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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Jose Reyes-De-Corcuera

Associate Professor
Biosensors, Enzyme Catalysis, Food Engineering

Dr. Reyes is developing strategies for enzyme stabilization to fabricate enzyme biosensors with extended operational life and cost-effective biocatalytic enzyme processes for the food and agricultural industries. Dr. Reyes has characterized the stabilizing effects of high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) of several enzymes including oxidases that are used in the fabrication of biosensors as well as lipases that can be used in the manufacture of natural flavors as well as in the modification of the physical and nutritional properties of edible oils.

Dr. Reyes’ research also includes the development of sensors to detect biofilm formation in water distribution systems and food contact surfaces as well as better understanding how different microorganisms contribute to the formation and the ecology of biofilms. Dr. Reyes is also leading an international collaboration to study minimize the variability of cacao fermentation to produce ultra-premium chocolate. This research aims at developing and deploying cost-effective technologies to smallholders in cacao-producing developing countries thereby increasing smallholders’ income and quality of life.

From 2005 to 2013, he served as Assistant and then Associate Professor of Food Processing Engineering at the University of Florida, Citrus Research and Education Center. In 2013, Dr. Reyes joined the University of Georgia as Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator at the Department of Food Science and Technology. Dr. Reyes returned to the University of Florida in 2022.

Contact Information


273 Frazier Rogers Hall

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

Website for NSF-IRES Project

  • Research and Extension
    • Biosensors
    • Enzyme Catalysis
    • Food Engineering
  • Education
    • Ph.D. Engineering Science, Washington State University, 2004 (Fulbright)
    • M.S. Chemical Engineering, Washington State University, 1998 (Fulbright)
    • B.S. Chemical Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 1995
  • Professional Experience
    • 2022 - Present
      Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida 
    • 2013 - 2022
      Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia 
    • 2011 - 2013
      Associate Professor of Food Process Engineering, Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida
    • 2005 - 2011
      Assistant Professor of Food Process Engineering, Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida
    • 2004 - 2005
      Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Washington State University
    • 1999 - 2004
      Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University 
    • 1994 - 1996
      Trainee, Process Engineer, Project Manager, CPI - SÜDMO, Mexico City.
  • Publications
  • Other Professional Activities
    • Humanitarian Food Science and Technology (Since 2019)

    • Institute of Food Technologists (since 1997)

    • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (since 2004)

    • Florida State Horticultural Society (since 2006-2013)

    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1992-2013)

    • Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers (1990-1994)

    • Chemical Society of Mexico (1992-1993)