Washington State University School of Food Science

Program Director: Dr. Barbara Rasco

Contact: Jodi Anderson, Academic Coordinator, School of Food Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99164-6376, Phone: 509-335-4763; Email jlanderson@wsu.edu  Website: http://sfs.wsu.edu/graduate-program/

Degrees Offered:B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science

Program Description

Associated Fields and Departments: The School of Food Science (SFS) is jointly administered by the University of Idaho and Washington State University.  Students in the combined program have access to courses, faculty expertise, research laboratories and pilot plants of both universities.

Programs of Study: Specializations include food chemistry, food safety and microbiology, sensory science, food processing (including non-thermal preservation technologies), food quality, food fermentations, functional foods for health, and food and environmental toxicology. The SFS has commodity expertise in cereals, potatoes, dairy and wine. 

Entrance Requirements:  Please see http://gradschool.wsu.edu/apply/

Costs: Please refer to http://finaid.wsu.edu/

Availability of Financial Aid: Assistance is available through graduate assistantships or scholarships on a competitive basis. Graduate assistantships are supported through state or grant funds.

Unique Capabilities: Faculty are housed at the University of Idaho (Moscow), Washington State University (Pullman), UI Food Technology Center (Caldwell, ID),  Tech-Help (Boise, ID), WSU Irrigated Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Prosser, WA) and at the WSU Tri-Cities campus (Richland, WA).  The SFS oversees Ferdinand's Ice Cream Shoppe and the WSU Creamery.  SFS faculty collaborate with cereal scientists at the USDA Western Wheat Quality Laboratory (Pullman).  Facilities include pilot plants, a food preparation laboratory, sensory evaluation laboratories and numerous research laboratories.  A dairy processing plant, research pilot plant, food processing pilot plant and an experimental/teaching winery are available for student projects.

Student Success:  Demand for food scientists with graduate degrees is high. Graduates are employed in various sectors of the food industry in research/development, food processing, food safety, quality assurance, analytical sciences and managerial positions.  Graduates find employment with companies such as H.J. Heinz Co., J.R. Simplot Co., Conagra Foods/Lamb Weston, Kraft Foods, Darigold, Litehouse Foods, Cargill and E&J Gallo Winery. Many graduates obtain a Ph.D. in preparation for a career in academia. Students also find employment with federal agencies.

Faculty and Research Interests

Carolyn Hovde Bohach, Professor and Director NIH INBRE – Bacterial pathogenesis, food safety, E. coli O157:H7, cattle vaccine development, Yersinia pestis, enhancing biomedical research competitiveness.

Charles Edwards, Professor – Microbiology and chemistry of wines during vinification including nutrient requirements of wine microorganisms, spoilage yeast and bacteria, and malolactic fermentation.

Girish Ganjyal, Assistant Professor- Food processing; extrusion, frying, food ingredient technology, physico-chemical changes in food ingredients during processing, food structures, food product development and value-addition of food processing by-products. 

James F. Harbertson, Associate Professor and Extension Enologist – Phenolic compounds found in grapes and wines, biochemical and chemical changes during grape ripening, winemaking, and aging.

Thomas Henick-Kling, Professor and Director of the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program – Wine research and extension: physiology of lactic acid bacteria, wine yeast ecology, molecular characterization of wine yeast and bacteria, modification of wine flavor by yeast and bacteria, winemaking.

Helen Joyner, Assistant Professor – Food rheology and tribology to evaluate mechanical and frictional properties of foods.  Emphasis on developing links between rheological, tribological, and sensory behavior of foods.    

Jeff Kronenberg, Food Processing Extension Specialist –Technical assistance to food processors, including regulatory compliance, food safety, health and safety, product development, lean manufacturing and productivity improvement, pest control, HACCP implementation, quality control.

Amy Lin, Associate Professor – Starch structure–function relationship, starch digestion and physiological response, carbohydrate chemistry, chemistry of resistant and slowly digestible carbohydrates

Scott Minnich, Associate Professor – Bacterial pathogenesis of Yersinia enterocolitica and Y. pestis, etiologic agents of yersiniosis and bubonic plague.

Greg Moller, Professor – Environmental toxicology and chemistry, biogeochemistry of As, Se, and P, water quality, food safety.

Giuliana Noratto, Assistant Professor- Bioactive compounds in dairy products/by-products and botanicals with prebiotic effects for prevention of chronic/inflammatory diseases.  Emphasis in obesity-related diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease and interactions of food bioactive compounds with human microbiota/host immune response. 

Andrzej Paszczynski, Professor – Biochemistry of iron transport, reactive oxygen species; new functions of peroxidases and catalases; chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis, proteomics; supercritical fluids applications.

Barbara Rasco, Professor and School of Food Science Director – Food law, food analyses, seafood quality; development of analytical methods to predict the safety and quality of food products.

Carolyn Ross, Associate Professor – Wine and food sensory chemistry; sensory analysis with analytical chemistry techniques to identify and describe changes in flavor and odor profiles. 

Dojin Ryu, Associate Professor – Chemical food safety with emphasis on naturally occurring toxicants including mycotoxins and their chemical/toxicological fate during food processing; integrated approach for food safety. 

Brennan Smith, Assistant Professor, Protein chemistry, cereal science and technology, product development, protein chemistry, and food science education.

Denise Smith, Professor – Food chemistry, chemistry and functionality of meat and dairy proteins, meat and poultry quality and safety.

Gulhan Unlu, Associate Professor – Food microbiology, biotechnology, microbial food safety/food biopreservation, genomics of food borne bacteria, conversion of food and agricultural waste to value-added products.

Meijun Zhu, Associate Professor- Food microbiology and safety; bioactive food components, gut microbiota and gut epithelial barrier function; obesity, epithetical development and gut health.