The people of the Food Systems Innovation Center are what makes our program special. We bring together faculty and staff from multiple departments to help you
have a strong and profitable business.
Kandice Williams is the Program Coordinator for the FSIC, and is the primary contact for initial questions about our services. More Info
Dr. Newman is an Animal Nutritionist and Food Microbiologist specializing in the areas of Intestinal microbiology and Food Safety. More Info
Dr. Newman's lab is responsible for carrying out validation studies, challenge studies and shelf life studies. She is particularly interested in minimizing microbial contamination during production and processing using natural antimicrobials, thermal processing and modified storage conditions of the foods. She also provides advice and consultation to food manufacturing facilities regarding sanitation, HACCP, and food defense.
For more information about Dr. Newman, please visit http://afs.ca.uky.edu/person/melissa-newman at the Department of Animal and Food Sciences
|Office||204 W. P. Garrigus Building|
Lexington KY 40546-0215
Dr. Rentfrow works with extension specialists and county agents in establishing strong livestock and meat industry programs in Kentucky. More Info
Dr. Woods manages studies of Kentucky Consumer households and carries out a variety of Farmer's market, small producer as well as industry wide studies. More Info
Dr. Woods is interested in Agribusiness Management, Marketing in agribusinesses, Horticultural enterprises with an emphasis on commodity marketing. He developed a Market Readiness training program that has been launched in several states to assist producers and processors.
For more information about Dr. Woods, please visit http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AgEcon/woods_tim.php at the Department of Agricultural Economics
|Office||402 Charles E. Barnhart Building|
Lexington KY 40546-0276
Paul Priyesh Vijayakumar
Food Science/Safety Specialist, Process Authority
Dr. Vijayakumar acts as the FSIC Process Authority, specializing in Acidified and Low Acid Thermal Processing. More Info
Dr. Vijayakumar works with food processors and producers to understand aspects of Food Safety, primarily the Food Safety Modernization Act. He recently developed training and educational programs for FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative).
For more information about Dr. Vijayakumar, please visit https://afs.ca.uky.edu/person/paul-priyesh-vijayakumar at the Department of Animal and Food Sciences
|Office||213 W. P. Garrigus Building|
Lexington KY 40546-0215