We contribute to creative problem solving for complex issues surrounding the creation of abundant food and energy in a manner that is environmentally sustainable for the betterment of individuals, families, and communities in Illinois and around the world.

To discover knowledge and create technologies that are transferable to stakeholders and the public, investigators use a variety of basic and applied research methods and tools. All tenure system faculty members in the department are engaged in interdisciplinary research. 

Thematic areas of research in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition address the pressing challenges of an integrated food system.

State-of-the-Art Facilities


Facilities under the direction of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition provide state-of-the art environments where students gain hands-on experience preparing foods, putting on fine dining experience, and working with cutting-edge research equipment.