Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research

Through the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research, the of goal of agriculture research at TSU is to create and communicate new knowledge in the agricultural and environmental sciences.  Through our innovative research, we address the needs of humankind, focusing on finding solutions to challenges faced by socially and economically disadvantaged groups, and contributing to the prosperity of the citizens of Tennessee, the nation, and the world.  

Our faculty and staff have been educated and trained at many of the best institutions in the US and the world and dedicate themselves to improving the lives of others.  This group of individuals takes pride in partnering with USDA/NIFA to advance agricultural and environmental knowledge in the high-priority NIFA areas to make a positive difference in our society.  

All of our research programs are designed to include experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and all offer the opportunity for student employment.


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Research Areas

Our scientists and students perform research in the following areas:

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Research Funding

Faculty in the College of Agriculture are supported in their research and Extension activities with Land-grant funding from the USDA/NIFA.

Faculty also pursue external competitive funding to support research and Extension efforts.  Funding is obtained from a variety of federal, state, and private sources.  A complete list of actively funded projects that are led by our faculty can be viewed here.

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Research Facilities

Our state-of-the-art research facilities include over 52,000 sq.ft. of laboratory and office space on the TSU main campus and the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, Tennessee, plus over 600 acres of field research space. In addition to the College's facilities, our students and faculty also utilize the TSU Core Facilities, a new $2 million laboratory for scanning electron microscopy, flow cytometry, protenomics, and nano-technology research. 

More information about our Research and Education Centers can be found here.

A listing of some of our laboratory instrumentation and its uses is available here.

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Research Faculty

The research faculty in the College of Agriculture are highly trained and experts in their fields.  We employ over 35 PhD-level scientists to conduct research in areas such as animal science, environmental science, plant science, food science, agribusiness, and human sciences.  A directory of our research faculty and their areas areas of expertise is located here.

Labwork

 

Research Focus Groups

Agribusiness
Dr. Prabodh Illukpitiya, Leader
Dr. Enefiok Ekanem
Dr. Aditya Khanal
 
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
Dr. John Ricketts, Leader
Dr. Thomas Broyles
Dr. Sky Georges
Dr. Latif Lighari

Animal Science
Dr. Richard Browning, Leader
Dr. Carollyn Boykins-Winrow
Dr. Makonnen Lema
Dr. Samuel Nahashon
Dr. Yongming Sang
 
Children, Youth and Families
Dr. Beatrice Harris
Dr. Margaret Machara
Dr. Graham Matthews
Dr. Melanie Austin
Ms. Akela Barnett (ELC director)

Fashion Merchandising and Product Development
Dr. Linda Gardner
Dr. Pauline Sullivan

Food and Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Veronica Oates
Dr. Elyse Shearer
Ms. Sharon Suggs
Ms. Rita Fleming

Food Science
Dr. Fur-Chi Chen, Leader
Dr. Alyar Fouladkhah
Dr. Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge
Dr. Ankit Patras
Dr. Ramasamy Ravi
Dr. Hongwei Si
Dr. Ying Wu




Natural Resources

Dr. Tom Byl, Leader
Dr. Clement Akumu
Dr. Reginald Archer
Dr. Jason de Koff
Dr. Samuel Dennis
Dr. Solomon Haile
Dr. Jianwei Li
Dr. Bharat Pokharel
Dr. Sudipta Rakshit
Dr. William Sutton
Dr. De’Etra Young

Plant Science
Dr. Margaret Mmbaga, leader
Dr. Karla Addesso
Dr. Kaushalya Amarasekare
Dr. Ahmad Aziz
Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel
Dr. Mathew Blair
Dr. Fitzroy Bullock
Dr. Arvazena Clardy
Dr. Charles K. Dumenyo
Dr. Dilip Nandwani
Dr. Jason Oliver
Dr. Emmanuel Omondi
Dr. Christine Ondzighi-Assoume
Dr. Darmalingham Pitchay
Dr. Sonali Roy
Dr. Ali Taheri
Dr. Anthony Witcher
Dr. Suping Zhou

Well-being and Health  
Ms. Rita Fleming
Dr. Veronica Oates
Dr. Melanie Austin
Ms. Akela Barnett
Dr. Linda Gardner