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Department of Food & Nutritional Sciences

Faculty & Staff

2023 FNS Retreat at Auburn, AL
Faculty and Staff at FNS Retreat for Professional Development at Auburn, AL, on August 3-4, 2023

FACULTY

ADELIA C. BOVELL-BENJAMIN
E-mail: abovellbenjamin@tuskegee.edu 
Office: 300-A Campbell Hall
Phone: 334-727-8717
Position:  Research Professor, Food and Nutritional Sciences
Education:  Ph.D. Nutrition, Designated Emphasis: International Nutrition University of  California, Davis, 1998
Research Interests: International nutrition, lipid oxidation, food product development with emphasis on sensory science.  Nutritional, dietary and cancer prevention issues among African Americans 

ELAINE BROMFIELD
E-mail:  ebromfield@tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8906
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: PhD. Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution; Minor in Student Personnel Administration,  Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2009
Research Interests: Food product development, Menu development
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (2)
 
BRITTANNIE H. CHESTER
E-mail: bchester@tuskegee.edu
Office: 100 Campbell Hall
Position: Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Education: 2015, Licensed Dietitian (LD); 2015, Registered Dietitian (RD); 2014, M.S. in Nutrition and dietetics, Florida International University, Ph.D., Nutrition, Auburn University
Research Interests: Type 2 diabetes prevention and self-management education and support, cardiovascular disease prevention and management, nutrition and healthy lifestyle changes.
Publications: Journal Articles (2)      

NORMA L. DAWKINS
E-mail:  ndawkins@tuskegee.edu
Office: 100 Campbell Hall
Phone: 334-727-8028; 
Position: Professor, Department Head
Education: Ph.D., Food Science and Nutrition, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1994
Research Interests: Focused on product development and community nutrition with emphasis on indigenous and nontraditional foods and community nutrition interventions in the prevention of diet-related illnesses with focus on nutrition education and physical activity in reduction of risk factors for CVD and obesity, respectively
Publications: Several referred Journal articles conference abstracts, training manuals, progress and evaluation reports.

BYUNGJIN MIN  
E-mail: bmin@tuskegee.edu 
Office: 200D Campbell Hall
Phone: 334-727-8393
Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D.  Food Technology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. 2007
Research Interests: Food Safety and Sustainable Packaging. Control of microbial contamination caused by foodborne pathogens in fresh produce as well as in processed foods. Shelf-life extension of foods by bio-active packaging systems incorporated with various components such as biodegradable materials, nano-sized materials, natural antimicrobials and functional ingredients.
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (10+), Conference proceedings/Abstracts (30+), Book Chapter (4)  

JOHN O. ONUH
E-mailjonuh@tuskegee.edu 
Phone334-727-8720
Position:  Research-Extension Assistant Professor, Food and Nutritional Sciences
Education Ph.D. Human Nutritional Sciences, University of  Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2015
Research Interests: Food bioactive compounds, functional foods and nutraceuticals and their application in the management and treatment of metabolic disorders, hypertension, CVD, oxidative stress, obesity, diabetes and associated chronic diseases, especially in under-represented communities. Metabolomics approaches to provide information on possible biomarkers and potential mechanisms of action of these compounds are also studied
Publications: Several referred Journal articles, conference proceedings/abstracts, and book chapters  
Curriculum Vitae

BARRETT T. VAUGHAN
Email: bvaughan@tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8527
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2002
Research Interests: Food processing technology, Food safety
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (10+)

EMERITI

RALPHENIA PACE, Professor Emerita and former FNS Department Head​
E-mail: rpace@tuskegee.edu
Education: 1990 Licensed Dietitian (LD); 1984, Registered Dietitian (RD); Ph.D.1980, Nutritional Sciences, Auburn University

2022 FNS Retreat was held on
2022 FNS Retreat at Auburn on August 10-11, 2022 

STAFF

ANGELA D ELLIOT
Address: 107 Campbell Hall
Position: Administrative Assistant
E-mailaelliot1@tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8162

PETER GICHUHI
E-mail: pgichuhi@tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8668
Position: Research Associate/Food Science Technician
Education: M.S., Food Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Research Area (+): Food Analysis.  Food Processing and Products Development.  
Food Shelf life/Microbial stability.  
Lab technical/analytical support to students in Food/Nutrition Science research projects/theses.  
Setup/maintainance of Food/Nutrition Science lab/equipment