Bornhorst, Gail

Associate Professor Gail Bornhorst

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
3056 Bainer Hall
University of California
Davis, California 95616

Email:  gbornhorst at

Phone: (530) 752 9329


As a faculty member in the Departments of Biological & Agricultural Engineering and Food Science & Technology, Dr. Bornhorst’s research focuses on quantitative methods to understand material transport, breakdown, and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract to improve food safety and quality, increase consumer health benefits, and optimize food processing operations. Her lab works on quantifying changes in material properties during digestion and their impact on food breakdown and nutrient release, development of next-generation dynamic in vitro model systems, and the impact of processing and cooking methods on food digestion processes.

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