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MAY 2019
The Department would like to take a moment and celebrate all of our Spring 2019 graduating students, including our first cohort of 3+1 students finishing up their dual degree program with Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University!
Kelsey Bignell
Xin Cao
Xinyu Chang
Qianyi Chen
Qiyue Chen
Yiyi Cheng
Shaoxuan Ding
Elizabeth Drey
Leo Ernst
Zupei Guo
Fan He
Yining He
Xiaoyun Huang
Kun Huang
Xiaochen Jia
Tang Li
Xiangyu Liu
Pujie Liu
Sujun Liu
Yutong Liu
Xuyang Ma
Xingfa Ma
Zhuowen Ma
Yutong Mao
Chen Meng
Chenshuo Meng
Xiangqi Meng
Rebecca Moore
Shane Nguyen
Shuhan Pu
Zijin Qin
Bingxu Ren
Qingqi Ren
Emmalea Rice
Jing Shang
Jing Shao
Nevada Smith
Bohan Sun
Haoyu Tian
Shuyu Wang
Yijie Wang
Zihan Wang
Ruihan Wang
Kaylee Weakly
Zijie Wei
Xin Wen
Luke Will
Xinran Wu
Yanan Xu
Qianying Xu
Yifei Yang
Siyu Yao
Wenxin Yi
Yifan Yin
Mengdi Yin
Yafan Yu
Chengliang Zhang
Zuoyi Zhang
Jie Zhang
Qingrui Zhu
Amy Garrison (MS)
Liyang Xie (MS)
On April 24, 2019, the Department held it's annual Student Banquet at the Wick Alumni Center. Guests enjoyed a catered meal followed by some words from CASNR Dean, Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss. Dr. Bob Hutkins quizzed the room with the Ultimate Food Science Final, and then Dr. Curt Weller, Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait, and Sara Roberts presented students with certificates for their accomplishments. The evening wrapped up with an overview of the Food Science Club's activities from club president Kaylee Weakly.
Morgan Cade and Rafael Segura Munoz were recognized at the UNL Graduate Studies Awards Luncheon on May 1, 2019. Morgan, a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences, received a Chancellor’s fellowship, which is awarded to newly admitted graduate students who show great academic promise. Rafael, a PhD student in Complex Biosystems, received the Outstanding Graduate Research and Creative Activities Award, which recognizes excellence in graduate student research and creativity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Rafael’s research aims to determine how specific members of the gut microbiota interact with one another to promote the health benefits associated with eating dietary fiber. Both Rafael and Morgan are supervised by Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait.
Concetta DiRusso and Curt Weller, two UNL faculty members, sharing about their Jefferson Science Fellow experiences with USAID at Jefferson Science Symposium.  Purdue University hosted a collection of JSFs from Big Ten universities and US Department of State officials on April 28-30 to focus support for the program.  Barrett Caldwell, Purdue faculty member, former JSF and symposium organizer is also pictured.
Dr. Ozan Ciftci has been elected to the Executive Steering Committee of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Phospholipid Division. He will serve as the Vice-chair of the Phospholipid Division.
Dr. Ciftci's PhD student Junsi (Jessica) Yang is the winner of the 2019 Distillers Grains Technology Council (DGTC) Graduate Student Research Scholarship. Jessica will present her work at the DGTC symposium that will be held on May 15-16 in Minnesota. Jessica will give a presentation of her research at the symposium and all expenses will be covered in addition to the scholarship. Junsi Yang has also been selected as finalist at IFT19 Product Development Division Graduate Student Poster Competition.
Rwanda Integrated Science student Clement Niyirora presents a poster at the 2019 Spring Research Fair.  Clement works in the Hutkins lab on a prebiotics purification project and was mentored by graduate students David Gomez Quintero and Car Reen Kok.
"Russell Parde has been named the Pilot Plant Manager for the FPC.  With Josie Houston being named Dairy Plant Manager two months ago, we have two talented, enthusiastic people filling those roles for us.  I am excited about the growth in those facilities that we will experience and the new opportunities to serve the food industry that will occur." - Dr. Terry Howell, Executive Director, FPC.
Please join us in congratulating Chloe Christensen, Justin Tran, and Snigdha Guha on earning a Milton E. Mohr 2019-2020 Award. The Milton E. Mohr Awards Program recognizes outstanding students in the sciences of biotechnology and engineering based on their academic performance and potential for accomplishments in their specific field.

Person Protective Equipment (PPE)

With the warm weather we all want to get rid of all those heavy coats and sweaters, and snow boots.  However, please remember that sandals, open toed shoes, flip-flops and the like are not allowed when working in the lab.  Substantial footwear should be worn in the lab.
Also shorts, cut-offs, skirts, and shorter pants such as peddle pushers and clam diggers are not appropriate when working in the lab.  See the links below for elaboration.
Upcoming Events

May 3
Graduate Commencement and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

May 4
Undergraduate Commencement

May 20
Summer Classes Begin

May 27
Memorial Day

Recent Publications

Jayasena, S., S. J. Koppelman, B. Nayak, S. L. Taylor, and J. Baumert. 2019.  Comparison of recovery and immunochemical detection of peanut proteins from differentially roasted peanut flour using ELISA.  Food Chem. 292:32-38.
Sheehan, W. J., S. L. Taylor, W. Phitatanakul, and H. A. Brough.  2018.  Environmental food exposure: what is the risk of clinical reactivity from cross-contact and what is the risk of sensitization.  J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. In Practice 6:1825-1832.

Ubeyitogullari, A., and Ciftci, O. N. (2019). In vitro bioaccessibility of novel low-crystallinity phytosterol nanoparticles in non-fat and regular-fat foods. Food Research International, 123, 27-35.
Vogel, P., Bayon de Noyer, S., Park, H., Nguyen, H., Hou, L., Changa, T., Khang, H., Ciftci, O.N., Wang, T., Cahoon, E., Clemente, T. (2018). Expression of the Arabidopsis WRINKLED 1 transcription factor leads to higher accumulation of palmitate in soybean seed. Plant Biotechnology Journal.

Yangjunna Zhang, Annette M. O’Connor, Chong Wang, James S. Dickson, H. Scott Hurd, Bing Wang. Interventions targeting deep tissue lymph nodes may not effectively reduce the risk of salmonellosis from ground pork consumption: A quantitative microbial risk assessment. Risk Analysis. 2019.

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 Professor

Kansas State University

The Food Science Institute within Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture is seeking applicants for a full-time 12-month non-tenure track research assistant professor position to be located at our Olathe campus (Kansas City metropolitan area). As an essential Food Science Institute team member, the successful individual will develop a nationally-recognized, stakeholder-informed research program in produce safety that will include characterizing and assessing the risks posed by microbial hazards and identifying and evaluating the efficacy of pre- and post-harvest controls.

To apply visit:

Food Scientist


Under limited supervision, researches, conducts experiments, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares written reports for the development of new products beginning at conception through successful commercialization. Drives project timelines, creates technical proposals and reports, and makes recommendations.

To apply visit:

Research and Developmental Scientist


Streck is recruiting for a talented and professional research and development scientist to join our immunology and biomarkers team. This position is responsible for working on research and development projects that are focused on product and process improvements to current commercial product applications and new product development projects. 

To apply visit:

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