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Christina DeWitt

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Interim Director
christina.dewitt [at]

Seafood Research & Education Center

Seafood Research & Education Center 253

OSU Seafood Laboratory 2001 Marine Dr. Ste 253

OSU Seafood Laboratory
2001 Marine Dr. Ste 253
Astoria, OR 97103-3420

My research interests are focused on efforts that improve seafood utilization, quality and safety. Particularly with regard to understanding how injection/marinade and high pressure processes can be used to enhance fresh product quality while minimizing impacts on nutritional value and safety. Interests also center on enhancing utilization of co-products generated from seafood processing and minimization of processing waste.

OSU Seafood Research & Education Center
2001 Marine Dr Room 253
Astoria,OR 97103


Experiment Station
I accept graduate students for the Food Science and Technology Department
I can serve on graduate committees
Courses Taught: 

FST 599/699 Seafood Technology

Beyond OSU

Personal Interests: 

My personal interests "currently" include reading, walking and biking with my aussies Teddy and Rocket, and fly fishing.  Really, any kind of fishing, but fly fishing in particular.



Christina A. Mireles DeWitt graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989 with a B.S. in Food Science & Technology.  She completed her M.S. thesis “Complex mechanisms of chitosan and naturally occurring polyanions” and her doctoral thesis “Recovery and utilization of catheptic proteases from surimi wash water” at Oregon State University.  She spent 7 years working for commercial food testing laboratories, American Microbiological Services Incorporated and Silliker Laboratories.  She spent 11 years as a Food Chemist at Oklahoma State University in the department of Animal Sciences and was housed from 2008-2010 in the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center.  She joined the faculty at Oregon State University in 2011 and currently serves as the Director of the OSU Seafood Lab, a Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station housed in the Seafood Research & Education Center in Astoria, OR.  Her faculty appointment is as an associate professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology.   Dr. DeWitt’s current research is focused on improving seafood quality, safety and utilization.

Professional Accomplishments

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Institute of Food Technologists
    • Aquatic Food Products Division, Member-At-Large, 2007-2009, Secretary 2010, Chair-Elect 2011, Chair, 2012, Past Chair, 2013
  • Phi Tau Sigma
  • Pacific Fisheries Technologists
  • Atlantic and Gulf Seafood Technologist

B.S. 1989 - Texas A&M University, Food Science and Technology
M.S. 1994 - Oregon State University, Food Science and Technology
Ph.D. 2000 - Oregon State University, Food Science and Technology


2016-current Co-Editor-in-Chief. Journal of Aquatic Food Product Technology


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Outreach and Extension