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Lab Members & Research Collaborators

Lab Members: 

Catherine Belisle.   Catherine is a PhD student currently working on evaluating quality of various lettuce breeding lines.  She completed her M.S. degree from the University of Georgia in 2017 on peach fruit quality.  

Carina Thodore.Carina is a M.S. student from Haiti. She is working on the evaluation of postharvest handling quality of fresh broccoli in Florida y Haiti. She obtained her Bachelor's at EARTH University in Costa Rica.

Adrian Berry.  Adrian is the Sr. Biological Scientist for the lab. She graduated from U.F. in 2002 with a M.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Plant Pathology. Her duties include overseeing daily laboratory activities and lab personnel.


Research Collaborators:

Ramadhani Majubwa. Ramadhani is currently working as a lecturer at the Solcoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. He received a Ph.D. from UF in 2016, where he investigated the effect of various rootstocks and de-greening treatments on the postharvest quality of mandarin.  He received a B.S. in Horticulture and M.S. in Crop Science from the Solcoine University.

Celso L. Moretti, PhD.  Celso is the center director of the EMBRAPA National Vegetable Crop Research Center in Brasilia, Brazil. A postharvest researcher, Dr. Moretti also teaches and advises graduate students at the National University of Brasilia. Since 2006,  he has been a courtesy professor at the University of Florida in the Horticultural Sciences Department. His research focus is in postharvest physiology and technology and his areas of interest include quality, fresh cut storage, food safety, traceability, bioactive compounds. He and Dr. Sargent collaborateon many different projects, including the annual UF-IFAS/Embrapa Postharvest Technical Tour.

Marcio Pereira, PhD.  Marcio is currently working for the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation - Embrapa as a researcher in Postharvest Physiology and Handling of Tropical Fruits. He received a Ph.D. from UF in 2010, where he investigated the effects of ethylene and 1-MCP on volatile compounds and sensory attributes of avocado fruit.  He received a M.S. in Plant Science in 1999 from the Universidade Federal de Vicosa in Brazil.

Angelo P. Jacomino, PhD.  Angelo is a professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His research focus is Fruit Crops and Postharvest Physiology and Technology of Fruits and Vegetables.  He conducted research at UF for 1yr involving strawberry hydrocooling and papaya ripening.   Curriculum vitae

Marcelo Carnelossi, PhD.  Marcelo is a professor at the Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil. His research focus is Fresh Cut Vegetables and Postharvest Physiology and Technology of Fruits and Vegetables and Processing Technology of Vegetables. He is currently working at UF to develop methods for hydrocooling fresh strawberries and to study the physiological changes of fresh cut vegetables in mixed salads.