North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies (CEPHT) conducts cutting-edge research in post-harvest technologies and food science in a 6,000-square-foot wet lab and office suite located in the UNC Nutrition Research Institute building.
Post-harvest technologies focus on improving the quality and safety of food after it has left the farm. CEPHT’s goal is the development of multidisciplinary programs focused on post-harvest technologies including research pertaining to processing, preservation, consumer research, recovery of health promoting food components, food safety issues, storage stability and quality and value-added product development for food and non-food uses. The program creates new jobs and enhances the economic opportunities for the agricultural sector in North Carolina along all components of the supply line from producers to consumers.
Specific research areas include:
Leonard Williams, PhD, MBA
Director, Lead Scientist for Food Safety and Microbiology and Professor of Food Sciences