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The Department of Food Science and Technology and The Food Processing Center would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. We have had an amazing Fall semester with many new faculty, staff, and students. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication. Now we will have the chance to take a brief pause before gearing up for what is looking to be an exciting Spring semester!

Friday, November 30th, the Department of Food Science and Technology held a ceremony celebrating the 3+1 Program with a delegation from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in Yangling, China.  Among the presenters at the ceremony were IANR Vice Chancellor Michael Boehm, NWAFU President Wu Pute, Department Head Curt Weller, and 3+1 students, Bohan Sun and Yue Yan. Afterwards all attending faculty, staff and students gathered together for a group photo.

The NU Regents have approved a $5 million dollar germ-free mouse facility as part of the Nebraska Food for Health Center's research into gut biology and health. The facility will be six times larger than the current one housed on East Campus. Construction is expected to start next year and conclude in summer 2020. Dr. Andrew Benson and Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait were quoted in a recent Omaha World Herald article about the new facility. The article can be read at
The Department would like to congratulate all of the students who will be graduating this December.

Jenna Krager, B.S., FDST
Madeline Kramp, B.S., FDST
Thanh Le, B.S., FDST
Sue Mae Lee, B.S., FDST
Erica Lewis, B.S., FDST
Alexis Rienks, B.S., FDST
Yijun Zhang, B.S., FDST

CarlyRain Adams (Weller) M.S.
Steve Kaiser (Ciftci) M.S.
Car Reen Kok (Hutkins) M.S.
Hollman Motta Romero (Zhang) M.S.
Fatima Alessa (Schlegel) Ph.D.
Rachana Poudel (Rose) Ph.D.
Luis Sabillon Galeas (Bianchini/Stratton) Ph.D.
Ali Uberyitogullari (Ciftci) Ph.D.
Pink ice cream and Nebraska Dairy Store sign
The Nebraska Dairy Store attracted significant media attention with the announcement that it will be undergoing some major changes and renovations in the coming year. The store itself will be moving to the north side of the building and will face Legacy Plaza as part of a new hub of activity for East Campus. The Dairy Plant will move over to the pilot plants at the Food Innovation Center.  FPC Executive Director, Terry Howell Jr. and Dairy Store Manager LeRoy Braden were both interviewed on KOLN/KGIN which you can watch at
FDST Alum Julianne Kopf was featured in Nebraska Today in an article focusing her work in developing insect protein as a food source and co-founding Bugeater Foods. Julianne discussed how she came to work with insect powder, the origin of Bugeater Foods, and her collaboration with The Food Processing Center. The article plus a video can be viewed at
Microbiology and Technology of Fermented Foods 2nd Edition textbook
Courtesy of Dr. Bob Hutkins - Looking for a unique Christmas or Chanukah gift?  Well, you’re in luck - Bob Hutkins’ 2nd edition of Microbiology and Technology of Fermented Food has just been released and would make the perfect stocking stuffer. Available as an eBook or hard copy, the author will even sign your copy (limit 5).   But you better hurry, it’s currently ranked 5 million on Amazon, and moving up fast.  It’s sure to sell out soon.

Ladder Safety in the Lab

  1. Does your department/area use a ladder/step stool, or other engineering control to access high areas? Or are your workers using chairs and other makeshift devices to access overhead?
  2. Have your employees who use ladders taken EHS “Portable Ladder” training? It is available on EHS web site at . Have workers reviewed the the EHS SOP “Ladder Safety” ( )
  3. Are the ladders in your department in good condition? If not, immediately remove the ladder from service.
  4. If you use a ladder or a step stool, review the resources provided to ensure that you do not become an “injury statistic.” You can also review the contents of this or previous colloquia online
Upcoming Events

Dec 10 - 14
Finals Week
Dec 14
Cookie Baking Party
Dec 14
Salute to Graduates
Dec 15
Fall Semester Graduate Commencement
Dec 16
Fall Semester Undergraduate Commencement
Dec 24 - Jan 1
Holiday Closedown (UNL Offices Closed)

Recent Publications

Chakrabarti, S., Guha, S., Majumder, K. (2018). Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides in Human Health: Challenges and Opportunities. Nutrients, 10: 1738.

Geng, F., Xie, Y., Wang, J., Majumder, K., Qiu, N., Ma, M., (2018). N-glycoproteomic Analysis of Chicken Egg Yolk. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b04492.

Kittana H, Gomes-Neto JC, Sanderfer K, Geis AL, Segura Muñoz RR, Cody LA, Schmaltz RJ, Bindels LB, Sinha R, Hostetter JM, Benson AK, Ramer-Tait AE. Commensal Escherichia coli strains can promote intestinal inflammation via differential interleukin-6 production. 2018. Front Immunol. 9:2318.

Lin XB, Wang T, Stothard P, Corander J, Wang J, Baines J, Knowles SCL, Baltrūnaitė L, Tasseva G, Schmaltz R, Tollenaar S, Cody LA, Grenier T, Wu W, Ramer-Tait AE, Walter J. Ecological facilitation among members of multi-species biofilms in the mouse gastrointestinal tract. 2018. ISME J. 12(11):2770-2784.

Li X, Leonardi I, Semon A, Doron I, IH, Putzel G, Kim Y, Kabata H, Artis D, Fiers W, Ramer-Tait AE, Iliev ID. CX3CR1+ mononuclear phagocytes mediate the effects of gut fungal dysbiosis on allergic airway disease. 2018. Cell Host Microbe. ePub Nov 29.

Martínez I, Maldonado-Gomez XM, Gomes-Neto JC, Kittana H, Ding H, Schmaltz R, Joglekar P, Cardona RJ, Marsteller NL, Kembel SW, Benson AK, Peterson DA, Ramer-Tait AE, Walter J. Experimental evaluation of the importance of colonization history in early-life gut microbiota assembly. 2018. eLIFE. 7. pii:e36521.

Ziara, Rami M.m., et al. “Lactate Wastewater Dark Fermentation: The Effect of Temperature and Initial PH on Biohydrogen Production and Microbial Community.” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2018, doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.11.045.

Recent Awards

Jennifer Auchtung, Using Complimentary In Vitro and In Vivo Models of the Human Microbiome to Study Antibiotic-Mediated Disruption, DHHS-Center for Disease Control, $387,955.

Andreia Bianchini Huebner, Food Handler Training Program, Lincoln/Lancaster County Health, $49,885.

Michael Nagle, Food Safety in the Heartland, Missouri Enterprise, $454,389

Stephen Taylor, Evaluation of Potential Transfer of Gluten in Alcoholic Beverages Following Distillation, Pernod-Ricard USA LLC, $32,779.

Internships and Jobs

Lab Animal Care Assistant

University of Nebraska Lincoln

The Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility (located on East Campus behind the Vet Sciences building in the Life Sciences Annex) The gnotobiotic mouse facility is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual to help care for our mouse colony. Responsibilities include working with mice in sterile environments; preparing the food, water, and bedding for the mice and maintaining the sterile conditions of the isolators using aseptic techniques. Performing periodic microbiological quality-control checks and assisting lab personnel with various mouse-related tasks. The position is for Fall 2018 and possibly longer.

To apply please contact Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait ( Please send (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) schedule of available days/times to work, and (4) indicate if you are eligible for work study. All four items must be included in your application email.

Assistant/Associate Professor (2 Positions)

CalPoly Pomona

The new faculty member will be expected to teach a selection of undergraduate and graduate level courses including Dietetics and Nutrition Science courses, and Graduate courses. The new faculty members will be expected to participate in undergraduate student advising and also supervise undergraduate and graduate research projects. 

To apply visit:

Assistant/Associate Professor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on metropolitan food systems. Emphasis will be on food safety in metropolitan regions and urban localities as related to an integrated food system for sustainability.

To apply: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter that details suitability for (such as how their research interests will translate to metropolitan food systems) and interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for five references. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 31, 2019.  Please create your candidate profile and upload all required materials at

Assistant Professor of Food and Bioprocess Engineering

University of Missouri

The University of Missouri wishes to expand its expertise in the research and development of food bioprocessing by hiring a talented faculty member. This unique interdisciplinary position is funded through the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources. The research focus is on food process and biological engineering with emphasis on increasing the value of agricultural products by processing via biological, chemical, and physical means.

Screening will begin immediately but applications are accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should submit: a letter of interest, current curriculum vita, research statement, teaching philosophy and evaluations if any, names and contact information of three professional references, and educational transcripts via:

Specific inquiries regarding this position may be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Profs. Azlin Mustapha ( and William Jacoby (

Assistant Professor in Sensory and Consumer Science

UC Davis

The Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is recruiting an Assistant Professor specializing in sensory and/or consumer science with a PhD in sensory science, consumer science, food science, neurophysiology & behavior, psychology, behavioral nutrition, behavioral economics, marketing or a related field. The appointee will be expected to develop a research program on basic and applied aspects of sensory perception and consumer (eating and drinking) behavior with relevance to public health, agriculture, and the food and beverage industries. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 1, 2019.

To apply visit:



Independently plans and carries out assigned microbial analyses on a variety of samples of meat, poultry, and egg products, including the very difficult, complex, or unusual samples and analytical requests submitted to the laboratory. Performs the full range of microbial examinations of meat and poultry products and their ingredients to determine the presence, numbers and species of bacteria with particular emphasis on salmonella, listeria, staphylococcus, clostridium, E. coli 0157:H7, and other species important in food intoxication, food inspection, and sanitary microbiology.Positions are located in the Microbiology Branches of our Office of Public Health Science Field Laboratories located in: Athens, GA; St. Louis, MO; Albany, CA.

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QA Microbiologist

Diversified Foods

The QA Microbiologist is responsible for conducting microbiological analysis of raw, in-process, and finished products according to regulatory, customer, and company specifications. The QA Microbiologist will be tasked with managing the company’s environmental monitoring program, providing root cause and corrective/preventive actions when needed. This position also includes preparing media and other supplies/ingredients to conduct analysis, performing calibrations, cleaning and maintenance of the micro lab equipment, and maintaining proper supply inventory.

Apply at

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