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August 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has closed buildings to the general public and moved all classes to remote learning until August 24, 2020, when classes with an in-person component will resume.. The University has implemented new rules regarding social distancing and the wearing of masks. For details please visit  If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at or 402-472-2831.
The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) College Bowl Competition has well known for testing the knowledge of student teams from across the United States. This year’s College Bowl was transitioned into a virtual experience along with the IFT’s virtual annual meeting (SHIFT20).
SHIFT20 started on Monday 07/13, and the IFTSA Trivia Night was on Tuesday 07/14. There were three rounds (12 questions/round) and total 59 teams (up to 6 people) participated from across the globe. Lab members from UNL Food Proteins Lab (PI Kaustav Majumder) won the competition based on the total score and the fastest response time. Cheers to good teamwork!
Top row left to right: Alisha Kar, Bikram Upadhyaya, Snigdha Guha Bottom row left to right: Emerson Nolasco, Emily Jundt, Madhurima Bandyopadhyay
Top row left to right: Alisha Kar, Bikram Upadhyaya, Snigdha Guha
Bottom row left to right: Emerson Nolasco, Emily Jundt, Madhurima Bandyopadhyay
The Department would like to congratulate Ph.D. student Carmen Cano Roca on receiving the Victor Henningsen, Sr., Graduate Student Fellowship in Food Science for students working with Poultry Food Products. Carmen is currently studying the behavior of the salmonella bacteria in poultry, according to the conditions that can be found in their processing.
Food Science and Technology/Culinology senior Chase Grove is featured in the IANR Student Spotlight. You can read all about Chase's future career plans and favorite class (spoiler it's Food Chemistry) over at
“Back to Campus” Self-Audit  

As Fall Semester at UNL begins soon, EHS recommends that supervisors and lab staff walk through lab spaces, identify any potential safety issues, and make sure they are addressed. “Self-audits” like this are required to be conducted by supervisors on a routine basis according to UNL’s Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. Due to the current pandemic, EHS has temporarily suspended laboratory audits. This contributes to the importance of self-audits by laboratory workers.

The EHS SOP, Safety & Compliance Survey Guidelines for Laboratories, was recently updated and provides a checklist of various safety and compliance issues in categories including chemical safety, electrical safety, compressed gas cylinder safety, hazardous waste management, ventilated cabinets, PPE, lab and engineering controls and biosafety.
Labs are encouraged to note additional safety concerns that may not be covered on the checklist and reach out to EHS for guidance and assistance with correcting any safety issues or potential concerns identified during the “self-audit” of your laboratory spaces. Contact EHS at or call 402.472.4925.
Upcoming Events

Aug 17
Fall Semester begins - classes start on asynchronous, remote learning basis

Aug 24
In-person instruction will begin for courses that have an in-person component

Sep 7
Labor Day (UNL offices are open and classes will meet)
Upcoming Workshops

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


Recent Publications

Teng L, Lee S, Park D, Jeong KC. Genetic and Functional Analyses of Virulence Potential of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 Strain Isolated From Super-Shedder Cattle. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2020;10:271. Published 2020 Jun 5. doi:10.3389/fcimb.2020.00271

Xu, J., Song, J., Tan, J., Villa-Rojas, R., & Tang, J. (2020). Dry-inoculation methods for low-moisture foods. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 103, 68-77. doi:10.1016/j.tifs.2020.06.019

Recent Awards

Dr. Kaustav Majumder, Understanding the molecular mechanism of bean-derived peptides in regulating blood pressure through the gastrointestinal-renal axis, University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Grant, $149,969.40

Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait (Lead: Punita Dhawan), Role of Microbiota and Lipid metabolism in colitis and associated Carcinogenesis, University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Grant, $150,000

Rachel Coggins, Cooper-Sharpless Fellowship, $3,000

Carmen Cano Roca, Victor W. Henningsen Sr. Graduate Fellowship, $5,000

Elizabeth Drey, Chancellor Fellowship, $4,000

Jessica Humphrey, Chancellor Fellowship, $4,000

April Johnson, PMMI (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies) Scholarship, $5,000

Car Reen Kok, Twila Herman Claybaugh Graduate Student Fellowship $1,000

Hollman Motta Romero, Milton E. Mohr Teaching Fellowship, $3,000

Xinyao Wei, Milton E. Mohr Biotechnology Fellowship, $1,000

Qinnan Yang, Widaman Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award, $2,000

Xinyao Wei, Twila Herman Claybaugh Graduate Student Fellowship $1,000

Liyun Zhang, Othmer Fellowship, $8,000

Internships and Jobs

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

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 2017 and possibly longer. Find more details here.

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

Associate Director
Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

The Associate Director will contribute to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the Department of Food Science and Technology (FDST), the Nebraska Food for Health Center (NFHC), and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.

Apply at the

Student Research Project

Dr. Bryon Chaves, a faculty member in the Food Science & Technology Department, has a project for a student to complete through the IANR ARD Undergraduate Research Program (see above). He is seeking a student with at least one more full year left, so someone who plans to graduate in spring or summer 2021. If you are interested in this project and meet the qualifications, please email Dr. Chaves at

QA Analyst I
Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Crete NE

This position is responsible for testing of our pet food to ensure it meets Nestle Purinas quality standards. You will be the eyes and ears of Quality Assurance on the production floor and will partner closely with your team and the Maintenance and Production teams. This position will be scheduled for a back shift- either 2nd or 3rd shift and will be required to work every other weekend.

To Apply please visit our Jobs Page.

Quality Assurance Technician
Lincoln, NE

Monitors cleaning and sanitation procedures and performs product testing. Directly reports to the Quality Assurance Manager for proper direction, interpretation, and evaluation. Maintains and guarantees Balchem Cereal Systems quality and safety standards.

Apply at the balchem jobs page.

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