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September 2020
The Food Innovation Center is currently open during normal business hours. Classes with an in-person component are being held as scheduled while other classes are remotely taught. The University has implemented rules regarding social distancing and the wearing of masks. For details please visit There are hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout the building for your use. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at or 402-472-2831.
Congratulations to all of our August 2020 Graduates!

Danyan (Lisa) Gu

Master's Degree
Kristina Arslain (Rose/ Gustafson)

Xinjuan Hu (Stratton/ Meneses)
Esteban Valverde Bogantes (Hallen-Adams)
Yangjunna Zhang PhD (Wang)
The Fall 2020 issue of Nebraska Quarterly, a magazine produced by the Nebraska Alumni Association, is devoted to food and features Department faculty and the Dairy Store. Featured in the issue are Dr. Jennifer Auchtung, Dr. Byron Chavez, and Angela Garbacz (wife of Russell Parde). The magazine is available in print and online at
Lisbeth Vallecilla Yepez (UNL MS in Food Science and Technology and now BSE PhD student of Dr. Mark Wilkins) earned the John C. Nye Graduate Fellowship from ASABE. The John C. Nye Graduate Fellowship is dedicated to expanding the diversity of our Society. It was designed to encourage underrepresented minority PhD student participation in ASABE and aid minorities pursuing doctorate degrees in agricultural and biological engineering.
Dr. Deandrae Smith, a recent Food Science PhD grad from U of Arkansas, has joined the Department and FPC as a postdoc in the role as Senior Scientist, Sanitation and Food Safety.  She will be involved not only with FPC interns, quality control, auditing, and client projects but also in providing instruction for the 3+1 program.
Dr. Jeff Price, joins the Department on September 14 as a Research Assistant Professor with responsibilities as Associate Director of the Gnotobiotic Mouse Program.  He most recently was associated with the Thayer lab at UNMC. His PhD degree is in Immunology from Washington University and postdoc experience was with the NIH.
Congratulations to Dr. Ozan Cifti for his LIAB (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology International Award in Bioinnovation). LIAB honors ground-breaking research all around the world in domains such as bioavailability, transport and effectiveness of secondary plant compounds on a cellular level, anticancer natural compounds, etc. This award is given every 3 years. Dr. Ozan will be attending a virtual award ceremony presented from  Luxembourg.
Dr. Bing Wang was recruited as Food Safety Consultant for the Food Safety and Quality Unit, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation for two years, 2020-2022, and will provide technical support in the preparation and delivery of the FAO’s Provision of Scientific Advice on Food Safety. Dr. Wang is currently assisting the FAO regional office for Asia and the Pacific region to plan and lead a risk profile project for a newly emerging foodborne illness in countries in Southeast Asia
The National Science Foundation has released new requirements for approved submissions of biographical sketches and approved and pending support documents. The use of an NSF-approved format will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 5, 2020. You can find out more details in a webinar provided by the NSF.
Upcoming Events

Sep 14
FDST 951 - Dr. Guangshun Wang - 4:PM

Sep 21
FDST 951 - Dr. Bradley Bolling - 4 PM

Sep 28
FDST 951 -  Student Presentations: Tengfei Li, Janna Krager - 4 PM
Upcoming Workshops

Sept 22-24, 2020
Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods


Recent Publications

Auchtung JM, Preisner EC, Collins J, Lerma AI, and Britton RA. 2020. Identification of Simplified Microbial Communities that Inhibit Clostridioides difficile Infection through Dilution/Extinction. mSphere 5:e00387-20.

Wanying Cao,  Joseph L. Baumert, Melanie L. Downs (2020) Compositional and immunogenic evaluation of fractionated wheat beers using mass spectrometry. Food Chemistry 33:127379

Snigdha Guha,  The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry (JAFC), “Dietary γ-Glutamyl Valine Ameliorates TNF-α-Induced Vascular Inflammation via Endothelial Calcium-Sensing Receptors”.
The DOI of the paper is

Horvath TD, Haidacher SJ, Oezguen N, Hoch KM, Auchtung JM and Haag AM. 2020. Ruggedness testing of liquid chromotography-tandem mass spectrometry system components using microbiome-relevant methods and matrices. J. Microbial Methods 177:106020.
Horvath TD, Haidacher SJ, Hoch KM, Auchtung JM, and Haag AM. 2020. A high-throughput LC-MS/MS method for the measurement of the bile acid/salt content in microbiome-derived sample sets. MethodsX 7:100951.

Shajan Peter, Amanda Pendergraft, William VanDerPol, C. Mel Wilcox, Kondal R Kyanam Kabir Baig, Casey Morrow, Jacques Izard, Peter J. Mannon, Mucosa-associated microbiota in Barrett’s esophagus, dysplasia and esophageal adenocarcinoma differ similarly compared with healthy controls Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology (2020) vol. 11(8) p e00199.

Kar, A., Wei, X., Majumder, K., Eskridge, K., Handa, A., & Subbiah, J. (2020). Effect of traditional and radiofrequency assisted thermal processing on the gel firmness of egg white powder. LWT, 110091.

Bini Ramachandran, Charles T. Yang, Melanie L. Downs (2020) Parallel Reaction Monitoring Mass Spectrometry Method for Detection of Both Casein and Whey Milk Allergens from a Baked Food Matrix. Journal of Proteome Research 19(8):2964-2976

Wei, X., Agarwal, S., & Subbiah, J. (2020).    Evaluation of Enterococcus faecium NRRL B-2354 as a surrogate for Salmonella enterica in milk powders at different storage times and temperatures. Journal of Dairy Science, doi:10.3168/jds.2020-18298 Part of ISSN: 0022-0302.

Recent Awards

Byron Chaves (Lead: Gary Sullivan), Ne Beef Council, Antimicrobial Interventions on Spoilage and Microbial Communities of Beef during Extended Storage to Simulate Export, $57,730.

Devin Rose, Dept of Agriculture-ARS-NCAUR, The Effect of Food Processing on Fermentable Oligosaccharides in Human Colon and its Microbiota, $81,250.

Changmou Xu, Ne Dept Agriculture-Ne Craft Brewery Board, A Craft Brewery Industry Dilemma: Can Blended Local Public Hop Varieties Match A Proprietary Hop?, $22,023.

Internships and Jobs

Lab Animal Care Assistant 
Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Responsibilities for this position include preparing sterile food, water and bedding for the mice, entering the sterile supplies into isolators in an aseptic manner, performing periodic microbiological quality-control checks to ensure sterile isolator environments and assisting lab personnel with various mouse-related tasks.. Rate of pay is $9.00/hour. Applicants must be able to commit to working a minimum of 10 hrs/week Mon – Fri; weekend hours may be possible. No prior experience required; training will be provided. This position is available for Fall 2020 and possibly Spring 2021.

To apply Interested individuals should contact Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait ( directly to apply. Please send: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) schedule of days/times available to work and (4) indicate work study eligibility. Applications not containing all 4 items may not be reviewed.

Food Microbiology Intern

Corbian, Lenexa, KS

Corbion is looking for an Intern who is currently or recently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program with an interest and aptitude to work in the ingredient solutions industry to conduct exploratory, literature-based research on the raw poultry industry. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this position, the intern will learn how to take skills she or he may have acquired in school related to searching, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature, and apply them to create a comprehensive, chaptered document on raw poultry from an industry and scientific perspective. He or she will gain a better understanding of the role that a student/entry level team member can play in a corporate setting, and be better prepared to work in the arena of ingredient solutions. This position will be based off-site, with biweekly meetings onsite or via teleconference with the Intern's supervisor.

To apply please visit


Assistant Professor in Bakery Science

Kansas State University

The successful candidate will develop an innovative teaching program, encompassing both existing and new undergraduate and graduate courses (including online offerings) covering subject matter related to the science of baking. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain extramural support for and direct an undergraduate and graduate research program focused on relevant problems in the baking industry. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to, bakery processes, ingredient functionality, product safety, and quality. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as a critical faculty member of the Bakery Science Program and actively recruit new students. The candidate will advise undergraduate students and participate in undergraduate and graduate student club activities, as well as contribute to departmental, college and university committees, and appropriate professional/industry associations.

To apply please visit

Bioprocessing Laboratory Specialist

University of Illinois

Supervise and perform the day-to-day research, operations, and safety oversight of the IBRL-PPP and laboratory. Schedule and prepare for research trials by students, faculty, and outside researchers. Serve as primary research specialist for operating and maintaining extrusion research equipment in facility.
Ensure equipment is available and ready for use. Provide expertise to faculty, students, and outside users performing research to ensure safe and successful use of facility equipment, including coordinating without outside contractors as necessary.

Questions can be directed to Ronda Sullivan via e-mail ( or phone 217-244-9528.

Food Systems Engineering Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track)

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK

The candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized and transformative research program in food processing and food manufacturing to support sustainable food supply systems in Arkansas, focusing on the protein industry including poultry and/or emerging plant-based meat alternative food proteins. This position is part of a three position Food Engineering cluster hire in BAEG and FDSC. The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program in concert with the other two positions: food sustainability/big data and customized/personalized foods.

To apply please visit

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Food Microbiology) (2 Positions)

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Seeking a postdoctoral researcher specializing in food microbiology to work on various projects in the
Departments of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Food Science and Technology. The position involves considerable interdisciplinary and collaborative activities and is located in the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

To apply: Please contact or

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