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August 2022
The Department of Food Science and Technology and The Food Processing Center would like to welcome new and returning students to the 2022 Fall Semester!
Students, faculty, and the facilities at the Food Innovation Center were featured in several news articles in Nebraska Today and social media.

Alum Dr. Lisbeth Vallecilla Yepez (upper left) was featured in a Class of 2022 spotlight on UNL's social media. Dr. Yepez is quoted as saying, "I am passionate about finding biological solutions to the world's problems while taking care of the planet. I see myself working in a industry position in the biotechnology field."

Alum Dr.
Snigdha Guha (upper right) was also featured as a graduating student in the Class of 2022. Dr. Guha discussed her research into pure and isolated gamma glutamyl peptides derived from food as potential preventative measures for vascular inflammation. The complete article can be read at

Dr. Changmou Xu and his wife and co-founder, Dr. Xiaoqing Xie (lower left), worked with numerous campus entities to increase the value of the aronia berry through their startup, A+ Berry. Their efforts were featured in Nebraska Today and can be read at

The Food Processing Center's Sensory Analysis Lab (lower right) and Julie Reiling were featured in a recent Nebraska Today Article. Julie discussed the types of sensory tests that are conducted there as well as some of the products that were the subject of testing. The full article is available at
Congratulations to Dr. Charles Nwaizu and Dr. Jeff Price on receiving graduate faculty status. They may serve on graduate student supervisory committees and mentor their own graduate students.
The fifth cohort of students, in the 3+1 Program toured campus and the Food Innovation Center before beginning their classes on August 22, 2022. They are pictured here with Dr. Charles Nwaizu, Dr. Dongjin Park, Dr. Keting Li and several graduate students from earlier cohorts.
Congratulations to Tengfei Li (left) and Carmen Cano Roca (Right) here pictured with Dr. Curt Weller. Tengfei and Carmen attended IAFP 2022 where they were awarded Student Travel Awards.The award provides travel funding for full-time students to attend the annual meeting (including symposia and technical sessions) of the International Association for Food Protection and to encourage developing scientists to participate in association activities.
At the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) 2022 Annual Conference, Jessica Humphrey was awarded 2nd place in the J. Mac Goepfert Developing Scientist Competition. The title of her poster was “Identification of wheat-specific peptides for use in the development of immunoassay and proteomic-based detection methods.” She received $1000 and a certificate for 2nd place.
Upcoming Events

Aug 24
Graduate Student Welcome Ice Cream Social

Sept 7
Undergraduate Student Welcome Ice Cream Social with the Food Science Club
Upcoming Workshops

Oct 4
Better Processing Control School

Oct 17
FSPCA - Preventive Controls for Animal Food - Online

Help Stock the Pantry

The success of the Husker Pantry is due to your wonderful gifts and donations. These are the items we are in the most need of. Drop of your donations on the 2nd floor near the Admin door. Thank you for your help!
Microwavable Rice
Pasta Sauce
Tuna Packets
Canned Meats
Canned fruit
Microwavable Oatmeal
Peanut Butter
Granola Bars
Dried Fruit
Canned Beans
Pancake/Waffle Mix
Gluten Free Items
Feminine Hygiene Products
Soap & Body Wash
Shaving Cream
Face Wash
Toilet Paper

Laundry Detergent
Dish Soap
Antibacterial Wipes
School Supplies
Pet Food
Pet Products

Recent Publications

Bartholomaia B, Ruwe K, Thurston J, Jha P, Scaife K, Simon R, Abdelmoteleb M, Goodman R, Farhia M.  Safety evaluation of Neurospora crassa mycoprotein for use as a novel meat alternative and enhancer Food and Chemical Toxicology vol 168

Norasak Kalchayanand, Sapna Chitlapilly Dass, Yangjunna Zhang, Eric L. Oliver, Bing Wang, Tommy L. Wheeler. Efficacy of antimicrobial interventions used in meat processing plants against antimicrobial tolerant of non-antimicrobial resistant (non-AMR) and antimicrobial resistant (AMR) Salmonella on fresh beef. Journal of Food Protection. 2022; 85(8): 1114-1121.

Kang C, Zhang H, Liu Z, Huang S, Yin Y (2022) LR-GNN: a graph neural network based on link representation for predicting molecular associations, Briefings in Bioinformatics, 2022 Jan 17;23(1):bbab513. doi: 10.1093/bib/bbab513

Korth, N., Parsons, L., Van Haute, M. J., Yang, Q., Hurst, P., Schnable, J. C., Holding, D. R., &  Benson, A. K. (2022). The unique seed protein composition of quality protein popcorn promotes growth of beneficial bacteria from the human gut microbiome. Frontiers in Microbiology, 13.

Recent Awards

Byron Chaves-Elizondo, Customizing Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training and Education for Small and Very Small Food Facilities across the U.S. Dept of Agriculture-NIFA, $399,999

Amanda Ramer-Tait, Gut microbiome-focused approaches for improving treatment of acute radiation injuries, University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative, $150,000

Yanbin Yin, Administrative Supplements to Support Collaborations to Improve the AI/ML-Readiness of NIH-Supported Data, NIH, $282,499



Six research opportunities (ORISE Fellowships and Goldbelt) at FDA within CFSAN’s Division of Food Processing Science and Technology--- research center is located just outside of Chicago in Bedford Park, IL.   Opportunities are available at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degree levels as described in the postings below.

FDA Postgraduate Research Engineer Fellowship:
FDA Postgraduate Chemist Fellowship:
FDA Postdoctoral Research Chemist Fellowship (Allergens):
FDA Postdoctoral Research Microbiologist Fellowship:
FDA Postgraduate Microbiologist Fellowship:
Goldbelt- Food Chemist (Metal Toxins):
Lab & Research Spec II

The Lab and Research Specialist II will support development, implementation, management, and oversight of an Alternative Protein program, focusing on bioprocessing, fermentation, and extruder-based approaches under the Future Foods Lab and Cellular Agriculture Initiative at Virginia Tech.

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2 Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor Faculty Positions

The Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University invites applications for up to 2 full time Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor positions with a nine-month academic appointment beginning January 1, 2023. The department seeks an individual with demonstrated expertise in harnessing the physical and chemical properties of foods to influence the intestinal microbiome, food safety, or quality. The research should influence health either through food safety, food quality, food processing, novel ingredients, and/or the microbiome.

To apply
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