Food Science and Human Nutrition

Enhancing human health and quality of life through education, research, and outreach in food and nutrition sciences. The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Iowa State University (ISU), located in the heartland of the United States, is among the top programs in the nation. Administered by the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Sciences, FSHN offers significant opportunities for students to study in fully equipped, state of the art laboratories; network with professionals and alumni through student organizations and professional associations; study abroad in places like Spain, India, and Peru. Our world-renowned faculty provide expertise on a diverse range of topics surrounding food and nutrition. They are on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research such as the nutritional relationships in cancer, diabetes and obesity and the development and production of new food products that promote health and prevent disease. Collaborating with the BioCentury Research Farm, Center for Crops Utilization Research, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, and Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, and others, FSHN students and faculty are promoting health and well-being through food and nutrition.

FSHN Department News

Shaw Provides FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Course
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will begin providing FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food training in summer of 2016. This three day Basic Preventive Controls training is designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained […]

Anderson Receives 2016 International Achievement Award
Jean Anderson, Senior Clinician of Food Science and Human Nutrition, devotes her time to building and expanding the learning opportunities for dietetics students at Iowa State University. As director of the Dietetics Internship (DI) program for nearly 20 years, Anderson has developed the program to become the largest in the world, managing approximately 160 interns […]

Jay-Lin Jane-Topel and David Topel Receive 2016 Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award
Congratulations to Jay-Lin Jane-Topel and David G. Topel on receiving the 2016 Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award. While faculty members, the couple spent as much time serving the university as they did in the classroom. This award recognizes individuals or couples who are current or retired Iowa State University faculty or staff […]

Dietetics Student Creates Blog to Communicate Nutrition Education
Emily Wisecup, senior in dietetics, is determined to educate others about the truths of nutrition. She grew up with a mother that enjoyed cooking American favorites for her family. While Emily enjoyed the meals her mother cooked, she quickly realized after going to college that she had few cooking skills of her own. The lack […]

Brehm-Stecher Receives 2016 Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award
Photo By Blake Lanser Byron Brehm-Stecher, Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, focuses on developing methods to improve food safety and quality, such as a cutting-edge effort to develop applications for functional food ingredients that will provide food scientists with new tools in the fight against harmful bacteria.

Mellata Receives Patent for Methods of Inhibiting Tumors
By Megan Pulse, FSHN Marketing and Communications Melha Mellata, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, now has a patent that covers new methodology for safer and effective cancer treatments. Melha Mellata, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, researches the development of effective intervention strategies against diseases. Mellata focuses primarily on […]

Shaw Receives 2016 Creativity in Service to All Iowans Award
By Megan Pulse, FSHN Marketing and Communications Angela Shaw, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Extension and Outreach Food Safety Specialist, is determined to educate farmers, retailers, industries, and food manufacturers across Iowa to use good agricultural practices.

Litchfield Receives 2016 Excellence in Research-Based Programming Award
By Megan Pulse, FSHN Marketing and Communications Ruth Litchfield, Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Nutrition Specialist focuses on youth, school and community nutrition programs using the socio-ecological model of behavior change. Litchfield dedicates her time to connecting the needs of Iowans with […]

March 2016 Student Spotlight
Justin Banach, Graduate Assistant-Research, Food Science Club, Food Product Development Team Why did you choose to attend Iowa State?I came to ISU to work on an interesting research project involving the modification of an underutilized dairy protein ingredient. At that time, I had just learned about the proposed modification techniques in one of my classes […]

Iowa State University to Host Regional Center for Food Safety, Receives FDA Grant
February 29, 2016By: Fred Love, ISU News Service AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University will become a regional center for food safety in an effort to help businesses that grow and process food comply with new federal regulations in the coming years. The federal Food and Drug Administration awarded Iowa State a three-year, $950,000 grant […]

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