Improved Cacao Fermentation for Ultra-Premium Chocolate

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jose Reyes, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (

Area of Expertise

Food science, food engineering, chemical engineering, enzymes, biosensors

Student Background

Food science, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology

Faculty Website

Dr. Reyes is looking for REEU students with background and interest in food science, biological/chemical engineering, or chemistry to work on a summer project that will focus on developing small scale cacao fermenters that can be used by small holders in developing countries. REEU students will work directly with Dr. Reyes. Undergraduate students will also participate in weekly research meetings with graduate students and will be exposed to other areas of research in Dr. Reyes’ laboratory including stabilization of enzymes under high hydrostatic pressure, development of novel naturally flavored chocolate beverages, biofilm formation and dynamics etc. Students will have the opportunity to visit many of UGA research facilities and to network with other researchers on campus for professional development.

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Jose Reyes, Ph.D.
University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences