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Faculty and Staff

Our faculty bring an impressive combination of experience and expertise to the research cluster.


Alfred A. Bushway, Ph.D. (Purdue, 1978), Professor Emeritus. Fruit and vegetable post-harvest quality and safety, and product development.

Rodney J. Bushway, Ph.D. (Texas A&M, 1977), Professor.  Methods development in food analyses as it relates to stress metabolites, pesticides and bioactive compounds.

Beth Calder, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2003), Assistant Extension Professor and Assistant Professor.  Food safety and technology research in the areas of fruit and vegetables, seafood and valued-added food product development; outreach liaison to the Maine food industry.

Mary Ellen Camire, Ph.D. (Texas Woman’s University, 1989), Professor. Extrusion technology; nutrition policy, dietary fiber; sensory evaluation; phytochemicals.

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, 1982), Professor. Cholesterol, lipoprotein, trace mineral nutrition and metabolism as related to cardiovascular disease. Transcultural studies on the role of Mediterranean diet(s) in certain degenerative diseases.

Angela Myracle, M.P.H., Ph.D. (Purdue University, 2010), Assistant Professor. Phytochemicals and Health, Bio-availability of plant bioactives, Phytochemical composition differences between organic and conventional foods impact of phytochemicals on chronic disease and oxidative stress.

Balunkeswar (Balu) Nayak, Ph.D. (Washington State University, 2011), Assistant Professor.  Thermal and non-thermal food processing, effect of processing on food bioactives, food allergens, and toxins.

L. Brian Perkins, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2003), Research Assistant Professor and Laboratory Director.  Analytical method development for bioactive compounds, naturally occurring toxins and pesticide residues in food and environmental matrices.

Denise I. Skonberg, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1997), Associate Professor.  Seafood by-product utilization; fish oil fortification; quality evaluation of aquaculture products.

Bohdan M. Slabyj, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1968), Professor Emeritus. Seafood quality, safety, shelf life, and industry outreach.

Susan S. Sullivan, D.Sc., R.D. (Boston University, 1995), Associate Director of the School of Food and Agriculture. Clinical nutrition topics; calcium, vitamin D.

Mona Therrien, D.CN., R.D, L.D. (Rutgers 2013), Lecturer, Director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics and Undergraduate Coordinator. Nutrition in chronic kidney disease and diabetes.

Adrienne A. White, Ph.D., R.D. (University of Tennessee, 1988), Professor and Dietetic Internship Director. Nutrition, behavior and the environment, interventions and theory-driven behavior change strategies across the life cycle.

Kate Yerxa , M.S., R.D.  (University of Maine, 2003). University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Associate Extension Professor, EFNEP Coordinator. Community nutrition; implementation and evaluation of educational programs designed for limited-income, food insecure populations; breastfeeding promotion and education.

Adjunct and Associate Graduate Faculty

Jason Bolton, Ph.D. Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist.
 Armand Cardello, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, 1976), U.S. Army Natick Soldier R, D, & E Center, Natick, MA.  Sensory evaluation and satiety research.

Lin Chih-Sheng, Ph.D. (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, 1998), Professor and Department Head. Department of Biological Science and Technology, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Biomedical Engineering:  molecular pathophysiological studies on the cardiovascular diseases, atrial fibrillation and coronary restenosis; gene chips and biosensors development for virus subtyping and species identification; gene engineering, bio-energy.

Richard A. Cook, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 1973), Professor Emeritus . Community nutrition including nutritional status assessment, monitoring and surveillance. Particular interest in nutrition risk assessment of older adults.

Titan S. Fan, Ph.D. (Univ. of Wisconsin, 1986), Vice President, Beacon Analytical Systems, Portland ME. Immunoassays.

Cheng-An (Andy) Hwang, Ph.D. (University of Tennessee, 1992), Research Food Technologist.  Residue Chemistry and Predictive Microbiology Research Unit, Eastern Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, USDA. Microbial modeling, Food safety, processing development, HACCP, and process risk assessment.

Anastasia Z. Kalea, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2005), Postdoctoral Research Fellow,  Division of Nephrology/ Hypertension, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.  Diabetes and Vascular physiology, biochemistry and molecular genetics.

Byungchul Kim, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2009), Post-doctoral Research Associate.  Method development for the analysis of phytochemicals and toxic chemicals in food matrices using HPLC and LC-MS/MS.

Linda J. Kling, Ph.D., (Univ. of Maryland, 1980), Associate Professor of Aquaculture Nutrition and Cooperating Professor of Nutrition. Fish nutrition.

Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Ph.D. (Univ. of Florida, 1988), Research Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS, South Carolina Agricultural Research Laboratory.SCARL, Lane OK. Fruit and vegetable quality.

Clifford J. Rosen, M.D., (New York at Syracuse, 1975), Cooperating Research Professor. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Maine Osteoporosis Center, Bangor, ME. Clinical and biological implications of osteoporosis.

Dale A. Schuschke, Ph.D. (University of North Dakota, 1987),  Professor. Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Louisville School of Medicine.  Trace mineral nutrition in microvascular control mechanisms as related  to inflammatory processes.




Kath Davis-Dentici


Ms. Katherine Davis-Dentici, Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager. Hitchner 204. Phone (207) 581-1625. Oversees product review testing, fruit and vegetable research.



Bingbing Li


Ms. Bingbing Li, Laboratory Manager. Hitchner 118. Phone (207) 581-3105.
Pathogenic Microbiology  Laboratory Manager.