Welcome to the Goddard Group

Biomaterials and Biointerfaces

Materials are used to handle, process, and package our food at many stages from farm to fork.  The goal of the Goddard research program is to modify these food contact materials to improve the quality, safety, and sustainability of our food supply. What specifically interests me is what’s going on at the interface between the material and the biological environment (e.g. food, microorganism, water).  While food contact materials can be quite thick, the portion of the material that interacts with the biological (food, microbiological) environment is much thinner, on the order of nanometers.  My research group looks at ways to change the chemistry and bioactivity of the surface of the material (the biointerface) in order to manipulate how the material interacts with food products and microorganisms. 

We integrate techniques from the fields of biomedicine, material science, and nanobiotechnology to bring added value to low-cost food contact approved materials. Our recent research on biointerfaces in food and bioprocessing has four major thrusts:  bioactive food packaging, rechargeable antimicrobial materials, biocatalytic materials, and non-fouling materials. 

The Goddard Research Group is located in Chenoweth Hall in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Our work has been highlighted in Food Technology, Food Production Daily, and UMass Magazine. For details on current projects, please visit our research page.

Julie M. Goddard, Ph.D.
330 Chenoweth Labs

Department of Food Science

Amherst, MA 01003

Ph: 413.545.2275
Fax: 413.545.1262


Fang presents her work on Antioxidant Active Packaging at the 2012 IFT Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

Student Award Winners
Congratulations to the following students for winning national awards!

Fang Tian won the Honored Student and Kalustian Estate Awards at the AOCS Annual Meeting in Montreal in May 2013, and placed third in the IFT Packaging Division poster competition in Chicago in July 2013. Go FANG!

Dana Wong won first place in the Student Poster Competition at the Dairy Ingredients Symposium in San Fransisco in February 2013.

Luis Bastarrachea was a finalist in the Graduate Student Symposium at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans in April 2013.

Research Grant Support
We are excited to have financial support from the USDA NIFA on three projects as well as support from Dairy Management, Inc, industry sponsors, and UMass.

Prof. Goddard's Bio

After receiving a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University, Julie worked at Kraft Foods as a research engineer. She returned to Cornell to complete a Ph.D. in Food Science, with minors in material science and food microbiology, under the guidance of Prof. Joseph Hotchkiss. She most recently worked in Prof. David Erickson’s Integrated Micro- and Nanofluidic Systems lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Julie has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst since Fall 2009.


For more information about our research or to inquire about open positions, please contact:

Professor Julie M. Goddard
Associate Professor
Department of Food Science
UMass Amherst
330 Chenoweth Laboratory
Amherst, MA 01003



Maxine and Dana Receive Awards at 2014 IFT Annual Meeting


Bioactive Food Packaging

Bioactive packaging can enhance the quality and safety of packaged foods by further processing the product or preventing degradative processes after packaging. This research focus is currently funded by the USDA and the Dairy Management, Inc.

Self-Sanitizing Food Processing Surfaces

The surface chemistry of stainless steel and polymers can be modified to possess rechargeably antimicrobial moieties. Such self-sanitizing food processing surfaces can help to improve food safety in the processing plant environment. This area of research is currently funded by the USDA.

Manipulating the Materials-Biology Interface

Changing the chemistry and bioactivity (e.g. enzyme or antimicrobial activity, non-fouling character) of the top several nanometers of a material has massive impact on how that material interacts with the biological environment. We explore such surface modification research through our work funded by the CHM.