Florence Zakharov, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, is the new director of the Postharvest Technology Center, succeeding Trevor Suslow, Cooperative Extension research specialist emeritus.
In her director’s note in the center’s January newsletter, Zakharov said: “I have been involved with the center since joining the faculty of the Department of Plant Sciences in 2006, and I truly believe in the ‘cross-fertilization’ between industry and academia.”
She earned a Master’s of Science degree in biotechnology and plant breeding from Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Toulouse (France), and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Purdue University.
Her research interest lies in molecular biology and biochemistry of plant volatile metabolism, with a specific focus on fruit aroma development and regulation. “I am also interested in investigating the chemical determinants of flavor and developing methods for the rapid and objective assessment of fruit flavor quality,” she said.
She has appointed Angelos Deltsidis as the center’s associate director. He is an international postharvest specialist with a split appointment at the Postharvest Technology Center and the Horticulture Innovation Lab.
Deltsidis provides technical support on postharvest technology and physiology for international development projects and conducts lab research. He holds a Ph.D. in horticulture sciences from the University of Florida, where his studies focused on the postharvest life of tomato fruit, and how low temperature storage and modified atmosphere packaging affect fruit quality. He also completed the university’s master’s program in agribusiness in the Department of Food and Resource Economics.
[Article from Dateline, Jan. 29, 2019]