounds in foods in the prevention of chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and others. She currently serves as a member of IFT’s higher education review board, the accrediting body for all national and international food science and technology programs. She also serves on the executive board of IFT’s nutrition division. At AAMU, Dr. Verghese re-instated and heads Phi Tau Sigma, the food science honor society.
Since 2001, Verghese has advised over 25 master’s and 12 doctoral students, all of whom have secured careers in industry, academia or government. She is currently advising and co-advising 7 PhD and 5 MS students.
Lastly, the food science professor has authored and/or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles and over 200 scientific peer-reviewed presentations/abstracts in national and international professional meetings. She has also authored five book chapters in the last two years. She has served as the lead or been significantly affiliated with eight funded grants totaling nearly $4 million.
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by Jerome Saintjones