Faculty

Faculty and Academic Staff

Marc Fuchs

Marc Fuchs

Marc Fuchs

Associate Professor

Expertise: Research and extension on virus diseases of fruit and vegetable crops, their biology and management. Virus-host and virus-vector interactions

David Gadoury

David Gadoury

David Gadoury

Senior Research Associate

Expertise: Epidemiology; Pathogen Ecology; Pathogen Biology; Ontogenic (age-related) Host Resistance, Pathogen Survival of Intercrop periods; Signaling and Environmental Regulation of Sporulation; Spore Release and Dispersal; Diseases of Grapevine, Apple and Strawberry; Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew pathogens of all crops; Interactions between Climate, Crop Phenology, and Host Resistance

Anna Katharine Mansfield

Expertise: Wine production methods; sensory evaluation; cold climate and hybrid wine production
Research Interests: Yeast Assimilable Nitrogen; phenolic extraction and retention in red hybrid wines; bitterness in aromatic white wines; defining regional typicity

Olga Padilla-Zakour

olga Padilla-Zakour

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Professor and Chair

Expertise: Safety and stability of plant-based foods; formulation and processing of acid; acidified and water activity controlled-foods; juice technology; food entrepreneurship
Research Interests: Identification of key factors that affect the safety and quality of specialty foods produced by small-scale processors. Development  and evaluation of processing systems that result in safe; high quality; plant-based food products. Methods to enhance the economic viability of agricultural producers that manufacture value-added plant-based foods

Gavin Sacks

Gavin Sacks

Gavin Sacks

Associate Professor

Expertise: Flavor chemistry; wine and grape chemistry; Chromatography and mass spectrometry
​Research Interests: Our lab studies how pre- and post-harvest factors affect the organoleptic properties (flavor; color) of agricultural products; including wines and juices. In addition to using a range of modern analytical equipment; such as GCxGC-TOF-MS; we also interested in developing simple field-appropriate tests for food quality parameters.  ​

Robert Seem

Expertise: Quantitative epidemiology, focusing on model development and other quantitative measures for the practical management of fruit and vegetable diseases; understanding the biological processes responsible for disease development; elucidating the role of weather and plant disease