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November 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.

Meet the Department of Food Science and
Technology Student Ambassadors

Joshken Sanny
Senior, Food Science & Technology

I am an international student from Thailand. Back home, my parents are pineapple and rubber tree farmers; we also grow tapioca. I decided to enroll at UNL because of Husker football (I’m a big husker fan), and the affordable tuition. Through clubs, campus organizations, and events, I have made many new friends here. 
My favorite class is Food Quality Assurance. I really enjoy learning about food laws and regulations, and food microorganisms. When I graduate in May, I plan to return home to Thailand. With my experiences and knowledge of food science through UNL, I hope to improve our country’s food safety and regulations.
What’s life like outside of school? Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. I go to a lot of coffee shops. They are a great place to study, and to meet with people. 
Katja Roberts
Junior, Food Science & Technology

I'm from Omaha, NE and am currently a junior majoring in Food Science and Technology.  I decided to study at UNL because of its affordability and its excellent Food Science program.  One of my favorite parts about the department is how students get the opportunity to build close relationships with each other and the faculty.  My favorite class so far was the Practical Applied Food Science lab I took my freshman year.  Every week we'd make a different type kind of food and learn about the science behind the process, which was a lot of fun.  After graduation I plan on getting a job in the food industry, but I still don't know what exactly I want to do.  Outside of school, I'm involved in a few campus organizations and I co-lead a bible study.  When I'm not studying or working, I love to bake, read, and draw.
Contact Sara Roberts ( if you have upcoming events for that may be a good fit for our Student Ambassador,s or if you have general questions about the Student Ambassador program
Dr. Charles Nwaizu, Assistant Professor of Practice was selected along with other researchers to present their research at the Faculty Research and Creativity Slam Nov. 4 from 4-5 p.m. Viewers voted to determine the winner, who will received a $1,000 prize. Dr. Nwaizu's presentation was titled, “Speaking One Language in Food Making”
On November 2, Dr. Bob Hutkins was recognized at NUtech Ventures’ Innovator Celebration with the Breakthrough Innovation award for his probiotic strain work. The Breakthrough Innovation Award recognizes Nebraska inventors who are developing and commercializing cutting-edge research. The celebration features two events, a virtual keynote, and a virtual awards ceremony. This event is part of Nebraska Research Days. You can watch the Awards Ceremony here.
Manirul Haque, a Ph.D. student under Dr. Byron Chaves has been awarded the 2020 Food Marketing Institute Foundation Scholarship and SQF International Conference Travel Award (deferred to 2021). Manirul's research at UNL focuses on predictive food safety microbiology.
The Nebraska Chapter of Phi Tau Sigma hosted an event on October 21, 2020, with speaker Dr. Hong You, Director of Scientific Affairs at Eurofins. Dr. You's seminar was titled, "Section 1 - Testing for adulteration of dietary supplements and ingredients; Section 2 - Analytical sciences at Eurofins". Phi Tau Sigma honors and elevates the achievements of students and professionals in food science and technology. We are a network of accomplished elected mentors and leaders on the frontier of food science.
For Manufacturing Day with The Confectionery Foundation, individuals from confectionery-related companies met and described their roles and other job opportunities in the confectionery industry.  The moderator for the event was UNL FDST alum, Tessa Porter.  After numerous years in the Chicagoland area working with confectioners, Tessa has returned to Nebraska and has her own start-up company, Sprinkk (, in Papillion. You can watch the video at
Undergraduate Casey Englebart was featured in the IANR Student Spotlight in October. Casey discusses her experience as an FDST student, the 3+1 Program, and Product Development. You can read her interview at
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides an Eye and Face Protection eTool that guides the user through the selection of the appropriate safety eyewear, considering the hazards present (e.g., impact, dust, chemical, optical radiation, heat).  You can access the eTool at
  • General tips to promote eye safety include:
  • Safety eyewear must be marked with "ANSI Z87" and worn at all times whenever eye hazards are present.
  • Workers should know where the nearest eyewash station is at their job site and how to use it.
  • The correct style of safety eyewear must be based on the hazards present. For example, goggles are needed when there is risk of chemical splash to the eyes. Safety glasses are not an appropriate choice for this type of hazard.
  • Employees should have regular eye exams to make sure their vision is adequate to do their jobs safely.
  • Standard prescription eyewear is not a substitute for safety eyewear. However, prescription eyewear can be designed to also serve as safety eyewear. Consult your supervisor if you have a need for prescription safety eyewear.
Upcoming Events

Nov 14
FDST 951 - Student Presentations: Mallory Van Haute &
Alisha Kar - 4:PM

Nov 21
FDST 951 - Student Presentations: Xinyao Wei &
Junsi Yang - 4 PM

Nov 28
FDST 951 -  Student Presentations: Lingyi Liu  - 4 PM
Upcoming Workshops

Jan 23, 2021
Recipe to Reality Seminar

Recent Publications

Ausland C, Zheng J Yi H, Yang B, Li T, Feng X, Zheng B, Yin Y. (2020) dbCAN-PUL: a database of experimentally characterized CAZyme gene clusters and their substrates, Nucleic Acids Res., 10.1093/nar/gkaa742 

Cao H, Shimura Y, Steffen MM, Yang Z, Lu J, Joel A, Jenkins L, Kawachi M, Yin Y, Garcia-Pichel F. (2020). The trait repertoire enabling cyanobacteria to bloom assessed through comparative genomic complexity and metatranscriptomics. mBio 11:e01155-20. 

Choi, Y.-M., Lee, Y. Q., Song, H.-S., & Lee, D.-Y. (2020). Genome scale metabolic models and analysis for evaluating probiotic potentials. Biochemical Society Transactions, 48(4), 1309-1321.

Davidson, P. M., Taylor, T. M., & David, J. R. (Eds.). (2020). ANTIMICROBIALS IN FOOD (4th ed.). Place of publication not identified: CRC Press.

Fitzek E., Balazic R., Yin Y. (2020) Bioinformatics Analysis of Plant Cell Wall Evolution. Methods in Molecular Biology, 2020;2149:483-502. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0621-6_27 

Huang L, Yang B, Yi H, Asif A, Wang J, Lithgow T, Zhang H, Minhas F, Yin Y (2020) AcrDB: a database of anti-CRISPR operons in prokaryotes and viruses, Nucleic Acids Res., 10.1093/nar/gkaa857 

Kessell, A. K., McCullough, H. C., Auchtung, J. M., Bernstein, H. C., & Song, H.-S. (2020). Predictive interactome modeling for precision microbiome engineering. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 30, 77-85.
Wang X, Yi H, Wang J, Zhan D, Yin Y, Zhang H (2020) GDASC: A GPU parallel based web server for detecting hidden batch factors, Bioinformatics, 2020 May 9:btaa427. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btaa427 
Yi H, Huang L, Yang B, Zhang H, Yin Y (2020) AcrFinder: genome mining anti-CRISPR operons in prokaryotes and their viruses, Nucleic Acids Res., doi:10.1093/nar/gkaa351


Recent Awards

Byron Chaves, Ne Dept Agriculture, Developing Methodologies for Value-added Utilization of Proteins from Nebraskan Pulse Crops, $35,000.

Grace (Thanh) Le, Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Food Safety Auditing Scholarship and Education Travel Grant, $3,000 USD stipend to attend the Safe Quality Food Conference.

Kaustav Majumder (Lead: Toshihiro Obata), Ne Soybean Board, Effects of Growth Conditions on the Anti-Inflammatory Bioactivity of Soybean Sprout, $75,880

Changmou Xu, Ne Dept Agriculture, Value-added product development: Can Nebraska dry edible beans make premium plant-based yogurt?, $30,000.

Yanbin Yin, USDA-ARS, Developing Genomics Resources for Tropical Perennial Crops Economically Important to the United States, $82,500.

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.

Postdoctoral Position in Food Virology

University of Florida

Postdoctoral Research Scholar is sought to join Dr. Naim Montazeri’s Food and Environmental Virology Research Group within the University of Florida - Department of Food Science and Nutrition to address pressing issues concerning the impact of COVID-19 on the food sector. The position will be located at the UF main campus in Gainesville, FL. This is a full-time research position for one year with potential extension depending on the availability of funding. The anticipated start date is Jan 10, 2021 (earlier start dates are negotiable).

Interested applicants should forward the following information (or any inquiry) to Dr. Naim Montazeri ( The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
(1) Cover letter
(2) Current CV (including the list of publications and laboratory skills)
(3) Statement of research experience and goals (max one page)
(4) Contact information of three references
(5) Visa eligibility to work in the U.S. (if any) and whether you will require sponsorship.

Director, Division of Animal & Nutritional Science

WVU-Davis College, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design

The Division of Animal & Nutritional Sciences at West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, WV invites applications for a full-time, 12-month position of Division Director with tenure. Employment begins on July 1, 2021, or as otherwise negotiated. The Division Director reports to the Dean of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. Once hired, the Division Director, in addition to the administrative responsibilities, shall be active in research and teaching as determined by need.

Qualified applicants should submit a package that includes: 1) an interest letter that includes a discussion of their leadership philosophy and experiences, 2) a statement addressing their experiences with Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, 3) a curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information for three reference to and navigate to the position title above. References will be contacted only after candidates are informed. Background check required. Inquiries for additional information should be directed to Peter Schaeffer (, 304-293-5572. A review of applications will begin November 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Food Microbiologist

University of Georgia

The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop a research and teaching program in the area of food microbiology and food safety. A completed Ph.D. in Food Science, Microbiology, or an equivalent program is required with demonstrated expertise in food microbiology and food safety. At least 1 year of postdoctoral or prior academic experience is desired.

Inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Manpreet Singh ( or 706-542-1092. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021, and will continue until a suitable candidate is

Cargill Global Scholars Program 2020-2021 Launch

  • Ten scholars will be chosen in the United States for the ninth cohort of the Cargill Global Scholars Program.
  • The scholars will receive:
  • Annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to two years
  • Participation in two fully-funded Leadership Development Seminars held during Summer 2021 and Summer 2022
  • Opportunities to network with fellow scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia
  • One-on-one mentorship from Cargill executives in the United States and abroad
  • Application deadline: March 4, 2021

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