USDA grant supports modernizing research capacity in food & ag sciences

The Center for Food Science and Nutrition Research has received a $245,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to promote multidisciplinary collaboration and help provide cutting-edge graduate education.

Project director Gour Choudhury, director of the Center for Food Science and Nutrition Research and professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, will lead the effort to enhance human capacity in the food and agricultural sciences.

The project, titled “Intellectual Capacity Development in Food and Agricultural Sciences through Modernization of Research Capacity,” will focus on three core objectives: to acquire state-of-the-art analytical equipment; to deliver advanced research training in four graduate program areas; and to create links between graduate students with potential employers.

A specialist in food processing systems engineering and development, Choudhury holds six U.S. patents, has published extensively, and has led multi-institutional and industry partnerships. He is working with co-project director Sharon Benes, who is one of Fresno State’s foremost plant scientists. She has also published extensively and is chair of the Research and Scholarly Activity Committee at Fresno State.