Dr. Fajardo-Lira is a Professor in Food Science within the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science option in FCS. She received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science from Purdue University and a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. She coordinates the food science internship program and is the primary advisor for food science students. She is a member of the Food Science Communicators Committee for the Institute of Food Technologists and served on the Executive Committee for the Southern California Section of the Institute.
Her specialization area is food chemistry. Her research has focused on the study of dairy products, phytochemicals, education in food science, and sustainability. She has had several publications in journals such as Journal of Food Science Education, Nutrition and Cancer and Journal of Dairy Science. She teaches Introduction to Food Science, Product Development and Quality Assurance, Food Chemistry and Analysis, and a graduate seminar in Food Science