Experts by Expertise: Food and Agriculture

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The correct name of the university is “University at Buffalo,” not “University of Buffalo.”

  • Diana Aga.

    Diana Aga

    Director of the UB RENEW Institute

    Expertise: chemicals of emerging concern; industrial pollution; wastewater treatment; environmental impact of PFAS ("forever chemicals"), PCBs, PBDEs (flame retardants), pesticides, nanomaterials, antimicrobials, pharmaceuticals and personal care products; antibiotic resistance in the environment; target and non-target analysis; Great Lakes pollution

    Phone: 716-645-4220


  • Head shot of Victor Albert, University at Buffalo plant evolution expert.

    Victor Albert

    Empire Innovation Professor of Biological Sciences

    Expertise: plant evolutionary biology; evolution of carnivorous plants; genomes of Amborella, avocado, birch, coffee and gardenia; comparative genomics; junk DNA

    Phone: 716-645-4983


  • Portrait of Katherine N. Balantekin.

    Katherine N. Balantekin

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: obesity, disordered eating, parental influences on child eating behavior, childhood obesity, diet culture, anti-obesity drugs

    Phone: 716-829-5578


  • Head shot of Derek Daniels, University at Buffalo thirst and ingestive behavior expert.

    Derek Daniels

    Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences

    Expertise: science of thirst; science of food, water and salt intake; ingestive/eating behaviors

    Phone: 716-645-0264


  • Head shot of Myles Faith, University at Buffalo expert on childhood obesity and children's eating behavior.

    Myles S. Faith

    Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

    Expertise: childhood obesity, children’s eating habits, family health

    Phone: 716-645-1124


  • Head shot of Shira Gabriel, University at Buffalo social psychology and social connection expert.

    Shira Gabriel

    Professor of Psychology

    Expertise: social psychology, social connections, sense of self, the need to belong, comfort food

    Phone: 716-645-0227


  • Head shot of Jessica Kruger, University at Buffalo faculty expert on consumption and addictive behaviors.

    Jessica Kruger

    Clinical Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: cannabis, binge-watching, consumption, addictive behaviors, substance use and abuse, health behavior decision-making

    Phone: 716-829-6748


  • Head shot of Lucia A. Leone, University at Buffalo food access expert.

    Lucia A. Leone

    Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: food access, mobile produce markets, WIC, obesity prevention, physical activity

    Phone: 716-829-6953


  • Head shot of Charles Lindsey.

    Charles Lindsey

    Associate Professor of Marketing

    Expertise: consumer behavior, advertising, marketing strategy and research, brand loyalty, serving and package sizes

    Contact: Charles Lindsey can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Portrait of Yan Liu, University at Buffalo Chinese history expert, with a focus on the history of Chinese medicine, food and spices and comparative medicine.

    Yan Liu

    Associate Professor of History

    Expertise: history of Chinese medicine, food and spices; history of epidemics; history of the senses; comparative historical perspectives in medicine

    Phone: 716-645-8404


  • Head shot of Danielle Meyer, University at Buffalo nutrition and diet expert, including on fad and celebrity diets and nutrition myths.

    Danielle Meyer

    Clinical Director of the Dietetic Internship Program in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: fad diets (keto, carb-free), debunking nutrition myths, oncology nutrition, geriatric nutrition, supplements

    Phone: 716-829-5652


  • Head shot of Samina Raja.

    Samina Raja

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

    Expertise: food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

    Phone: 716-829-5881


  • Head shot of Sarah Robert, University at Buffalo faculty expert on teachers, teachers' unions and school food.

    Sarah A. Robert

    Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: teaching as an occupation; teachers’ unions; labor issues in education; global education reform; gender and equity in education; school food

    Phone: 716-645-4046


  • Head shot of Stefan Ruhl, University at Buffalo saliva and oral biology expert.

    Stefan Ruhl

    Professor of Oral Biology

    Expertise: saliva, oral bacteria, glycobiology of bacterial adhesion, oral microbiome, oral health

    Phone: 716-829-6073


  • Jennifer Temple.

    Jennifer L. Temple

    Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: caffeine use among kids, energy drinks, obesity

    Phone: 716-829-5593


  • Portrait of Ann-Marie Torregrossa, University at Buffalo taste science and food choice expert.

    Ann-Marie Torregrossa

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Expertise: taste science, feeding, food choice, bitterness

    Phone: 716-645-0354


  • Head shot of Marion Werner, University at Buffalo international trade expert.

    Marion Werner

    Professor of Geography

    Expertise: global trade; agriculture, food, labor rights and trade; agri-business; development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Phone: 716-645-0475


  • Head shot of Kari J. Winter.

    Kari J. Winter

    Professor of American Studies

    Expertise: gender, feminism, race, class, slavery, politics of food, literature

    Phone: 716-645-0827


  • Head shot of Sanjukta Das Smith.

    Sunyee Yoon

    Assistant Professor of Marketing

    Expertise: social status and mobility; socially responsible consumption; products that promote animal welfare; consumer behavior

    Contact: Sunyee Yoon can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or