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The Department would like to welcome all of our new faculty, students, and staff and welcome back of our returning ones to the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. We look forward to sharing your news and accomplishments. Please submit any news, awards, or photos that you would like featured to, and label the email 'FST News.'
On August 30th, 2019, IANR Global Engagement and the Department held an opening ceremony to welcome the 2nd Cohort of 3+1 students. These students are part of a course of study in food science and technology between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in Yangling, China.
Several FS&T graduate students attended the Graduate Fair on August 23, 2019 in the Seaton Hall Courtyard. It was an opportunity to meet other graduate students and staff while connecting with campus and city resources. 
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science and Technology Department has named the Student Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 academic year. Kyle Raymond (left) is a junior in the Food Science & Technology program from Rochester, Minnesota. Joshken Sanny (right) is a junior in the FDST program. Joshken spent half his summer back home in Thailand, and the other half working at the Dairy Plant on East Campus where he made ice cream. Kyle and Joshken will interact with prospective students during campus visits and at UNL admissions events. The student ambassadors will also assist, Sara Roberts, the Student Services Coordinator with arranging high school recruitment visits and planning departmental student activities during the year.
Dr. Ozan Ciftci and his lab were recently featured in Nebraska Today's Pocket Science. The short article describes their research and development of phytosterol nanoparticles that can be absorbed into the body and tolerate food processing conditions. The full article can be read here
Dr. Yanbin Yin's CAREER award and his research in bioinformatics and enzyme identification were featured in Nebraska Today. Yin’s projects are funded with $911,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, the prestigious award given to outstanding pre-tenure faculty. Yin received his CAREER award as a faculty member at Northern Illinois University and is continuing this work as a researcher in the Nebraska Food for Health Center at the University of Nebraska. You can read the entire article at
NTV featured the Food Processing Center in a report on what the Center can offer for food entrepreneurs. Terry Howell, Executive Director of the Center and Nate Blum of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board were both interviewed. You can watch the entire report at
Upcoming Events
Sep 5
Ice Cream Social
Sep 16
Advanced Food Science Seminar 951 (FIC 277, 4 PM)
Dr. Christine Nowakowski
 “Diet and Gut Microbiome Interactions”
Sep 23
Advanced Food Science Seminar 951 (FIC 277, 4 PM)
Dr. David Jackson,
“Higher Education in Nebraska: The University of Nebraska System”
Sep 30
Advanced Food Science Seminar 951 (FIC 277, 4 PM)
Dr. Hyun Seob Song
“Microbial Community Modeling: Context-dependent Interspecies Interactions”
Upcoming Workshops
EHS just published a major revision to the Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) on Chemical Disinfectants for Biohazardous Materials. In the SOP, EHS provides guidance on the average shelf life of the major classes of disinfectants and goes into detail about shelf life for common dilutions of bleach. Once you add water to concentrated bleach, the chlorine concentration starts to degrade and over time breaks down into salt and water. 

In an effort to make sure that the disinfectants used in labs are effective, disinfectants must be labeled with the name of the disinfectant and the concentration (as applicable) as well as the date the disinfectant was manufactured or dilution made and the expiration date.  EHS personnel will be looking for these labels as part of their annual safety and compliance surveys as they do with labels on other chemical containers. 

For more information, comments or questions call 402.472.4925 or email the Biosafety officer at

Recent Publications

Ubeyitogullari, A., Moreau, R., Rose, D. J., & Ciftci, O. N. (2019). In Vitro Bioaccessibility of Low-Crystallinity Phytosterol Nanoparticles Generated Using Nanoporous Starch Bioaerogels. Journal of Food Science, 84(7), 1812-1819. doi:10.1111/1750-3841.14673

Yin Y, Yang B, Entwistle S (2019) Bioinformatics identification of anti-CRISPR loci using homology, guilt-by-association, and CRISPR self-targeting spacer approaches, mSystems, doi:10.1128/mSystems.00455-19


Recent Awards

Dr. Jennifer Clarke, University of North Dakota, BDSpokes: Spoke: Midwest: Digital Agriculture - Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Plant Sciences, and Education, $5,000

Onay Dogan (Dr. Bing Wang), Victor Henningsen Sr. Graduate Student Fellowship in Food Science, $5,000

Dr. Rick Goodman, Department of Agriculture-FAS,BFP19 Rwanda (Olivier)AgStratComm@UNL, $50,000

Dr. Rick Goodman, Department of Agriculture-FAS, FY19 Africa SPS TBT Scientific Exchanges, $400,000

Nathanial Korth, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Fellowship, $5,000

Soon Kiat Lau, Shear-Miles Fellowship, $2,000

Max Qiu, Widaman Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award, $2,000

Lei Wang, John and Louise Skala Fellowship, $5,000

Yangjunna Zhang (Dr. Bing Wang), Milton E. Mohr Teaching Fellowship, $3,000 

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.

Assistant Professor

Mississippi State University

The Department of Poultry Science is seeking an Assistant Professor for a 9-month tenure track (60% research, 40% teaching) position to develop a program that emphasizes food safety issues important to food production/processing, including, but not limited to food-borne pathogen control, mitigation of microbial risk in processing plants, regulatory compliance initiatives, and global food safety initiative.

For more information and to apply please visit

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in Professor Hao Feng’s lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to work on a novel separation approach for liquid solutions. The work is supported by the US Department of Energy’s Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Institute and has generated significant industrial interest. The work will primarily involve experimental development of scalable processes and hardware to efficiently effect these separations. Additional responsibilities will include mentoring graduate students, writing journal publications and proposals, and presenting research at scientific meetings. Interested individuals should send CV along with a statement of interests and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Nandika Bandara - Assistant Professor
Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences,
Dalhousie University
Email: / Phone: 780-863-1114

Academic Specialist, Meat Science Teaching and Extension

Michigan State University

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate meats courses and provide lectures in other relevant classes as needed, develop an Extension meat science program that interacts with the appropriate work teams within the Agriculture and Agribusiness and appropriate extension institutes, and collaborates on applied research projects relevant to the Extension role in an area of meat science.

To apply, applicants must provide requested information at the MSU Human Resources site at (posting number 576024). For questions about the application process, please contact Lisa Oliva, 517-353-3303, For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Les Bourquin, 517-353-3329, To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by September 15, 2019.

Research Associate

Mississippi State University, MSU Seafood Laboratory

Primary responsibilities:

  • Assist the Director in carrying out research to advance food science, food safety and post-harvest technology for enhancing food quality.
  • Assist the Director to search, purchase and manage equipment, and establish operating
    procedures, and implement proper operation and maintenance of equipment.
  • Maintain currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
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