Climate change is already affecting the areal extent of some human and livestock diseases and parasites and how they spread, and this is expected to intensify. Decreased access to clean water and healthy food poses health risks. We are making gains in food safety and learning more about the microbiome that we can use to promote health.

Faculty Working in this Area

  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Extension Veterinarian

Areas of Expertise

  • Transition cow management
  • Dairy cattle reproduction
  • Farm personnel training and performance
  • Dairy production medicine
  • Cow comfort
  • Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology
  • J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology
  • Meat Extension Specialist
  • Associate Professor - Animal Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Processed Meats
  • Food Safety
  • Thermal Processing & Smoking
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Systems
  • Distinguished Professor of Molecular Immunology

Areas of Expertise

  • Host resistance to infection
  • Immune-mediated diseases: multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease
  • T cells
  • Gastrointestinal microbiota; Gnotobiotics
  • Vitamins A & D regulation of immune function
  • Edible mushrooms
  • Selenium
  • Assistant Professor of Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Gut Microbiome
  • Carbohydrate Active Enzymes
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Resistant Starch
  • Professor of Food Science
  • Assistant Director of Food Safety & Quality Programs
  • Food Safety Extension Specialist - Muscle Foods

Areas of Expertise

  • Food safety
  • Food microbiology
  • Foodborne pathogens
  • Antimicrobials
  • Edible films
  • Spoilage
  • Meat, poultry, seafood, muscle foods
  • HACCP
  • Sanitation
  • Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Reproductive Biology
  • Nutrition and Reproduction
  • Ovarian Function
  • Oocyte Development
  • Director of E. coli Reference Center
  • Professor of Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbiology
  • Microbial pathogens
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Microbial genomics
  • Food Safety
  • Food Microbiology
  • Professor of Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Food chemistry
  • Enology
  • Wine oxidation
  • Hop chemistry
  • Antioxidants
  • Lipid oxidation
  • Professor of Agricultural Engineering
  • Environmental Biophysics, Animal Welfare, and Agricultural Emissions
  • Integrated Research and Extension Programs

Areas of Expertise

  • Air quality in indoor agriculture (barns, poultry houses)
  • Heating and Ventilation system design, principles and practice
  • Horse facility engineering (stables, riding arenas)
  • Farm animal welfare
  • Agricultural air emissions (gas, odor, particulates)
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Economics and Policy
  • Health Economics
  • International Trade
  • Assistant Professor of Food Animal Microbiomes

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbiome
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Production Systems
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Mastitis
  • Animal Health and Productivity
  • Professor of Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis
  • Associate Chair, Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences Graduate Program
  • Distinguished Professor of Entomology
  • Director, Center for Pollinator Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Pollinators
  • Honey Bees
  • Social Insects
  • Genomics
  • Immunity
  • Behavior
  • Physiology
  • Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Frances Keesler Graham Early Career Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Genomics
  • Human Genetics
  • Exposome
  • Genetic Interactions (Epistasis)
  • Gene-Environment Interactions
  • Complex Disease
  • Precision Medicine
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Metabolomics
  • Professor of Immunology
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease Undergraduate Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • Regulation of innate immunity, hematopoiesis and cellular transformation by receptor tyrosine kinases.
  • Professor of Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Dairy Processing
  • Food Rheology
  • Food Engineering
  • Professor of Food Science
  • Director, Sensory Evaluation Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Sensory science
  • Human psychophysics
  • Taste biology
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Food choice
  • Ingestive behavior
  • Consumer acceptability
  • Associate Professor of Biology and Entomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Systematics & Biodiversity
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Development
  • Pollinator Biology
  • Hymenoptera
  • Bumble bees
  • Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Animal Welfare Extension

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Professor of Entomology
  • Center for Chemical Ecology
  • Center for Pollinator Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Biology and ecology of invasive species
  • Insect-microbial symbiosis
  • Tritrophic interactions
  • Insect virology
  • Pollination of forest trees
  • Rasmussen Career Development Professor in Food Science
  • Assistant Professor of Food Science
  • Program Chair, Graduate Certificate Sensory & Consumer Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Sensory Science
  • Flavor Chemistry & Flavor Biochemistry
  • Sensometrics
  • Sensory-assisted Breeding
  • Trace Analysis
  • Food Packaging
  • Associate Research Professor
  • Extension Veterinarian

Areas of Expertise

  • Mastitis and Milk Quality
  • Milking Equipment Performance
  • Bovine Hoof Health
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • On-farm Food Safety
  • Johne's Disease
  • Biosecurity and Infectious Disease Management
  • Epidemiology
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic modeling of food purchase behavior
  • Link between food behavior and health
  • Retail food product offerings and prices
  • Organic food and agriculture
  • Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • Associate Director for Strategic Initiative, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbial pathogenomics and molecular epidemiology. 
  • Associate Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Dairy Food Processing & Quality
  • Dairy Food Safety
  • Sensory Analysis of Dairy Products
  • Artisanal Cheese
  • Value-Added Dairy Products
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences and Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Leveraging the food industry to improve child nutrition
  • Improving the palatability of foods targeted at children
  • Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Metabolomics
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Antimicrobial Drug Discovery
  • Ethnobotany and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Plant-associated Microbiomes
  • Botanical Dietary Supplements
  • Toxicology
  • Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Immunologic mechanisms of Bordetella
  • Pathogenesis of Francisella tularensis
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Development of BSL-3 research programs
  • Lester Earl and Veronica Casida Career Development Professor of Food Safety
  • Assistant Professor of Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbial Food Safety
  • Foodborne Pathogens
  • Genomic Epidemiology
  • Microbiomes in Food Systems
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Professor of Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Tracking Listeria monocytogenes in produce production and processing environments
  • Food safety validation of mushroom growing, packing, and processing procedures. L. monocytogenes in tree fruit packinghouses.
  • Farm food safety (Good Agricultural Practices) training
  • Hazards Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls training
  • Non-thermal food processing
  • Technical assistance to home and commercial food processors
  • Professor of Food Science
  • Co-Director, Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health

Areas of Expertise

  • Cancer Prevention by Dietary Components
  • Obesity and Inflammation Prevention by Dietary Components
  • Food Toxicology
  • Bioavailability and Biotransformation of Dietary Components
  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Marketing
  • Food and Energy Policy
  • Energy Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Lorenzo L. Langstroth Early Career Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Entomology
  • Assistant Professor of Entomology

Areas of Expertise

  • Veterinary Entomology
  • Tick ecology and control
  • Filth fly management and behavior
  • Wildlife entomology
  • Arthropod behavior
  • Associate Professor of Meat Science
  • Undergraduate Adviser
  • Professor of Reproductive Physiology
  • Associate Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Reproductive Biology
  • Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy production
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Sustainability
  • Graduate Training
  • Undergraduate Instruction
  • C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agricultural Sciences
  • Professor of Reproductive Physiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Reproductive Biology
  • Reproductive Immunology
  • Ovarian Function
  • Tombros Early Career Professor
  • Professor of Molecular Toxicology
  • Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Metabolomics
  • Microbiome
  • Drug Metabolism
  • Metabolism
  • Environmental Contaminants
  • Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Hematology
  • Erythropoiesis
  • Anemia Research
  • Leukemia
  • H. Thomas and Dorothy Willits Hallowell Chair in Agricultural Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • microbiome
  • aryl hydrocarbon receptor
  • dioxin
  • drug metabolism
  • toxicology
  • transcriptional regulation
  • Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology & Carcinogenesis
  • Deputy Director, The Penn State Cancer Institute

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular toxicology and carcinogenesis
  • Nuclear receptors
  • Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors
  • Cancer
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Department Head
  • Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology

Areas of Expertise

  • Trace element selenium and selenoproteins
  • Redox biology
  • Macrophage biology
  • Inflammation and resolution
  • Endogenous bioactive lipid mediators
  • Cancer (leukemia) and leukemia stem cells
  • Redox control of stress erythropoiesis during inflammation
  • Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Wolbachia
  • Symbiosis
  • Genetically-modified organisms
  • Vector-borne disease
  • Densovirus
  • Population biology
  • aquaporins
  • Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology
  • Eberly Professor of Biotechnology
  • Professor and Head of Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbiology
  • Dairy Products Processing
  • Ice Cream
  • Yogurt
  • Non-dairy Frozen Desserts
  • Professor of Molecular Virology
  • Director, Pathobiology Graduate Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Virology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Viral Budding
  • Cellular Trafficking
  • Virus-like Particles
  • Zoonoses
  • Associate Professor of Equine Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Nutritional Influences on Growth and Development
  • Mammalian Patterns of Growth
  • Dietary Energy Sources Impact on Metabolism
  • Gastrointestinal Permeability
  • Gastrointestinal Health and Inflammation
  • Grazing Strategies for Horse Health and Performance
  • Equine Pasture and Manure Management Practices
  • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Animal models of influenza
  • Airborne transmission of influenza viruses
  • Evolution of pandemic influenza viruses
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza
  • Development of live-attenuated influenza vaccine platforms
  • High containment BSL3+ research
  • Professor of Molecular Toxicology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Nuclear receptors
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Drug Discovery
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Behavioural Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Food Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Assistant Professor of Food Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Food microbiology
  • Food safety
  • Genomics of food-associated fungi (Mycotoxins)
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Toxicology
  • Nutritional immunology
  • Professor of Food Science
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Food process engineering
  • Food materials science
  • Biopolymers
  • Chocolate and confectionery

Office for Research and Graduate Education

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University Park, PA 16802-2600

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600