Reza Tahergorabi

TitleAssociate Professor

DepartmentFamily and Consumer Sciences


OfficeCarver Hall
Room: 171- B

1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

 Reza Tahergorabi


Postdoc: Postdoctoral Fellow, Purdue University, 2013

Ph D: Animal and Food Science, West Virginia University, 2012

Postdoc: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oregon State University, Seafood Research and Education Center , 2012

MS: Natural Resources Engineering (Fisheries), Tehran Azad University, 2007

BS: Fisheries Engineering, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, 2003

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

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2019).  Efficacy of sweet potato starch-based coating to improve quality and safety of hen eggs during storage.  ( 3,  9,  pp. 205).   Coatings.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2019).  Milk Bacteria and Gastrointestinal Tract: Microbial Composition of Milk.    Academic Press.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2019).  Egg quality and safety with an overview of edible coating application for egg preservation.  ( 296,  pp. 29-39).   Food Chemistry.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2018).  Development and Characterization of Fish-based Superfoods.    InTechOpen.

Issa,  Aseel  Schimmel,  Keith  Worku,  Mulumebet  Shahbazi,  Abolghasem  Ibrahim,  Salam  Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2018).  Sweet Potato Starch-Based Nanocomposites: Development, Characterization, and Biodegradability.  ( 7-8,  70,  ).   STARCH-STARKE.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 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 .

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2018).  Salvia spp. plants-from farm to food applications and phytopharmacotherapy.    Trends in Food Science & Technology .

Issa,  Aseel  Schimmel,  Keith  Worku,  Mulumebet  Abolghasem,  Shahbazi  Ibrahim,  Salam  Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2018).  Sweet Potato Starch‐Based Nanocomposites: Development, Characterization and Biodegradability.    Starch‐Stärke.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2017).  Egg as Nutraceuticals.  Egg Production: Innovations and Strategies for Improvements    Elsevier.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2017).  Proteins, Peptides and Amino Acids.  In Charis Galanakis,  Nutraceutical and Functional Food Components: Effects of Innovative Processing Techniques    Elsevier.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 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.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2017).  Application of a surimi-based coating to improve the quality attributes of shrimp during refrigerated storage.  ( 6,  ).   Foods.

Issa,  Aseel   Ibrahim,  Salam  Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 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.

Anyanwu,  Ugochukwu   Alakhrash,  Fatimah   Hosseini ,  Seyed Vali  Ibrahim,  Salam  Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 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.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  Ibrahim,  Salam  ( 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    Springer International Publishing.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2016).  Inactivation Kinetics of Foodborne Pathogens with Electron Beam Emphasizing Salmonella.  In Amit K. Jaiswal,  Food Processing Technologies: Impact on Product Attributes    CRC Press.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2016).  Natural antioxidants: control of oxidation in fish and fish products.  In Rituparna Banerjee,  Natural Antioxidants: Applications in Foods of Animal Origin    CRC Press.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2016).  Seafood Proteins and Human Health.  In Susan Raatz, ,  Fish and Fish Oil in Health and Disease.    Elsevier.

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2016).  Sweet Potato Starch/ Clay Nanocomposite Film: New Material for Emerging Biodegradable Food packaging.  ( 3,  3,  ).   MOJ Food processing & Technology .

Tahergorabi,  Reza  ( 2016).  Physicochemical Properties of Alaska Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) Surimi Gels with Oat Bran.  ( 66,  pp. 41 – 47).   LWT – Food Science and Technology.