Maria L. Marco, Ph.D.
Professor; Chair of the Food Science Graduate Group
Food Science and Technology
Food Science (2009 - )
Ph.D. Microbial Biology. University of California, Berkeley, CA
B.S. Microbiology with Honors and Distinction. Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Professor Marco investigates microorganisms in foods and intestinal ecosystems. Her research emphasizes lactic acid bacteria and the contributions of these bacteria to the production of fermented foods and beverages and to human health and well-being. Dr. Marco and her team use approaches in systems biology, genetics, and ecology to study the shared and unique properties of individual strains as well as the functional capacities of food and gut microbiomes.
Extension of Knowledge Activities
FST104 – Food Microbiology
FST204 – Advanced Food Microbiology