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About V.M. Balasubramaniam

Our food safety engineering laboratory emphasis on multidisciplinary team oriented research that integrate basic engineering principles with microbiology and chemistry concepts in solving practical problems of industrial interest.
Our current research focus is on high-pressure pasteurization and sterilization of foods.
Our team investigate combined pressure-thermal resistance of surrogate organisms for process validation.
We evaluate combined pressure-thermal effects on various food products and evaluate product quality. We develop kinetic models for bacterial inactivation and estimate thermo physical properties of foods under pressure.


Present Department of Food Science and Technology/Department of Agricultural, Food and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University
Present Professor of Food Safety Engineering, The Ohio State University

Research Interests

Food Engineering, Food Safety, Thermal and Nonthermal Food Processing, and High Pressure Food Processing

Honors and Awards

  • 2011 OARDC Distinguished Junior Faculty Research Award
  • 2012 IFT Fellow
  • Outstanding Member of the year,2004 Nonthermal Processing division
  • Hormel Research Award


Contact Information

V.M. (Bala) Balasubramaniam, Ph.D.
Professor of Food Safety Engineering
Department of Food Science and Technology
Department of Food Ag Bio Eng
The Ohio State University, 2015 Fyffe Road,
333 Parker Food Science and Technology Building
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614 292 1732 Fax: 614 292 0218


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