Dr. de Mello's research focus on positively impact meat industry operations, production costs, meat quality attributes, and animal welfare.
Current research topics include pre and post-harvest food safety interventions, effects of feeding different sources of energy on meat composition, shelf life stability, added value-fresh cuts, and effects of physiologic parameters on muscle-to-meat transformation.
Food Safety Project
Extension has been instrumental in bringing about the "Nevada Food Safety Task Force," which strives to provide a working forum for food safety experts and to improve communication between all entities that are held accountable for food safety and security within our state.Improving Food Safety Education for Child and Adult Care Providers in Nevada.
University of Nevada, Reno - Early Career Innovator Award (2018).
Washoe County 4H Program - Friend of 4-H Service Award (2019).
University of Nevada, Reno - Cooperative Extension Outstanding Academic Faculty (2020).
USDA - National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) - Advisor (2008-)
Nevada Food Safety Task Force (NFSTF) - Academia Chair (2015-2020)