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Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Steven Pao, Ph.D., CFS

Steven Pao

Professor and Department Chair

Office: FFS 111

Phone: 559-278-2164

EducationPh.D. and M.S. - The Ohio State University; B.S. - Chinese Culture University, Taipei.

CoursesIntroduction to Food Science and Technology, Quality Assurance in the Food and Dairy Industry, Dairy Processing, Food Laws and Regulations, FSMA Preventive Control for Human Food.

Research Areas: Food safety and hygiene, food microbiology, packinghouse sanitation, minimal processing-preservation methods, pathogen intervention, and control process validation.

Affiliations: Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Statement: Dr. Steven Pao holds a Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Food Scientist with the Institute of Food Technologists. Before joining Fresno State, he built an applied research program on food protection and farm hygiene at Virginia State University. He worked for the Florida Department of Citrus and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and patented fruit processing technologies prior to his academic career. He has consulted in Azerbaijan, China, El Salvador, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Nigeria with emphasis on food safety and quality management. He has been the recipient of research grants from federal, state, and private entities. His work has appeared in professional publications such as the Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, Journal of Food Protection, HortTechnology, and Livestock Science. He has served as a proposal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is an editorial board member of Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. His resume is available at