Reza Tahergorabi

Associate Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Ag & Environ Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

Carver Hall 171- B
B.S.Fisheries Engineering / University of Sistan and Baluchestan
M.S.Natural Resources Engineering (Fisheries) / Tehran Azad University
Ph.D.Animal and Food Science / West Virginia University
PostdocPostdoctoral Research Associate / Oregon State University, Seafood Research and Education Center
PostdocPostdoctoral Fellow / Purdue University

Research Interests

My research interest is focused on food processing and packaging. I seek to increase the value of muscle food (i.e. seafood, poultry, and red meat) processing by-products from a sustainable perspective. Muscle food processing generates large quantities of materials which cannot be used directly for human consumption. Hence, they are called by-products or waste. I apply a relatively new methodology of Isoelectric Solubilization and Precipitation (ISP) for the recovery of proteins from muscle food by-products. I have used surimi seafood as a model to study the textural and rheological behaviors of muscle food proteins. Currently, I am expanding the application of the isolated proteins to deep-fat fried foods. In addition, I attempt to enhance the safety and quality of food products by using active biodegradable films, edible coatings, and nanocomposites for food packaging.

Recent Publications

  • Abdulhakim Sharaf Eddin, Reza Tahergorabi (2019). (Efficacy of sweet potato starch-based coating to improve quality and safety of hen eggs during storage). (3) 9, pp. 205 ). Coatings.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2019). (Milk Bacteria and Gastrointestinal Tract: Microbial Composition of Milk). pp. 265 – 274 ). Academic Press.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2019). (Egg quality and safety with an overview of edible coating application for egg preservation). 296, pp. 29-39 ). Food Chemistry.
  • Malak Azahrani, Reza Tahergorabi (2019). (Development of low-fat fried fish using a two-prong strategy). (1) 17, pp. 882-891 ). CyTA - Journal of Food .
  • Shahbazi Abolghasem, Salam Ibrahim, Aseel Issa, Keith Schimmel, Reza Tahergorabi, Mulumebet Worku (2018). (Sweet Potato Starch‐Based Nanocomposites: Development, Characterization and Biodegradability). pp. 8 ). Starch‐Stärke.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2018). (Application of protein-based edible coatings for fat uptake reduction in deep-fat fried foods with an emphasis on muscle food proteins). 80, pp. 167-174 ). Trends in Food Science & Technology .
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2018). (Salvia spp. plants-from farm to food applications and phytopharmacotherapy). ). Trends in Food Science & Technology .
  • Salam Ibrahim, Aseel Issa, Keith Schimmel, Abolghasem Shahbazi, Reza Tahergorabi, Mulumebet Worku (2018). (Sweet Potato Starch-Based Nanocomposites: Development, Characterization, and Biodegradability). (7-8) 70, ). STARCH-STARKE.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2018). (Development and Characterization of Fish-based Superfoods). pp. 33 – 48 ). InTechOpen.
  • Fatimah Alakhrash, Ugochukwu Anyanwu, Seyed Vali Hosseini , Salam Ibrahim, Reza Tahergorabi (2017). (Effect of bay (Laurus nobilis L.) essential oil on surimi gels nutritionally enhanced with salmon and flaxseed oils). (26) 4, pp. 1-16 ). Journal of Aquatic Food Product Technology.
  • Salam Ibrahim, Aseel Issa, Reza Tahergorabi (2017). (Impact of Sweet Potato Starch-based Nanocomposite Films Activated with Thyme Essential Oil on the Shelf-life of Baby Spinach Leaves). (43) 6, ). Foods.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2017). (Proteins, Peptides and Amino Acids). In Charis Galanakis, (Nutraceutical and Functional Food Components: Effects of Innovative Processing Techniques) pp. 15 – 38 ). Elsevier.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2017). (Egg as Nutraceuticals). (Egg Production: Innovations and Strategies for Improvements) pp. 271 – 279 ). Elsevier.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2017). (Development of a sweet potato starch-based coating and its effect on quality attributes of shrimp during refrigerated storage). 88, pp. 203-209 ). LWT-Food Science and Technology.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2017). (Application of a surimi-based coating to improve the quality attributes of shrimp during refrigerated storage). 6, ). Foods.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2016). (Physicochemical Properties of Alaska Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) Surimi Gels with Oat Bran). 66, pp. 41 – 47 ). LWT – Food Science and Technology.
  • Salam Ibrahim, Reza Tahergorabi (2016). (Functional Food Product Development from Fish Processing By-products Using Isoelectric Solubilization/Precipitation). (Proceedings of the 2013 National Conference on Advances in Environmental Science and Technology) pp. 179–183 ). Springer International Publishing.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2016). ( Sweet Potato Starch/ Clay Nanocomposite Film: New Material for Emerging Biodegradable Food packaging). (3) 3, ). MOJ Food processing & Technology .
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2016). (Natural antioxidants: control of oxidation in fish and fish products). In Rituparna Banerjee, (Natural Antioxidants: Applications in Foods of Animal Origin) ). CRC Press.
  • Reza Tahergorabi (2016). (Seafood Proteins and Human Health). In Susan Raatz, , (Fish and Fish Oil in Health and Disease.) pp. 323 – 330 ). Elsevier.