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Food Science & Technology: About Us


The Department of Food Science and Technology has an experienced group of employees to maintain our mission. Faculty members teach and conduct research on functional foods, value-added processing, and food microbiology/safety, as well as provide training and support for the food industry. Technical staff supports research into new processes and techniques for providing safe, healthy, and flavorful foods. Administrative staff provides support services to students and faculty to achieve their mission.

Athens Campus

Name Position
Akoh,* Casimir C. Distinguished Research Professor
Cavender,* George Assistant Professor
Clark, Kevin D. Associate Research Scientist
Dee,* Derek Assistant Professor
Frank, Joseph F. Professor Emeritus
Harrison,* Mark A. Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Hurst, William C. Professor & Extension Outreach Coordinator
Kerr,* William L. Professor and Coordinator for
Food Processing Research & Development Laboratory (FPRDL)
Kong,* Fanbin Associate Professor

Mohan,* Anand Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist
Paton,* Chad Assistant Professor
Pegg,* Ronald B. Professor
Reyes De Corcuera,* José Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator
Singh,* Rakesh K. Professor & Department Head
* Able to serve as a Major Professor for graduate students


Name Position
Athens Staff
Cash, Lisa Administrative Associate I (706) 542-2286
Deneau, Taylor IT Professional (706) 542-2139
Dye, Caitlin Academic Advisor I

(706) 542-5113

Harris, Vickie Wentzel Research Professional II (706) 583-8913
Hirsch, Gwen Laboratory Manager II (706) 542-4005
Kormanik, Taryn

Program Coordinator II

(706) 542-9069

Lord, Doris Administrative Manager (706) 542-1089
Mayes, Eve Program Coordinator I (706) 542-0272
Morris, Danny Laboratory Manager II (706) 542-1070
Porterfield, Lisa Business Manager II (706) 542-1083
Ruiz, Carl Laboratory Manager I (706) 542-1064
Simmons, Karen Program Coordinator II (706) 542-3045
Wendinger, Marian Program Specialist II (706) 542-2574


Griffin Campus

Name Position
Adhikari,* Koushik Assistant Professor
Beuchat, Larry R. Research Professor Emeritus
Chen,* Jinru Professor
Chinnan, Manjeet S. Professor Emeritus
Deng,* Xiangyu Assistant Professor
Diez-Gonzalez,* Francisco Professor and
Director, Center for Food Safety
Doyle, Michael P. Regents Professor
Erickson, Marilyn C. Associate Professor
Hung,* Yen-Con Professor
Kealey, Kirk S. Director, Food Product Innovation
and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC)
Ortega,* Ynes Associate Professor
Phillips, Robert D. Professor Emeritus
Zhao, Tong Associate Research Scientist
* Able to serve as a Major Professor for graduate students


Name Position
Banister, Brenda Administrative Manager
Center for Food Safety
(770) 228-7284
Brown, Donna Associate Accountant (770) 412-4758
Farrell, Glenn Research Professional I (770) 412-4747, ext. 147
McCullough, Sue Ellen Laboratory Technician II (770) 412-4747, ext. 150
Thomas, Sue Sr. Accountant
Center for Food Safety

(770) 228-7284

Walker, Sandra Laboratory Technician III (770) 412-4747, ext. 150


Adjunct Faculty

Name Position
Berrang,* Mark Adjunct Assistant Professor
Cannon,* Jennifer Adjunct Associate Professor
Greer, Derek M. Adjunct Associate Professor
Kornacki, Jeffrey L. Adjunct Assistant Professor
Li,* Jian-rong Adjunct Professor
Mani,* Sudhagar Adjunct Associate Professor
Park,* Bosoon Adjunct Professor
Sanchez-Brambila,* Gabriela Adjunct Assistant Professor

Zhuang,* Hong Adjunct Associate Professor
* Able to serve as a Major Professor for graduate students


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