College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Our Researchers

Scientists in the Agricultural Research Program (ARP) are active in funded research projects that reflect the 1890 land-grant university mission to serve agricultural industries, communities and individuals, with a strong emphasis on research that serves small and limited-resource farms, businesses, rural communities and families in North Carolina.

Whether you are an undergraduate agriculture major or a prospective graduate student considering a masters program at N.C. A&T, the faculty researchers below provide outstanding instruction and mentorship and exciting opportunities to learn within the context of their research projects in the lab and in the field.  

Following are ARP research faculty, listed by department:

Administration, Agricultural Research Program

Shirley Hymon-Parker, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
B-16 C.H. Moore
(336) 285-4703

Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education

Paula Faulkner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
A-21 C.H. Moore
(336) 285-4724

Research: Multicultural education; special populations; teacher education, experiential learning

Kenrett Y. Jefferson-Moore, Ph.D.
154-A Carver Hall
(336) 285-4829

Research: Marketing of alternative commodities; markets for nutritionally enhanced and organic products

Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang, Ph.D.
Kellogg Distinguished Professor, Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems
105-B Coltrane Hall 
(336) 285-468

Research: Multifunctional farm research; network analysis; community entrepreneurship; opportunities and challenges for sustainable food systems and food networks regarding small-scale farmers.

Terrence Thomas, Ph.D.
A-36 C.H. Moore
(336) 285-4733

Research areas: Human and community development/business-economic development

Chastity Warren English, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
242-A Carver Hall
(336) 285-4819

Research: Youth development and leadership; soft skills development; diversity inclusion in agricultural education

Osei Yeboah, Ph.D.
A-25 C.H. Moore
(336) 285-4727

Research areas: International markets; trade policy

Department of Animal Sciences

Yewande O. Fasina, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
252-A Webb Hall
(336) 285-4805

Research: Enhancing immunocompetence of poultry using non-antibiotic feed additives; reducing intestinal colonization by foodborne and disease-causing pathogens

Radiah C. Minor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
107-H Webb Hall
(336) 285-4787

Research: Immunology research using cell and molecular biology coupled with in vitro and in vivo models to investigate immune modulation by dietary supplements

Jenora Waterman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
229-C Webb Hall
(336) 285-4815

Research: Characterization of agricultural dusts and respiratory disease

Mulumebet Worku, Ph.D.
229-B Webb Hall
(336) 285-4816

Research: Health and genomic diversity in ruminants

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Guibing Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Lead Scientist for Food Engineering, Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies
Suite 4222, UNC Nutrition Building, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC
(704) 250-5701

Research: Dietary fiber-enriched functional foods; microencapsulation of functional food ingredients and antimicrobial agents

Hye Won Kang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
171-D Carver Hall
(336) 285-4858

Research: Obesity and diabetes prevention by activating brown fat and browning white fat using dietary compounds at the molecular biological and physiological levels, using mice and fat cell models

Sung-Jin Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
A-23 C.H. Moore
(336) 285-4735

Research: Aging-in-place; sustainable communities; housing affordability; secondary data analysis; mixed methods

Shengmin Sang, Ph.D.
Professor, Lead Scientist for Functional Foods, Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies
Suite 4222 UNC Nutrition Research Building,
North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC
(704) 250-5710

Research: Bioactive natural products from functional foods and herbal medicine to prevent/treat chronic diseases, such as cancer, obesity and diabetes

Reza Tahergorabi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
171-B Carver Hall
(336) 285-4865

Research: Food processing and packaging; increasing the value of muscle-food by-products through sustainable uses

Leonard L. Williams, Ph.D.
Professor, Director and Lead Scientist for Food Safety and Microbiology, Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies
Suite 4222, UNC Nutrition Research Building, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC
(704) 250-5703

Research: Food safety; microbiology and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens from food, veterinary and clinical sources

Jianmei Yu, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
161-C Carver Hall
Office phone number: (336) 285-4861

Research: Bioactive compounds of agricultural and food products; value added utilization of agricultural products and by-products; diet, nutrition and obesity prevention; food stability, shelf life and safety.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design

Arnab Bhowmik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
235-B Carver Hall
(336) 285-4847

Research: Mechanisms that govern soil organic-matter dynamics and the biological networks that provide ecosystem services in sustainable agricultural systems

Sanjun Gu, Ph.D.
Horticulture Specialist (75% Extension, 25% research)
Coltrane 103
(336) 285-4954

Research: High/low tunnel and field vegetables and small fruits, both organic and conventional; season extension; tomato and cucumber grafting; industrial hemp

Omon S. Isikhuemhen, Ph.D.
207 Carver Hall
(336) 285-4841

Research: Mushrooms; truffles

Abolghasem Shahbazi, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Biological Engineering Program, Director Bioenergy Center
107 Sockwell Hall
(336) 285-3830

Research: Bioenergy systems; waste-to-energy conversion technologies; biobased products development

Lijun Wang, Ph.D.
121 Sockwell Hall
(336) 285-3833

Research: Bioenergy processing technologies; waste-to-energy technologies; biobased products development; energy efficiency and management; computational process engineering

Guochen Yang, Ph.D.
224A Carver Hall
(336) 285-4853

Research: Plant tissue culture and micropropagation related to plant quality and production improvement; agroforestry; intercropping and alley cropping