The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Foods for Health and Wellness

Foods for Health and Wellness

The research focus of our Health and Wellness program focuses on areas such as: a) Identification of bioactive components in foods and food waste streams; b) Utilization of biological models to assess the molecular mechanisms and physiological effects of bioactive food components; c) Development of technologies to increase the stability, bioavailability and activity of novel health promoting compounds added to foods such that the resulting functional foods maintain desirable quality and safety over an extended shelf-life.


  • Core Faculty: Drs. Decker, McClements, Park, Sela, Xiao and Zhang
  • Contributing Faculty: Drs. Gibbons, McLandsborough, Moore and Nolden
  • Lab Facilities: Click here for details.