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September 2021
Most of the functions of the Department and the Center continue while following University and local health department directed health measures. When on campus, all members of the university community — students, faculty, staff and visitors — are expected to wear facial coverings when indoors and when social distancing cannot be observed outside. For more information please visit  

Congratulations to all of our
Summer 2021 Masters Graduates!

Cyril Ayuk Etaka
Walker Carson
David Gomez Quintero
Xiaoyun (Iris) Huang
Alisha Kar
Minho Kim
Tang (Eileen) Li
Sujun (Willow) Liu
Shpresa Musa
Jing Shao

Nebraska University President Ted Carter was honored at the UNL Dairy Store with his own ice cream flavor, Carter Coffee Crunch. The ceremony took place during an August, 16th ice cream social at the Dairy Store on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus. President Carter along with his wife Lynda, also toured the Food Innovation Center earlier in the week.

Dr. Jennifer Clarke, director of the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative at Nebraska, was interviewed for an Aug. 3 segment on RFD-TV. She discussed the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative, which brings together researchers from Nebraska and three other institutions to better understand how a plant’s or animal’s genes affect its physical traits and how that relationship can improve crops and livestock. You can watch the interview at
The research of Drs. Melanie Downs, Jennifer Clarke, Steve Taylor and doctoral student Nate Korth was featured in Nebraska Today's Pocket Science series. Their research concerns gluten level in gluten-free pasta boiled in the same water used to cook pasta which contains gluten. You can read the article at
Dr. Ozan Ciftci was selected as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS). JAOCS is the leading international peer-reviewed journal that publishes significant original scientific research and technological advances on lipids, proteins, surfactants, and related materials through original research articles, invited reviews, short communications, and letters to the editor.
Dorothy Thai, an FST senior was awarded the the Edward J. Cornish Scholarship from the University of Nebraska Foundation. "For Thai, receiving scholarship support means getting to pursue her goal to create food products that help people — whether it’s through reducing packaging waste to help the environment or giving back a portion of profits to communities around the world." You can read the full article at
Junsi Yang, a PhD student in the Ciftci Lab, was one of the winners at the 2021 Student Research Days held by the Office of Graduate Studies, Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Office of Research and Economic Development. Over 200 students participated in the week-long celebration of student research and creative work. Junsi's presentation titled, Developing a Green Biorefinery Approach for Rural Processing of High-Value Camelina and Sorghum Co-Products can be viewed at
Tengfei Li, a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Baumert (FARRP group) received the AOAC INTERNATIONAL/Eurofins Foundation ‘Testing for Life’ Student Award late in July. The award, supported by the Eurofins Foundation, supports student researchers who are advancing basic or applied science in analytical or molecular testing for food safety, food security, food defense, food authenticity, or health and environmental protection.  You can read the full article at
Upcoming Events

Sep 6
Labor Day (Student and Staff Holiday-UNL offices closed)
(Offices Closed)
Upcoming Workshops

Oct 23
Recipe to Reality


Recent Publications

Apostolovic, D., J. Marsh, J. Baumert, S. L. Taylor, A. Westphal, H. de Jongh, P. Johnson, G. A. H. de Jong, and S. J. Koppelman.  2021.  Purification and initial characterization of Ara h 7, a peanut allergen from the 2S albumin family.  J. Agric. Food Chem. 69:6318-6329.

Chu, D. K., J. L. Baumert, S. L. Taylor, J. A. Nordlee, T. Nham, P. Spill, J. Bramson, S. La Vielle, M. A. Abbott, A. Marrin, M. Jordana, and S. Waserman.  2021.  Peanut allergen reaction thresholds during  controlled food challenges in 2 Canadian randomized studies (Canada-ARM1 and PISCES).  J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. In Practice 9:2524-2526.

Koppelman, S. J., A. L. Lardizabal, L. Niemann, S. L. Hefle, J. L. Baumert, and S. L. Taylor.  2021.   Development of a sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for detection and quantification of clam residues in food products.  Biomed. Res. Int. 6685575, 9 pp.

Daniel R. Sikavi, Long H. Nguyen, Koichiro Haruki, Tomotaka Ugai, Wenjie Ma, Dong D. Wang, Kelsey Thompson, Yan Yan, Tobyn Branck, Jeremy Wilkinson, Naohiko Akimoto, Rong Zhong, Mai Chan Lau, Kosuke Mima, Keisuke Kosumi, Teppei Morikawa, Eric B. Rimm, Wendy S. Garrett, Jacques Izard, Yin Cao, Mingyang Song, Curtis Huttenhower, Shuji Ogino and Andrew T. Chan. The sulfur microbial diet and risk of colorectal cancer by molecular subtypes and intratumoral microbial species in adult men.  Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology (2021), Vol. 12(8) p. e00338

Taylor, S. L., G. F. Houben, W. M. Blom, J. Westerhout, B. C. Remington, R. W. R. Crevel, S. Brooke-Taylor, and J. L. Baumert.  2021.  The population threshold for soy as an allergenic food.  Why did the Reference Dose decrease in VITAL 3.0?  Trends Food Sci. Technol. 112:99-108.

Taylor, S. L., J. L. Kabourek, S. J. Koppelman, J. Marsh, P. Johnson, and J. L. Baumert.  2021.  A perspective on pea allergy and pea allergens.  Trends Food Sci. Technol. 116:186-198.

Wenjie Ma, Long H. Nguyen, Mingyang Song, Daniel D. Wang, Eric Franzosa, Yin Cao, Amit Joshi, David A. Drew, Raaj Mehta, Kerry L. Ivey, Lisa L. Strate, Edward L. Giovannucci, Jacques Izard, Wendy Garrett, Eric B. Rimm, Curtis Huttenhower, and Andrew T. Chan Dietary fiber intake, the gut microbiome, and chronic systemic inflammation in a cohort of adult men. Genome Medicine (2021), vol. 13, article 102.

Recent Awards

Jacques Izard (Lead: Patty Kuo), Attachment Security and the Gut-Brain Axis: A Nationwide Sample, ORED Biomedical Research Seed Grant, $50,000.00

Devin Rose (Lead: Peter Baenziger), Improving Winter Wheat Varieties for Nebraska,  Ne Wheat Board,  $100,000

Hyun-Seob Song, MIM: Microbial Division of Labor in Polysaccharide-Degrading Communities, NSF, $2,400,000.

Internships and Jobs

Assistant Professor - Meat Science

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The Assistant Professor - Meat Science is responsible for developing a recognized research program in meat science and post-harvest technology with emphasis on, but not limited to, pork and beef quality, value-added processing, food safety, and product palatability/consumer acceptance; collaborating with scientists in allied disciplines and specialties as appropriate; developing an aggressive extramural grant support program; supervising personnel in the meat science group and serving as a liaison with Arkansas segments of the meat processing and production industry.

Applications received by September 17, 2021, will be assured full consideration.

To apply:

Food Systems & Food Safety Post Doc Fellow

University of Arkansas, Little Rock

The Food Systems and Food Safety Post Doc is a full-time position in the Department of Horticulture (40 hrs/week). This person will serve as a project leader and cooperate with Dr. Amanda Philyaw Perez on the Local, Regional and Safe Foods Team.

The Post Doc will support, develop, and implement training and technical assistance with stakeholders working to support food systems development across the value chain with an emphasis on value-added food product development. The successful candidate will support the local foods program goals, conduct survey research with clientele, and prepare papers for scientific conferences and publication.

To apply:

Staff Fellow Biologist/Microbiologist

Center for Veterinary Medicine, Rockville, MD

CVM's Office of Surveillance and Compliance (OS&C), Division of Animal Feeds (DAF) is seeking qualified applicants for an Interdisciplinary Scientist Staff Fellow Biologist and Microbiologist position. The Office monitors the safety and effectiveness of marketed animal drugs after they enter the market.

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