Editorial Board

Advances in Food Technology and Nutrition Sciences - Open Journal

Kanika Bhargava, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Human Environmental Sciences
Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management Program
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N, University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Bhargava is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science at University of Central Oklahoma College of Education & Professional Studies. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Food Technology from Delhi University, and Masters in Food Science and Technology from Guru Nanak Dev University, India. After working in academia, food industry and food research laboratories for more than eight years, she received her Doctorate in Nutrition and Food Science with specialization in food microbiology from Wayne State University. She has published six publications and 30 conference proceeding papers. She has served as reviewer and editorial board member of several reputed food science journals. She is current Chair of Institute of Food Technologist Quality Assurance Division. She is Certified Food Scientist and Certified Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) auditor.

Her long-term research goal is to develop green technologies for food preservation and developing value added products from lentils and legumes which can be incorporated in ever changing world of food. Currently, her research group is working on identifying nanoemulsion based delivery system for natural antimicrobials such as essential oils, synergistic combinations of essential oil emulsions, elucidating their molecular mechanisms and investigating possible applications against multidrug resistant pathogens such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). In addition, she is conducting research on development of novel fermented lentil and legume based nutritious products.


• (2014) USDA NRI Panel Member-Food Safety
• (2013) Phi Tau Sigma Student Achievement Award
• (2013) Wayne State University Summer Dissertation Fellowship
• (2013) American Society of Microbiology Travel Award
• (2012) ABC Research Corporation Travel Award
• (2012) IFT Division Leader Hardship Travel Award
• (2010) IFT William Golomski Quality Assurance Division Scholarship
• (2009) Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University


• (2009-Present) Institute of Food Technologists (IFT): Professional Member
• (2010-Present) International Association for Food Protection (IAFP): Member
• (2009-Present) American Society of Microbiology (ASM): Member
• (2009-Present) American Society of Quality (ASQ): Member
• (2011-Present) Phi Tau Sigma Honorary Society of Food Technologist: Life time member
• (2013-Present) Sigma Xi: Member


• (2013-2016) Certified Food Scientist, International Food Science Certification Commission
• (2009-2016) Certified Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Auditor, American Society of Quality
• (2013) Train-the-Trainer HACCP Course, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington, DC, USA

1. Sun S, Canning CB, Bhargava K, et al. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers with potent and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity from the marine sponge dysidea. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2015.03.057
2. Bhargava K, Conti, DS, da Rocha SR, Zhang Y. Application of an oregano oil nanoemulsion to the control of foodborne bacteria on fresh lettuce. Food microbiology. 2015; 47: 69-73. doi: 10.1016/j.fm.2014.11.007
3. Bhargava K, Zhang Y. Prevalence and characterization of methicillin resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (cons) in retail meat. Food Microbiology. 2014; 42: 56-60.
4. Bhargava K, Zhang Y. Multidrug-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (cons) in food animals. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 2012; 113(5): 1027-1036. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2012.05410.x
5. Zhang Y, Wang X, LeJune JT, Zervos M, Bhargava K. Comparison of Phenotypic Methods in Predicting Methicillin Resistance in Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) from Animals. Research in Veterinary Science. 2011; 90: 23-25. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2010.05.018
6. Bhargava K, Wang X, Donabedian S, Zervos M, da Rocha L, Zhang Y. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Retail Meat, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2011; 17: 1135-1137. doi: 10.3201/eid1706.101095
7. Amaral DMF, Bhargava K. Essential oil nanoemulsions and food applications. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(4): 84-87. doi: 10.1740/AFTNSOJ-1-115

Maria Ursula Rosales-Hartshorn, PhD

School of Food Science
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Rosales-Hartshorn was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She received her Food Engineer degree at the Federico Villarreal National University in Peru. As a Fulbright Scholar, she started her studies at Washington State University where she earned her MS and PhD in Food Science. During her graduate work, Dr. Rosales-Hartshorn, conducted research on phytochemicals in red raspberries and fortified fermented cassava products such as fufu.

Her research interests include functional and healthy foods as well as transgenic-protein enhanced crop materials such as cassava. R&D and sensory evaluation are also her main areas of interest.


• First place winner, IFT Biotechnology Division: Graduate Student Research Paper Competition 2012 Annual Meeting of IFT (06/2012)
• IFT Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship for 2011-2012 academic year (05/2011)
• Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) Scholarship (05/2011)
• Alberta Hill Academic Excellence Award -College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Scholarship (03/2011)
• Margaret M. Hard Home Economics Research Award -College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Scholarship (03/2009 & 03/2011)
• H. Delight & Orlo H. Maughan Scholarship -School of Food Science Scholarship (03/2011)
• IFT Foundation Scholarship for 2010-2011 academic year (05/2010)
• Puget Sound Section of the Institute of Food Technologists Scholastic Achievement Award (04/2008)
• Home Economics Scholarship-College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Scholarship in recognition of scholastic achievements, leadership, and future promise in the field of Food Science (03/2007 & 03/2008)
• Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFT) Product Development Competition -Naturalezas Delights. 5th Place, Chicago, IL (08/2007)
• Fulbright Scholarship -Academic Program in Food Science at Washington State University (07/2006-08/2008)
• National University Federico Villarreal Scholarship to Masters Program in Entrepreneurial Economic Management, Lima, Peru (04/1998-03/2000)
• Top of 1996 Class -Outstanding Student in the Oceanography, Fishery, and Food Science Program. National University Federico Villarreal, Lima, Peru (03/1997)

1. Rosales-Soto MU, Powers JR, Alldredge JR. Phenolics, anthocyanins and antioxidant activity in red raspberry muffins and the effect of baking and freeze drying procedures. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 2012; 92 (7): 1511-1518.
2. Rosales Soto MU, Brown K, Ross CF. Antioxidant activity and consumer acceptance of grape seed flour-containing food products. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2012; 47 (3): 592-602. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2621.2011.02882.x
3. Ross CF, Rosales Soto MU, Fernandez‐Plotka VC. Aroma profile of Niagara grape juice contaminated with multicolored Asian lady beetle taint using GC/MS/O. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2010; 45 (4): 789-793.
4. Maza S, Rosales M. The processing of giant squid (Dosidicus gigas) surimi through acid-alkaline solubilization and isoelectric precipitation. Bulletin of the Fishery Technological Institute of the Peru. 2004; 6: 1-7.
5. Rosales M, Barriga M, Castro R. Effect of frozen storage of minced fish and surimi and its influence on the quality of fish breaded products. Bulletin of the Fishery Technological Institute of the Peru. 2004; 6: 65-73.
6. Maza S, Rosales M, Castro R. Effects of an acid-saline lixiviation process on the overall quality of giant squid (Dosidicus gigas) surimi. Bulletin of the Fishery Technological Institute of the Peru. 2003; 5: 81-88.
7. Rosales-Hartshorn M. Maca: botanical medicine from the andes. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(2): e1-e6.
8. Rosales-Hartshorn MU. Probiotic cultures as functional foods. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(6): 124-129. 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-1-121

Farouk M. F. El-Sabban, PhD

Department of Nutrition and Physiology
College of Life Sciences
Kuwait University
Jamal Abdul Nasser Street, Kuwait

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. El-Sabban is currently a Professor of Nutrition and Physiology at the College of Life Sciences (formerly known as the College for Women), Kuwait University, since September 2003. Dr. El-Sabban established the Department of Family Sciences (currently known as the Department of Food Science and Nutrition)-the only entity that grants the BSc Degree in Food Science and in Nutrition in Kuwait. Prior to joining Kuwait University, he held the position of Senior Staff Scientist at the American Heart Association, Dallas, Texas, USA. Dr. El-Sabban earned his BSc degree from the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1963 and earned his MS and PhD degrees in nutritional sciences at the Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1968 and 1970 respectively. His experience in academia is vast and spans over many countries: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Kuwait. Dr. El-Sabban is a Scientist who published many scientific articles, presented papers in conferences and has extensive professional affiliations. He is a Seasoned Educator who also has a vast experience in academic administration.

His research interest include: Nutritional sciences.


• Kuwait University Scientific Consultation Council (Kuwait)
• Kuwait University Association (Kuwait)
• Council on Stroke, American Heart Association (USA)
• Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, AHA (USA)
• Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, American Heart Association (USA)
• Council on Cardiovascular Radiology, American Heart Association (USA)
• American Dietetic Association-affiliation with AHA (USA)
• American Associations of Clinical Nutrition-affiliation with AHA (USA)
• American Dietetic Association-affiliation with AHA (USA)
• Produce for Better Health Foundation-affiliation with AHA (USA)
• International Food Information Council-affiliation with AHA (USA)
• Stroke Belt Consortium-affiliation with AHA (USA)
• American Society for Nutritional Sciences (USA)
• American Physiological Society (USA)
• European Society for Microcirculation (Holland & United Kingdom)
• Microcirculatory Society (USA)
• International Society of Pathophysiology (Russia & Japan)
• Federation of Asian & Oceanic Physiological Society (FAOPS)
• International Society of Environmental Biotechnology (Canada)
• Malaysian Society of Pharmacology and Physiology (Malaysia)
• International Advisory Panel, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (WHO)
• Editorial Board, Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre (Malaysia)
• Kuwait University Faculty Association (Kuwait)
• Emirates Medical Association (UAE)
• Al Ain Diabetic Research Group (UAE)
• American Society of Animal Science (USA)
• National Geographic Society (USA)
• Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Society (USA)


1. El-Sabban F. Incorporating e-mail in teaching activities of the nutrition program at College for Women, Kuwait University: Assessment of a five-year experience. British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science. 2015; 5(1): 62-72. doi: 10.9734/BJESBS/2015/11887
2. El-Sabban F. Reflections on experience with using e-mail in teaching of nutrition and related courses. EC Nutrition Journal. 2015; 1(2): 49-51.
3. El-Sabban F. Food, nutrition and lifestyle in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. EC Nutrition Journal. 2014; 1(1): 3-4.
4. El-Sabban F. The antioxidant advantage of the Mediterranean diet in cardiovascular disease. Nutrition and Dietary Supplements. 2014; 6: 35-40. doi: 10.2147/NDS.S59848
5. El-Sabban F, Badr H. Assessment of nutrition knowledge and other aspects among first-year Kuwait University students. Ecology of Food and Nutrition Journal. 2011; 50(2): 181-195. doi: 10.1080/03670244.2011.552376
6. El-Sabban F. Facilitation of student self-learning -can it be implemented successfully in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries? American University of Kuwait(AUK). 2010; 4: 22 -30.
7. El-Sabban F. Current stand on supplementation of antioxidant vitamins in cardiovascular disease. Saudi Medical Journal. 2009; 30: 969-970.
8. El-Sabban F. Garlic as an antithombotic and antiplatelet aggregation agent. Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine. 2009; 4: 288-294.
9. El-Sabban F. Free radical injury for in vivo induction of platelet aggregation: A model in microcirculatory studies of the brain. Neurosciences. 2008; 13(4): 454-455.
10. El-Sabban F. Self-expression assignment(SEA) as a teaching approach to enhance interest of Kuwaiti women in biological sciences. Advances in Physiology Education. 2008; 32(2): 147-151. doi: 10.1152/advan.00045.2007
11. Badr HE, El-Sabban F. Body mass index and type 1 diabetes mellitus in United Arab Emirates university students: a pilot study. Emirates Medical Journal. 2008; 26(1): 31-33.
12. El-Sabban F, Abouazra H. Effect of garlic on atherosclerosis and its factors. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 2008; 14(1): 195-205.
13. Osman N, El-Sabban F, Al Khawli A, Mensah-Brown EPK. Effect of foodstuff contamination by aflatoxin on the one-humped camel(Camelus dromedarius) in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Australian Veterinary Journal. 2004; 82(12): 759-761. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.2004.tb13242.x
14. El-Sabban F. Evaluation of classroom teaching by students and peers for many purposes in academia. Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre. 2001; 6(1): 24-29.
15. Fahim MA, El-Sabban F. Garlic prevents ultrastructural alterations caused by dehydration in mouse cerebral microvessels. The Anatomical Record. 2001; 263: 85-90. doi: 10.1002/ar.1080
16. El-Sabban F, Aziz Z, Murgan V. The in vitro brain slice technique as a tool for studying the central nervous system. Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre. 2000; 5(1): 17-23.
17. El-Sabban F, Reid KH, Edmonds HL, Jr. Comparative effect of flunarizine in two models of stroke. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. 2000; 27: 107-109. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1681.2000.03203.x
18. Daud J, Azhary JMK, Buang M, Ibrahim MH, El-Sabban F. Teaching attitudes among teachers in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre. 1999; 4(1): 51-57.
19. Osman NA, El-Sabban F. Infant-feeding practices in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 1999; 5(1): 103-110.
20. El-Sabban F, Fahim MA. Treatments with lead expedite hyperthermia-induced thromboembolism in mouse pial microvessels. International Journal of Hyperthermia. 1998; 14: 319-329. doi: 10.3109/02656739809018236
21. El-Sabban F, Reid KH, Edmonds HL, Jr. Responses of rat hippocampal slices in a high-potassium medium following in vivo global ischemia. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. 1998; 25: 612-616. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1681.1998.tb02260.x
22. El-Sabban F, Reid KH, Zhang YP, Edmonds HL, Jr. Influence of flunarizine on photochemically-induced synaptic dysfunction in the in vitro rat hippocampal slice. Asia Pacific Journal of Pharmacology. 1998; 13: 1-7.
23. El-Sabban FM, Ali BH, Bashir AK, Tanira MOM. Effect of gentamicin on platelet antiaggregatory action of acetylsalicylic acid in mouse pial arterioles. Life Sciences. 1998; 62: 1361-1369. doi: 10.1016/S0024-3205(98)00070-8
24. Fahim MA, El-Sabban F, Davidson N. Muscle contractility decrement and correlated morphology during the pathogenesis of streptozotocin-diabetic mice. The Anatomical Record. 1998; 251: 240-244.
25. Fahim MA, El-Sabban F. Effect of acute lead treatment on the in vivo thrombosis in mouse cerebral microvessels under hydrated and dehydrated conditions. Emirates Medical Journal. 1997; 15: 138-143.
26. El-Sabban F, Radwan GMH. Influence of garlic compared to aspirin on induced photothrombosis in mouse pial microvessels, in vivo. Thrombosis Research. 1997; 88: 193-203. doi: 10.1016/S0049-3848(97)00230-2
27. Tanira MOM, Ali BA, Bashir AK, El-Sabban F, Al Homsi MF. Neuromuscular and microvascular changes associated with chronic administration of Teucrium stocksianum in mice. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 1997; 49: 301-304. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-7158.1997.tb06800.x
28. El-Sabban F, Reid KH, Edmonds HL, Jr. High-potassium epileptiform bursting in rat hippocampal slices. Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre. 1997; 2(2): 95-98.
29. El-Sabban F, Fahim MA, Radwan GMH, Zaghloul SS, Singh S. Garlic preserves patency and delays hyperthermia-induced thrombosis in pial microcirculation. International Journal of Hyperthermia. 1996; 12: 513-525.
30. Das M, El-Sabban F, Bener A. Student and faculty perceptions of the characteristics of an ideal teacher in a classroom setting. Medical Teacher. 1996; 18: 141-146. doi: 10.3109/01421599609034149
31. Al Dhaheri AH, El-Sabban F, Fahim MA. Lead alters structure and function of mouse flexor muscle. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 1996; 14: 125-135. doi: 10.1016/0736-5748(95)00092-5
32. El-Sabban F. Bases of proper human nutrition. Al-Waha Medical Journal. 1995; 22-23.
33. El-Sabban F, Fahim MA, Al Homsi MF, Singh S. Dehydration and food deprivation exacerbate mouse cerebral responses to local hyperthermia. Journal of Thermal Biology. 1995; 20: 469-476. doi: 10.1016/0306-4565(95)00007-J
34. El-Sabban F, Fahim MA, Mustafa KY. Aspirin influences mouse pial microvascular responses to regional hyperthermia. Pathophysiology. 1995; 2: 217-222. doi: 10.1016/0928-4680(95)00043-5
35. El-Sabban F, Fahim MA. Local hyperthermia induces spontaneous thrombosis and arteriolar constriction in the pia mater of the mouse. International Journal of Biometeorology. 1995; 38: 92-97. doi: 10.1007/BF01270666
36. Al Dhaheri AH, El-Sabban F, Fahim MA. Chronic lead treatment accelerates photochemically-induced platelet aggregation in cerebral microvessels of mice, in vivo. Environmental Research. 1995; 69: 51-58.
37. Fahim MA, El-Sabban F. Hyperthermia induces ultrastructural changes in mouse pial microvessels. The Anatomical Record. 1995; 242: 77-82. doi: 10.1002/ar.1092420110
38. El-Sabban F. Beneficial effects of garlic on the heart and the vascular system. Al-Waha Medical Journal. 1995; 11.
39. El-Sabban F, Reid KH, Zhang YP, Edmonds HL, Jr. Stability of thrombosis induced by electrocoagulation of rat middle cerebral artery. Stroke. 1994; 25: 2241-2245.
40. El-Sabban F, Edmonds HL, Jr, Zhang PY, Shields CB. Effect of flunarizine on free radical- induced microcirculatory injury. Pathophysiology. 1994; 1: 53-58. doi: 10.1016/S0928-4680(05)80011-2
41. Tanira MOM, El-Sabban F, Fahim MA, Wasfi IA. Acetyl salicylic acid alleviates increased susceptibility to thrombosis in pial microcirculation of dehydrated mice. Journal of Veterinary Medical Sciences. 1994; 56: 245-248. doi: 10.1292/jvms.56.245
42. Alkarmi T, Dar FK, El-Sabban F, Alharbi S. Comparative analysis of motility and mobility between Trichinella spiralis and T. pseudospiralis larvae in vitro. Trichinellosis. 1994; 8: 125-129.
43. El-Sabban F. Protective actions of flunarizine against cerebro-vascular trauma. Egyptian Journal of Neurosurgery. 1993; 8(1): 29-41.
44. El-Sabban F. Ramadan: The month of fasting for Muslims of the world. FMHS Newsletter. 1993; 1(3): 3.
45. El-Sabban F, Edmonds HL, Zhang PY. Flunarizine protects blood flow against photochemical injury in cremaster venules of the rat. Emirates Armed Forces Medical Journal. 1992; 4(2): 26-34.
46. El-Sabban F, Zhang PY, Edmonds HL. Effect of flunarizine on photochemically-injured pial venules of the rat. Emirates Armed Forces Medical Journal. 1992; 4(1): 18-26.
47. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Nelson GH. One day of estradiol treatment enhances platelet aggregation at the site of microvascular injury without altering aggregation ex vivo. Life Sciences. 1988; 47: 123-128. doi: 10.1016/0024-3205(88)90675-3
48. El-Sabban F. Enhancement of the use of agricultural residues in animal production in Egypt. A report based on an assignment in Egypt through the United Nations Development Program(UNDP). 1987; 1-30.
49. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Nelson G, Allison TB. Effects on mice of testosterone and dihydrotosterone on platelet aggregation in injured arterioles and ex vivo. Thrombosis Research. 1987; 45: 719-728. doi: 10.1016/0049-3848(87)90082-X
50. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Hirsh PD. Angiotensin delays platelet aggregation after injury of cerebral arterioles. Stroke. 1986; 17: 1203-1205. doi: 10.1161/01.STR.17.6.1203
51. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Allen AD, Nelson GH, Bhatnagar AS, Choi S. Effects of estradiol on platelet aggregation in mouse mesenteric arterioles and ex vivo. Thrombosis Research. 1985; 39: 253-262. doi: 10.1161/01.STR.16.6.980
52. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Allen AD, Bhatnagar AS, Choi S. Effects of estradiol on platelet aggregation in cerebral microvessels of mice. Stroke. 1985; 16: 980-984. doi: 10.1161/01.STR.16.6.980
53. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Effect of OKY-1851, a thromboxane synthesis inhibitor, on the platelet aggregation and vasodilation induced by injury of mouse pial arterioles. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. 1983; 3: 122-126.
54. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Insulin delays platelet accumulation in injured cerebral micorvessels of diabetic and normal mice. Microvascular Research. 1983; 26: 254-257.
55. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Dimethyl sulfoxide(DMSO) and glycerol, hydroxyl radical scavengers, impair platelet aggregation within and eliminate the accompanying vasodilation of injured mouse pial arterioles. Stroke. 1982; 13: 35-39. doi: 10.1161/01.STR.13.1.35
56. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Influence of shear rate on platelet aggregation in cerebral microvessels. Microvascular Research. 1982; 23: 311-315. doi: 10.1016/S0026-2862(82)80003-4
57. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Loria RM. Platelet aggregation in the cerebral and mesenteric microcirculation of mice with genetically determined diabetes. Diabetes. 1981; 30: 89-92. doi: 10.2337/diabetes.30.2.89
58. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Loria RM. Proaggregatory effect of fasting on platelet aggregation in the microcirculation of mice with streptozotocin diabetes. Arteriosclerosis. 1981; 1: 127-133. doi: 10.1161/01.ATV.1.2.127
59. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Nelson G. 5-methoxy-2-methyl-3-indole acetic acid, a metabolite of alkali hydrolysis product of indomethacin, inhibits platelet aggregation, in vivo. Prostaglandins. 1981; 21: 667-673. doi: 10.1016/0090-6980(81)90015-0
60. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Measurement of red cell velocity with a two-slit technique and cross correlation: use of reflected light, and either regulated dc or unregulated ac power supplies. Microvascular Research. 1981; 22: 225-227. doi: 10.1016/0026-2862(81)90092-3
61. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Ellis EF. Aspirin and endomethacin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents alter the response to microvascular injury in brain and mesentery. Microvascular Research. 1980; 20: 374-378. doi: 10.1016/0026-2862(80)90066-7
62. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F, Ellis EF. Aspirin and indomethacin enhance platelet aggregation in mouse mesenteric arterioles. American Journal of Physiology. 1980; 39: H220-H226.
63. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Iproniazid inhibits platelet aggregation in mesenteric microvessels. Blood Vessels. 1980; 17: 324-326. doi: 10.1159/000158263
64. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Use of AHR-5850 and 6293 to distinguish the effect of anti-platelet aggregating drug properties from the effect of anti-inflammatory properties on an in vivo model of platelet aggregation. Microvascular Research. 1979; 17: 309-313. doi: 10.1016/S0026-2862(79)80006-0
65. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Topical prostacyclin(PGI2) inhibits platelet aggregation in pial venules of the mouse. Stroke. 1979; 10: 399-401. doi: 10.1161/01.STR.10.4.399
66. El-Sabban F, Kotb AR, El-Bassousy A. Digestibility and nitrogen utilization of rations containing urea-enriched rice hulls. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1979; 57(6): 37-43.
67. El-Sabban F. Feedlot performance and meat productivity of Jersey and cross-bred(Jersey x Baladi) cattle in Saudi Arabia. II- Slaughter and carcass characteristics and meat acceptability of bulls and steers. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1979; 57(6): 29-36.
68. El-Sabban F. Feedlot performance and meat productivity of Jersey and cross-bred(Jersey x Baladi) cattle in Saudi Arabia. I- Live weight gain and feed efficiency of bull, steer and heifer calves. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1979; 57(6): 21-28.
69. Bedeir LH, El-Sabban F, Abou-Salim IA, Omara S. Effect of castration at different ages on feedlot performance, slaughter and carcass characteristics of water buffalo male calves. II-Slaughter and carcass characteristics. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1979; 57(6): 9-20.
70. El-Sabban F, Bedeir LH, Abou-Salim IA, El-Kholy M. Effect of castration at different ages on feedlot performance, slaughter and carcass characteristics of water buffalo male calves. I-Feedlot performance. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1979; 57(6): 1-8.
71. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Effect of dipyridamole on platelet aggregation in cerebral microcirculation of the mouse. Thrombosis Research. 1978; 12: 181-185. doi: 10.1016/0049-3848(78)90097-X
72. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Platelet aggregation and vasoconstriction in undamaged microvessels on cerebral surface adjacent to brain traumatized by a penetrating needle. Microvascular Research. 1978; 15: 299-307. doi: 10.1016/0026-2862(78)90030-4
73. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Enhancement of platelet aggregation by tranylcypromine in mouse cerebral microvessels. Circulation Research. 1978; 43: 238-241. doi: 10.1161/01.RES.43.2.238
74. Bedeir LH, El-Sabban F, Dessouki MT, El-Dashlouty MS. Effect of castration on the physical and chemical properties of buffalo meat. I-Influence of age at castration on cold storage. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1978; 56(7): 57-63.
75. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Control of platelet aggregation in cerebral microvessles. Journal of Neurophathology and Experimental Neurology. 1978; 37(5): 682-691.
76. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Effects of combined parenchymal and vascular injury on platelet aggregation in pial arterioles of living mice: Evidence for release of aggregate-inhibiting materials. Stroke. 1977; 8: 691-693. doi: 10.1161/01.STR.8.6.691
77. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Platelet aggregation in the cerebral microcirculation. Effect of Aspirin and other agents. Circulation Research. 1977; 40: 320-328. doi: 10.1161/01.RES.40.3.320
78. Rosenblum WI, El-Sabban F. Effects of brain trauma on undamaged cerebral microvessels. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 1977; 56(Suppl. 64): 418-419.
79. El-Sabban F, Mahmoud AM, Saleh Yousef MS, El-Kholy M, Afifi YA. Effect of poultry litter as a source of nitrogen in rations on live weight gain and feed efficiency of Fresian bull calves. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1975; 53(7): 65-72.
80. El-Bassousy A, El-Sabban F, Makky AM, El-Danasoury MS, Ashry AM. Nutritive value of Russian Comfrey. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1975; 53(7): 59-64.
81. El-Bassousy A, El-Sabban F, Makky AM, El-Danasoury MS, Ashry AM. Productivity and composition of Russian comfrey as a fodder crop in Egypt. Agricultural Research Reviews. 1975; 53(7): 51-57.
82. El-Sabban F. Livestock resources in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Agriculture Journal. 1975; 2: 32-38.
83. El-Sabban F. Use of poultry litter in animal nutrition - Introductory article. Agricultural Sciences. 1974; 10: 1-9.
84. El-Sabban F. Utilization of different roughages in finishing rations for ruminants. The Agriculture Journal. 1972; 4: 23-28.
85. Rothenbacker H, El-Sabban F, Long TA, Baumgardt BR. Prevention of stomach and liver pathology in feeder steers by sawdust roughage replacer. Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinician. 1972; 67: 1127-1131.
86. El-Sabban FF, Rothenbacker H, Long TA, Baumgardt BR. Certain blood constituents and serum transaminases in Hereford steers fed high-energy rations. American Journal of Veterinary Research. 1971; 32: 1027-1032.
87. El-Sabban FF, Long TA, Baumgardt BR. Utilization of oak sawdust as a roughage substitute in beef cattle finishing rations. Journal of Animal Science. 1971; 32: 749-755.
88. El-Sabban FF, Bratzler JW, Long TA, Frear DEH, Gentry RF. Value of processed poultry waste as a feed for ruminants. Journal of Animal Science. 1970; 31: 107-111. doi: 10.2134/jas1970.311107x
89. Baumgardt BR, Long TA, Dinius DA, El-Sabban F, Peterson D, Rugh M. Feed ingredient of the future? A report on wood by-products in ruminant feeding. Feedlot. 1969; 11(4): 22-30.
90. El-Sabban F. Is garlic a wonder plant? Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(3): e7-e8. 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-1-e002 /a>

Maria L. Plaza-Delestre, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Food Science and Technology Program
Mayaguez Campus
University of Puerto Rico
Cell Box 9000, Mayaguez 00681, Puerto Rico

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Dr. Plaza is Associate Professor in the Food Science and Technology Program at The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Biology and a Masters Degree in Food Science and Technology (both from the University of Puerto Rico). She also has a Doctorate in Food Science with a concentration in Food Chemistry (University of Florida). Dr. Plaza is a member of The Institute of Food Technology, Life Time Member of the Phi Tau Sigma honor Society, and elected President of The Alpha Delta Gamma International Educators Sorority. As a Food Scientist, she is a Food Safety Manager Certified and SQF certified. She is part of the trainers group for JIFSAN GAP courses. In addition she participates as trainer in GAP, GMP and HACCP Programs at the UPR-Mayaguez Campus. She has obtained several research awards for her work on Use of edible films to extend the shelf life of fruit and vegetables, focusing on its effect on physicochemical characteristics and microorganism’s growth.

Her research interests include: Food Chemistry, Food Analysis, Postharvest Treatment and Value Added, Sensory Analysis, Flavor Chemistry.


• (June 2009) IFAS/CALS Graduate Student Travel Grant
• (June 2009) FSHN Graduate Student Travel Awards
• (April 2009) GSC Research Grant
• (July 2008) 2nd Place Poster Competition Fruit and Vegetables Division IFT Annual Meeting
• (July 2008) Davidson Graduate Student Travel Scholarship
• (July 2008) FSHN Graduate Student Travel Awards
• (July 2008) IFAS/CALS Graduate Student Travel Grant
• (July 2007) Graduate Student Council Travel Grant
• (July 2007) IFAS/CALS Graduate Student Travel Grant
• (November 2001) SOPCA (Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Ciencias Agrícolas) Scholarship
• (May 1999) Recognition of the Agricultural Department of Puerto Rico
• (January 1997-May 2000) Teaching Assistantship from UPR Mayagüez Campus


• Alpha Delta Kappa
• Phi Tau Sigma Honor Society-President (2003-2005), Professional Member
• Food Science and Technology Graduate Student Association-President (1997-1998)
• Who’s Who Biltmore
• The National Scholars Honor Society
• National Restaurant Association
• National Registry Food Safety Professionals
• Gamma Sigma Delta- Honor Society of Agriculture (PR Chapter and UF Chapter)
• Institute of Food Technologist

1. Ramirez-Rodrigues MM, Plaza ML, Ferrentino G, Balaban MO, reyes-de-Corcuera J, Marshall MR. Effect of dense phase carbon dioxide processing on microbial stability and physicochemical attributes of hibiscus sabdariffa. Journal of Food Processing Engineering. 2013; 36(1): 125-133. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-4530.2011.00663.x
2. Ramirez-Rodrigues MM, Plaza ML, Azeredo A, Balaban MO, Marshall MR. Phytochemical, Sensory Attributes and Aroma Stability of Dense Phase Carbon Dioxide Processed Hibiscus sabdariffa Beverage during Storage. Journal of Food Science. Food Chemistry. 2012; 134(3): 1425-1431. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.03.042
3. Ramirez-Rodrigues MM, Plaza ML, Azeredo A, Balaban MO, Marshall MR. Physicochemical and Phytochemical Properties of Cold and Hot Water Extraction from Hibiscus sabdariff. Journal of Food Science. 2011; 76(3): C428-C435. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2011.02091.x.
4. Ferrentino G, Plaza ML, Ramirez-Rodrigues M, Ferrari G, Balaban MO. Effects of Dense Phase Carbon Dioxide Pasteurization on the Physical and Quality Attributes of a Red Grapefruit Juice. Journal of Food Science. 2009; 74(6): E333-E341. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01250.x
5. Darnell RL, Brunner B, Alvarado HE, Williamson J, Plaza M, Negron E. Annual, Off-Season Raspberry Production in Warm Season Climates. Hort Technology. 2006; 16(1): 92-97.

B. N. Dar, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Food Technology
Islamic University of Science and Technology
1, University Avenue
Awantipora, J&K 192122, India

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Dr. Dar is graduate in Agricultural Sciences. For higher studies he selected Food Technology as field of specialization and did his Master’s and Doctorate in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Dr. Dar started his professional career in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Food Technology. He has published 30 research and review papers in various international journals and presented 10 papers in conferences. He has been recommended for UGC research Award 2014-2016 in the field of Agricultural sciences. One multi-million research project stands approved in his name. Dr. Dar has guided 8 PG students in their research work. He is on editorial board and reviewer of many reputed journals, Main focus of his research is on traditional foods and unexplored food sources. Dr. Dar has conducted various training programmes and workshops in the University. He is striving for excellence in the area of food and nutritional sciences through research and learning from the peers in this area.

His research interests include: Under Utilized Agricultural Products, Antioxidants, Functional Foods and Nutraceauticals.


• Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) (2010)
• Ist Prize at National Seminar on Bioengineered Foods: Strategies and Perspective (2009)
• JFST Best Paper-Food Technology for the year (2012-2013)
• Research Award Scheme, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India (2014-2016)


• Member of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC) USA
• Member of FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Canada
• Member of Technical Committee of department of CA & PD Govt of J & K, India
• Volunteer member of FSSAI for harmonization of food safety act
• Expert member of the State Food Processing Development Council (SFPDC) J & K
• Member of World Academy of Science, Enginering and Technology (WASET)

1. Dar BN, Sharma S, Singh B, Kaur G. Quality Assessment and Physicochemical Characteristics of Bran Enriched Chapattis. International Journal of Food Science. 2014. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/689729
2. Sarita Singh, Sharma NS, Dar BN, Sharma S. Quality of Bulgur Wheat in Relation to Storage. Am J Food Tech. 2014; 9(1): 63-68. doi: 10.3923/ajft.2014.63.68
3. Kaur S, Dar BN, Pathania S, Sharma S. Reduction of Antinutritional Factors in Cereal Brans for Product Development. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. 2014. doi: 10.1111/jfpp.12223
4. Dar BN, Ahsan H, Wani SM, Dalal MR. Effect of CaCl2, Citric acid and Storage period on physico-chemical characteristics of cherry candy. Journal of Food Science and Engineering. 2011; 1(2): 1-7.
5. Dar BN, Sharma S. Total Phenolic Content of Cereal Brans using conventional and Microwave assisted Extraction. Am J Food Tech. 2011; 6(12): 1045-1053. doi: 10.3923/ajft.2011.1045.1053
6. Dar BN, Ahsan H, Wani SM, Dalal MR. Development of Technology for Cherry Candy :: Assessment of quality and shelf life. Advances in food sciences. 2011; 33(3): 146-152.
7. Kaur G, Sharma S, Dar BN. Effect of different cereal bran incorporations on pasting properties of wheat semolina. Advance in food sciences. 2010; 32(4): 212-216.
8. Kaur S, Sharma S, Dar BN, Singh B. Optimization of Process for Reduction of Antinutritional Factors in Edible Cereal Brans. Food Science and Technology International. 2012; 18(5): 445-454. doi: 10.1177/1082013211428236
9. Pandit AH, Bhat KM, Wani MS, et al. Effect of Indole-3-butyric Acid on Cuttings of MM.106 and MM.111 Apple Rootstocks. Proc. IXth IS on Orchard Systems Ed.: Robinson TL, Acta Hort. 903, ISHS, 2011.
10. Wani WM, Bhat ZA, Rashid R, Bhat JA, Dar BN. Carry-Over Effect of Paclobutrazol on Vegetative Parameters of Sweet Cherry. International Journal of Fruit Science. 2011; 11: 424-429. doi: 10.1080/15538362.2011.630590
11. Nagi HPS, Kaur J, Dar BN, Sharma S. Effect of Storage Period and Packaging on the Shelf Life of Cereal Bran Incorporated Biscuits. Am J Food Tech. 2012; 7(5): 301-310. doi: 10.3923/ajft.2012.301.310
12. Bashir N, Bhat MA, Dar BN, Shah MA. Effect of different drying methods on the quality of tomatoes. Advances in Food Sciences. 2014; 36(2): 65-69.
13. Dar BN, Ahsan H, Wani SM, Kaur D, Kaur S. Microwave heating in food processing - A review. Beverage and Food world. 2010; 37(3): 36-40.
14. Dar BN, Sharma S, Kaur S, Kaur G. Biotechnological approaches in Cereal processing. Beverage and Food world. 2011; 38(10): 32-34.
15. Dar BN, Sharma Sand Singh B. Bioactive Compounds of Instant Breakfast Cereal. Crop Improvement. 2012.
16. Kaur G, Sharma S, Nagi HPS, Dar BN. Functional properties of pasta enriched with variable cereal brans. J Food Sci Technol. 2011. doi: 10.1007/s13197-011-0294-3
17. Mandge HM, Sharma S, Dar BN. Instant Multigrain Porridge: Effect of Cooking Treatment on Pysico-chemical and Functional Properties. J Food Sci and Technol. 2011. doi: 10.1007/s13197-011-0461-6
18. Wani SM, Ahsan H, Dalal MR, Dar BN, Rather AH. Breakeven analysis of applesauce production. SKUAST Journal of Research. 2008.
19. Wani SM, Ahsan H, Dar BN, Dalal MR, Malik AR. Chemical characteristics of different formulations of apple sauce under ambient storage. SKUAST Journal of Research. 2009; 11: 106-111.
20. Ahsan H, Waheed-ur-Rehman, Wani SM, Dar BN, Dalal MR, Malik AR. Influence of various osmotic concentrations, pre-treatments and packaging materials of dehydrated apple rings (physicochemical parameters). Advances in Applied Biological Research. 2008; 10: 31-35.
21. Kaur S, Ranote PS, Sharma S, Dar BN. Technological developments in food labelling. Processed food Industry. 2010; 13(12): 29-32.
22. Kaur S, Dar BN, Sharma S. Role of Biotechnology for Global Food Security. Beverage and Food world. 2011; 38(2): 33-37.
23. Dalal MR, Wani WM, Wani SM, Malik AR, Dar BN. Studies on economics of weed control measures in apple nursery. SKUAST Journal of Research. 2009; 11: 150-156.
24. Dalal MR, Wani WM, Wani MS, Wani SM, Malik AR, Dar BN. Effect of weed control measures on various soil parameters in apple nursery. SKUAST Journal of Research. 2008; 10: 195-200.
25. Dalal MR, Mir MA, Wani SM, Dar BN, Malik AR. Organic fruit production: A review. Green Farming. 2009; 2(7): 478-482.
26. Singh A, Dar BN, Hussain SZ. Food Irradiation: A Review. Beverage and Food world. 2011; 38(10): 22-27.
27. Kaur G, Thind SS, Sharma S, Dar BN. Bacteriocins_ A potential food Preservative. Indian Food Industry. 2011; 30(2): 19-24.
28. Sharma S, Kaur S, Dar BN, Singh B. Storage Stability and Quality Assessment of Processed Cereal Brans. J Food Sci Technol. 2011. doi: 10.1007/s13197-011-0537-3
29. Singh G, Kaur A, Dar BN, Mahandran PP. Computer Vision Technology for Food Quality Assessment. Beverage and Food world. 2012; 39(3): 27-33.
30. Kaur G, Singh P, Sharma S, Dar BN. Functional Beverages: An Overeview. Processed Food Industry. 2012; 15(6): 12-17.
31. Kaur J, Nagi HPS, Sharma S, Dar BN. Physico-chemical and sensory quality of cereal bran enriched biscuits. Journal of Dairying Foods and home sciences. 2012; 31(3): 176-183.
32. Singh G, Kumar A, Kumbhar BK, Dar BN. Optimization of processing parameters and ingredients for development of low-fat fibre-supplemented paneer. J Food Sci Technol. 2013. doi: 10.1007/s13197-013-1049-0
33. Kaur S, Sharma S, Singh B, Dar BN. Effect of extrusion variables (Temperature, Moisture) on the antinutrient components of cereal brans. J Food Sci Technol. 2013. doi: 10.1007/s13197-013-1118-4
34. Sofi SA, Sharma S, Dar BN, Nayik GA . Microencapsulation: A review. Beverage and Food World. 2014; 41(8): 21-25.
35. Allai FM, Azad ZAR, Dar BN, Ahmad T. Shelf Life Study of Sugarcane Juice: Effect of Different Treatments. Advance in food sciences. 2014; 36(4): 146-150.

Sami Dridi, PhD, HDR

Associate Professor
Department of Avian Endocrinology and Molecular Genetics
Center of Excellence for Poultry Science
University of Arkansas
1260 W. Maple Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Dridi received his Accreditation to Supervise Research (HDR) in Structural Biology, Biochemistry and Cell Signaling from the University of Paris XI. He got his PhD and Master degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL) and National Institute for Agronomic Researches (INRA), France.

His research interests include: Peripheral and central molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of energy homeostasis and fat metabolism in avian species for the improvement of growth efficiency.

Dr. Dridi joined several international teams such as UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Kentucky, University of Leuven (Belgium), ENITA Bordeaux (France), ENV Nantes (France) and West Virginia University as a post-doctoral fellow, Contractual Professor or Main Investigator.

1. Piekarski A, Khaldi S, Greene L, et al. Tissue distribution, gender- and genotype-dependent expression of autophagy-related genes in avian species. Plos One. 2014; 9(11): e112449. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112449
2. Sintubin P, Greene E, Collin A, et al. Expression profile of hypothalamic neuropeptides in chicken lines selected for high or low residual feed intake. Neuropeptides. 2014; 48: 213-220. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2014.04.007
3. Dridi S, Hirano Y, Tarallo V, et al. ERK1/2 activation is a therapeutic target in age-related macular degeneration. Proc Natl acad Sci USA. 2012; 109: 13781-13786. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1206494109.
4. Tarallo V, Hirano Y, Gelfand BD, et al. Dicer 1 loss and Alu RNA induce age-related macular degeneration via the NLRP3 inflammasome and MyD88. Cell. 2012; 149: 847-859. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2012.03.036
5. Kleinman M, Kaneko H, Cho W, et al. Short interfering RNAs induce retinal degeneration via TLR3 and IRF3. Molecular Therapy. 2012; 20: 101-108. doi: 10.1038/mt.2011.212.
6. Kaneko H, Dridi S, Tarallo V, et al. DICER dysregulation induces cytotoxic Alu RNA accumulation in age-related macular degeneration. Nature. 2011; 471: 325-330. doi: 10.1038/nature09830.
7. Gregory KJ, Zhao B, Bielenberg DR, et al. Vitamin D Binding Protein-Macrophage Activating Factor Directly Inhibits Proliferation, Migration, and uPAR Expression of Prostate Cancer Cells. Plos One. 2010; 5: e13428-e13439. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013428
8. Ons E, Gertler A, Buyse J, et al. Visfatin gene expression in chickens is gender and tissue dependent. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2010; 38: 63-74. doi: 10.1016/j.domaniend.2009.08.007
9. Albuquerque RJ, Hayashi T, Cho WG, et al. Alternatively spliced vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 is an essential endogenous inhibitor of lymphatic vessel growth. Nat Med. 2009; 15: 1023-1030. doi: 10.1038/nm.2018.
10. Takeda A, Baffi JZ, Kleinman ME, et al. CCR3 is a target for age-related macular degeneration diagnosis and therapy. Nature. 2009; 460: 225-230. doi: 10.1038/nature08151
11. Buyse J, Janssen S, Geelissen S, et al. Ghrelin modulates fatty acid synthase and related transcription factor mRNA levels in a tissue-specific manner in neonatal broiler chicks. Peptides. 2009; 30: 1342-1347. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2009.04.015
12. Piekarski A, Greene E, Anthony NB, Bottje W, Dridi S. Crosstalk between autophagy and obesity: Potential use of avian model. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(1): 32-37.
13. Dridi S, Anthony N, Kong BW, Bottje W. Feed efficiency: A key production trait and a global challenge. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(3): e11-e13.
14. Piekarski A, Bottje W, Dridi S. Heat stress: A global concern. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(5): 102-103. doi: 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-1-118
15. Nguyen PH, Greene E, Donoghue A, Huff G, Clark FD, Dridi S. A new insight into cold stress in poultry production. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2016; 2(1): 143-144. doi: 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-2-124
16. Piekarski A, Bottje W, Dridi S. Heat stress: A global concern. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(5): 102-103. doi: 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-1-118

Dinesh Babu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Food Safety Toxicology
Department of Toxicology
School of Pharmacy, College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Louisiana
Sugar Hall 202A
Monroe, LA 71209-0497, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Babu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Toxicology, University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM), LA. At the college of Pharmacy, Dr. Babu teaches Food safety and Toxicology and conducts research studies in food toxicology, food microbiology, immunology and molecular biology research pertaining to food safety and detection of microorganisms and toxins in foods. He received his PhD in Food Science from the Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater OK in 2010. He worked as Post Doctoral Associate in the Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas and as Scientist in Sea Star Internationals Inc., Fayetteville, Arkansas before joining ULM. He obtained his masters in Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry from the Oklahoma State University in 2005. Dr. Babu has received several awards including best poster presentation at the Arkansas Association of Food Protection (AAFP) meeting (2011) and at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo, New Orleans, LA (2011). He was nominated for the OSU-Outstanding Graduate Student award (2010). He has received Burdock Group Student Travel Award for IFT (2010) from Burdock group and Food Laws and Regulations Division (FLRD) of IFT, Graduate College Research Fellowship from Oklahoma State University (2008 and 2010), Graduate student mentor award by the Howard-Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI-2007, 2008), and OSU-Oliver Buck and Bessie Brensing Memorial Scholarship award-2004.

His research interests include: Efficacy testing of natural antimicrobials, Safety evaluation of food ingredients, additives and phytochemicals on human and animal health.

Memberships and Professional Service

• Full member-Society of Toxicologists (SOT) since 2013
• Full member-American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) since 2013
• Full member-Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) since 2008
• Chapter leader representing Oklahoma State University, Stillwater during IFT Chapter leaders workshop-IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, Anaheim-CA USA (2009).
• Team leader for Product Development competition food science club-2009-10, OSU, Stillwater-OK USA Ag. Council representative and Chair leader for Homecoming celebrations-Food science club, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater-OK USA (2009)
• Vice President, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Graduate Students Association, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater-OK USA (2008)
• Representative for OSU Graduate & Professional Student Govt. Association & Graduate College, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater-OK USA (2004-2005)


• Invited as the guest speaker at the 25th Research Symposium, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK during February 19-21, 2014.
• First place for poster presentation at Arkansas Association of Food Protection (AAFP) meeting, Sept. 2011 at the Tyson World Headquarters, Springdale, AR, USA.
• Third place for poster presentation at IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo, New Orleans, LA (2011).
• Nominated for OSU-Outstanding Graduate Student award, Food Science Dept., OSU, Stillwater (2010-2011)
• Burdock Group Student Travel Award for IFT 2010. From Burdock group and Food Laws and Regulations Division (FLRD) of International Food Technologists (IFT), IFT-Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (July 2010).
• Graduate College Research Fellowship from Oklahoma State University for summer research (2008 and 2010).
• Finalist in OSU RIATA business plan competition as team leader of ActiVeggies (April, 2010)
• Travel award from Oklahoma State University, Food Science club to attend IFT Chapter leaders workshop at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo, Anaheim, CA (2009)
• Luncheon Ticket Award from the Food Laws and Regulations Division (FLRD) at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo, Anaheim, CA (2009)
• First place for poster presentation at IFT/OK research symposium, OSU Stillwater-OK (Feb 2009)
• Graduate student mentor award by the Howard-Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Undergraduate Education Program for Critical Thinking in Biological Sciences, OSU, Stillwater-OK USA (2007 and 2008)
• Research paper award as top 25 hottest articles (July-September 2006): Applied Soil Ecology Journal, 2006
• OSU-Oliver Buck and Bessie Brensing Memorial Scholarship award (2004)
• OSU-GPSGA travel award for attending ASA conference at Seattle, (2004)
• Junior Research Fellowship-Adhoc project Indian Council of Agricultural Research, (1995-1997)
• Best outgoing and best all-rounder from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India (1995)


• Safe Quality Foods (SQF): Implementing global food safety initiative (GFSI) schemes, SQF training by HACCP consulting group LLC at Food and Agriculture Products Center, Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater-OK (March 2010)
• Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification, FoodProtech, FAPC, OSU (2008)
• Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research basic course and Human Research Curriculum Completion at the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program: IRB research compliance, Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater-OK (February 01-2010)
• Biomedical Research Investigator Refresher Course at the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program: IRB research compliance, Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater-OK (October 14, 15-2009)
• Workshop on grant writing. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater-OK (October 07, 2009)
• MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry and Introduction to Proteomics workshop, (OSU, 2006)
• DNA Micro-array workshop at the Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, (OSU, (2005)
• Genetic Engineering-Continuing education training. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India, (2001)
• Soil Chemical Processes and Impact on Environmental Quality Course Certification (2003)
• Laboratory Methods of Soil, Plant and Environmental Analysis Course certification (2002)
• Problem Solving through Team Work workshop, First Aid and Personal effectiveness training programs at E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd. India (2000)

1. Kushwaha K, OBryan CA, Babu D, Crandall PG, Chen P, Lee SO. Human health benefits of isoflavones from soybeans. Agriculture, Food and Analytical Bacteriology. 2014; 4(2): 122-135.
2. Masuku SM, Babu D, Martin EM, OBryan CA, Crandall PG, Ricke SC. Lethality of moist heat and silver dihydrogen citrate disinfectant against Listeria strains inoculated on deli slicer components. Journal Food Control. 2014; 44: 227-232.
3. Babu D, Crandall PG, Johnson CL, OBryan CA, Ricke SC. Efficacy of Antimicrobials Extracted from Organic Pecan Shell for Inhibiting the Growth of Listeria spp. Journal of Food Science. 2013; 78(12): M1899- M1903. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.12311
4. Crandall PG, OBryan CA, Babu D, et al. Whole-chain traceability, is it possible to trace your hamburger to a particular steer, a U. S. perspective. Meat Science. 2013; 95(2): 137-144. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2013.04.022.
5. Masuku SM, Babu D, Martin EM, et al. Cleaning and decontamination efficacy of wiping cloths and silver dihydrogen citrate on food contact surfaces. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 2012; 113(1): 89-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2012.05318.x.
6. Van Loo EJ, Babu D, Crandall PG, Ricke SC. Screening of commercial and pecan shell extracted liquid smoke agents as natural antimicrobials against foodborne pathogens. Journal of Food Protection. 2012; 75(6): 1148-1152. doi: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-11-543.
7. Tam D, Babu D, Buescher RW. Inhibition of Yeast in Commercial Pickle Brines. Journal of Food Research. 2012; 1(3): 291-305. doi: 10.5539/jfr.v1n3p295.
8. Jarvis N, Clement AR, Babu D, et al. Dried plum products as a substitute for phosphate in Chicken marinade. Journal of Food Science. 2012; 77(6): S253-S257. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2012.02737.x.
9. Babu D, Muriana P. Immuno-magnetic bead-based recovery and real time quantitative PCR(RT iq- PCR) for sensitive quantification of aflatoxin B1. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 2011; 86(2): 188-194. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2011.05.002.
10. Deng SP, Parham JA, Hattey JA, Babu D. Animal manure and anhydrous ammonia amendment alter microbial carbon use efficiency, microbial biomass, and activities of dehydrogenase and amidohydrolases in semiarid agro-ecosystems. Applied Soil Ecology. 2006; 33: 258-268. doi: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2005.10.004

Farid Menaa, MD, PhD, EMBA

Department of Oncology and Food Nanotechnology
Fluorotronics Inc. and Co.
San Diego, CA, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Farid Menaa (Bsc. Eng., Bsc. Bio., Msc. Genetics, Master Gerontology/Geriatrics, PhD Radiation Oncology and Gerontology, three international post-doctoral terms, EMBA Entrepreneurship and MD candidate), is an experienced and skilled inter- and multi-disciplinary professional. Professor, Principal Investigator, Executive Director, Consultant, Advisor, Editor, Reviewer, Event Organizer and Entrepreneur, Dr. Menaa earned his degrees with high distinctions from prestigious universities and institutions.
During his career, Dr. Menaa followed complementary formations (e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Food Sciences and Technology, Marine Biology, Nanobiotechnology, Bio-Computation, Biostatistics, Business Development and Management, Marketing, Technological Innovation and Quality, communication/linguistics), worked and taught at various organizations (e.g. public, governmental and private).
Overall, the holistic concept of Dr. Menaa led him to contribute for various clinical and R&D projects related to medicine, sciences and technology (e.g. medicine/nanomedicine, pharmacy/cosmetology, pharmacology/toxicology, biology, stem cells/tissue engineering/regenerative medicine, genetics/genomics, fluorine chemistry/biochemistry/proteomics, biophysics/bio-photonics, food science/nutrition, biotechnology/nanobiotechnology, business management/development and marketing).
Dr. Menaa is also experienced with teaching, supervision, edition, leadership, coaching, consulting, event organizations, scientific & medical collaborations in several countries and languages. Dr. Menaa is, among others, the leading organizer of the “Target Meeting´s 1st World Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology Online Conference” (http://www.targetmeeting.com; 2013), member of the technical committee of a large number of international scientific events, member of several prestigious medical and scientific organizations (e.g. AACR, AAAS, ASCB, IRSCC, SPIE, RSC, ACS, ASH, ASHG, AAPS, ). Dr. Menaa is further the editor, guest editor and reviewer of a large number of esteemed journals worldwide (>50) including in the area of nutrition, food science and technology. Dr. Menaa´s focus in nutrition, food science and technology is related to polyphenols, vitamins and fatty acids. Dr. Menaa has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles (including research and review articles, books, book chapters, textbooks, proceedings) and has participated to over 200 scientific international events.

His current research interests include: Preventive, personalized, translational, integrative, green and nano-based medicine, especially in the areas of oncology, regenerative medicine, dermatology, nutrition and gerontology, in order to prevent, implement early diagnosis, and develop efficient and safer therapeutic options.


Dr. Menaa´s R&D interests include the integration of innovative green techniques, technologies, methods and applications for personalized and translational medicine, in particular to improve the outcomes of cancer patients, stroke patients and to delay the aging process while improving the life quality of the human beings. In the nutrition field, Dr. Menaa is particularly interested in bioactive food ingredients and (nano-) food technology. His current work focuses on the role of polyphenols, vitamins, trans-fatty acids, probiotics, lipopolysaccharides in aging and in certain non-communicable diseases, including obesity, cancers, diabetes, infectious and cardiovascular pathologies.


1. Menaa F, Menaa A, Tréton J, Menaa B. Dietary Intake of (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate against Aging and Cancers: Nanoencapsulation of Multi-Rings Still Requires New Rounds! J Nanomater Mol Nanotechnol . 2013; 2: 7. doi:10.4172/2324-8777.1000131
2. Menaa F, Menaa A, Jacques Treton, Menaa B. Technological Approaches to Minimize Industrial Trans Fatty Acids in Foods. J Food Sciences. 2013; 78: R377-R386. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.12055.
3. Menaa F, Menaa A, Menaa B, Treton J. Trans Fatty Acids, Dangerous Bonds for Health? A Background Review Paper of their Use, Consumption, Health Implications and Regulation in France. Eur J Nutrition.2013; 52: 1289-1302. doi: 10.1007/s00394-012-0484-4.
4. Mahamuni SP, Khose RD, Menaa F, Badole SL. Therapeutic approaches to drug targets in hyperlipidemia. Biomedicine.2012; 2: 137-146. doi: 10.1016/j.biomed.2012.08.002.
5. Menaa F. The Berry Fruit Açai (Euterpe oleracea Mart): Bringing Health Benefits and Exotism to the Modern Table. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2014; 1(1): 1-4.
6. Menaa F. The basic of trans-fatty acids in foods: an update to prevent diseases. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(3): e9-e10.

Christopher N. Ochner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
1428 Madison Ave, NY 10029, USA

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Dr. Ochner has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a Recognized Nutrition Expert, appearing widely in the media including Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, World News with Diane Sawyer, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He has published dozens of peer reviewed articles on nutrition, has received several awards from the NIH, and was one of the youngest faculties at Columbia University to lead an independent research laboratory. He now runs a Research Laboratory at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and maintains an appointment at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center in NY, USA.

His research interests include: Nutrition, Weight loss dieting, Neural regulation of food intake, Bing eating and Bariatric surgery


As a Research Fellow at Columbia University (2006-2009), he served as Co-Investigator and Project Manager on an NIH-funded research study and, with his mentor, co-conceived and wrote an NIH R01 proposal (funded in 2009). He published eight peer-reviewed articles, four book chapters, a book and >20 abstracts. He was awarded an NIH F32 grant and multiple new investigator awards, securing over $100,000 in direct costs to fund my research.
In 2009, he received an NIH Career Development (K12) Award, becoming one of the youngest faculty members at Columbia University and the youngest to form an independent research laboratory. In the next three years, I published 12 peer-reviewed articles, four book chapters and >20 abstracts. He was awarded nearly $400,000 in direct costs to fund my research, and received scores on two submitted NIH R01 proposals. Since coming to Mount Sinai in October 2012, He implemented a clinical trial, published four peer reviewed articles, obtained over $94,000 in grant funding and have an additional $2.8M in grant funding pending review. He have pioneered research in several areas of obesity. He was the first to publish significant associations between: calcium intake and weight loss maintenance; neural asymmetry and eating patterns; menopausal status and weight loss after bariatric surgery and; changes in neural responsivity and changes in food preferences. His work has been published in numerous international journals, featured on two journal covers, highlighted in an NIH/NIDDK publication, featured in world and national news, and cited >500 times in other published work.


During his doctoral training in clinical psychology at Drexel University (ranked 7th nationally at the time), He worked as an Assessment Counselor at the 126-bed Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital and as a Behavioral Health Clinician at the MCP Hahnemann University Hospital. I received an Exemplary Contribution Award from Brooke Glen and a full-time offer from MCP Hahnemann. He was also invited to author an online APA-approved continuing education course on implementing a weight management program, and an invited seminar leader for an APA-approved continuing education course on treating medical non-compliance. Utilizing his training in cognitive behavioral therapy through my doctoral program, and interpersonal psychotherapy through my clinical practicum training, he developed a hybrid cognitive-behavioral-interpersonal therapy. This approach was adopted as the preferred form of treatment at The Associates in Psychology, a large psychological practice in Philadelphia. Following completion of my doctoral training, he was offered a full partnership in the practice. By that time, however, his primary interests lied in education and research.
At the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, he served as a member of the Clinical Competency Committee, which is responsible for overseeing and ensuring optimal clinical performance of medical fellows. Concurrently, he developed and now direct the Healthy Body Obesity Treatment Program, which serves the 3,000+ obese adolescents seen annually at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. He recruited and trained 13 volunteers to coordinate patient enrollment and deliver the intervention. Two months after its inception, this program has 34 enrollees and effectiveness data is being collected.


With obesity reaching pandemic proportions, much of my work has received international attention. I have been fortunate in having been able to present his work to >40 national and international audiences, and having his work published in a number of international journals (e.g., International Journal of Obesity). In addition, a psychological scale he developed (The Male Body Dissatisfaction Scale) has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, French and Turkish.
This international recognition led to invited opportunities to serve as a plenary session expert panel speaker at an international conference (Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior), serve as an external grant reviewer for the National Science Centre in Poland and the Chief Scientist Office Experimental & Translational Medicine Research Committee in Scotland, and participate in the Benjamin Franklin/Lafayette Seminar in Frejus, France, which takes place every three years and is limited to the 50 most influential obesity researchers of the day. He have also received invitations to join the editorial board of an international bioscience journal (Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology), as well as the International Journal of Nutrition. Currently, I am collaborating with parties in Portugal (Dr. Paulo Machado) and the Netherlands (Dr. Jan Apers) on grant proposals (serving as a co-investigator), as well as publishing recent work with Sr. colleagues in Switzerland (Drs. Nori Geary and Lori Asarian).
His recent work is the first to propose an explanation for the near universal failure of weight loss dieting. This work suggests that the majority of current weight loss efforts have very limited chance for long-term success and that an alternate approach is necessary for effective treatment of obesity. Specifically, my work presents neurobiological evidence that the restrictive nature of conventional weight loss diet interventions may be counterproductive in increasing the perceived reward value of unhealthy foods, making dietary failure nearly inevitable. He was contracted by the Association of American Medical Colleges to write a paragraph and questions about the neurobiological studies leading to this conclusion, which will be included on the MCAT 2015. This work suggests that weight loss interventions should focus on reducing reward expectancy rather than increasing inhibition. This line of investigation directly answers the NIH is call for new ways to conceptualize and treat obesity, and holds implications for all non-surgical and non-pharmacological weight loss interventions, which constitutes >90% of obesity treatment worldwide.
Since coming to Mount Sinai in October 2012, he have been quoted as an expert in >50 national and international media outlets, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. His most recent published research presents empirical evidence that the human body adopts an individual is highest sustained body weight and will then vehemently defend that weight with the very same biological mechanisms as it would to prevent death from starvation. This research explains why yo-yo dieting occurs, and why less than 1% of individuals are ever able to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight after being obese for an extended period of time. It was featured on NY1 and World News with Diane Sawyer late in 2013. While at Mount Sinai, I have also been appointed as a content expert for the Society for Behavioral Medicine, a member of the Public Affairs Committee for The Obesity Society, an advisory board member for the journal Obesity & Control and to the editorial board for four peer reviewed scientific journals.
Most recently, the Healthy Weight Program has received interest from the New York City Mayor is office, with which he is engaged in on-going talks in an effort to disseminate this program, and a full-page feature about this research is scheduled to appear in the NY Daily News Sunday edition on March 9, 2014. Finally, he have just been asked to head the composition of two editorial position papers regarding Most recently, the Healthy Weight Program has received interest from the New York City Mayor is office, with which he is engaged in on-going talks in an effort to disseminate this program, and a full-page feature about this research is scheduled to appear in the NY Daily News Sunday edition on March 9, 2014. Finally, he have just been asked to head the composition of two editorial position papers regarding


1. Ochner CN, Lowe MR. Self-Reported Changes in Dietary Calcium and Energy Intake Predict Weight Regain following a Weight Loss Diet in Obese Women. Journal of Nutrition. 2007; 137: 2324-2328.
2. Lowe M, Tappe K, Annunziato R, et al. The effect of training in reduced energy density eating and food self-monitoring accuracy on weight loss maintenance: A randomized controlled trial. Obesity. 2008; 16: 2016-2023. doi: 10.1038/oby.2008.270.
3. Ochner CN, Green D, van Steenburgh J, Kounios J, Lowe M. Asymmetric Prefrontal Cortex Activation in Relation to Markers of Overeating in Obese Humans. Appetite. 2009; 53: 44-49. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.04.220.
4. Lowe MR, Butryn ML, Didie ER, et al. The Power of Food Scale: A New Measure of the Psychological Influence of the Food Environment. Appetite. 2009; 53: 114-118. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.05.016.
5. Ochner CN, Gray JA, Brickner K. The development and initial validation of a new measure of male body dissatisfaction. Eating Behaviors. 2009; 10: 197-201. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2009.06.002.
6. Ochner CN, Puma L, Raevuori A, Teixeira J, Geliebter A. Effectiveness of a prebariatric surgeryinsurance-required weight loss regimen and relation to postsurgical weight loss. Obesity .2010; 18: 287-292. doi: 10.1038/oby.2009.230.
7. Lowe M, Tappe K, Butryn M, et al. An Intervention Study Targeting Nutritional Intake in Worksite Cafeterias. Eating Behaviors. 2010; 11: 144-151. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2010.01.002.
8. Ochner CN, Kwok Y, Conceio E, et al. Selective Reduction of Neural Responses to High Calorie Foods Following Gastric Bypass Surgery. Annals of Surgery. 2011; 253: 502-507. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e318203a289.
9. Isaacson RS, Safdieh J, Ochner CN. Effectiveness of Continuum as a teaching tool for medical students.Neurology. 2011; 76: 125-130. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318205d4fa.
10. Stice E, Rohde P, Gau JM, Ochner CN. Relation of Depression to Perceived Social Support: Results from a Randomized Depression Prevention Trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2011; 49: 361-366. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2011.02.009.
11. Ochner CN, Stice E, Hutchins E, et al. Relation between changes inneural responsivity and reductions in desire to eat high-calorie foods following gastric bypass surgery. Neuroscience. 2012; 209: 128-135. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.02.030.
12. Ochner CN, Laferrre B, Afifi L, Atalayer D, Geliebter A, Teixeira J. Neural Responsivity to Food Cues in Fasted and Fed States Pre and Post Gastric Bypass Surgery. Neuroscience Research. 2012; 74: 138-143. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2012.08.002.
13. Ochner CN, Jochner M, Caruso E, Teixeira J, Pi-Sunyer FX. Effect of preoperative body mass index on weight loss after obesity surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases 2013; 9: 423-427. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2012.12.009.
14. Geliebter A, Bernales-Korins M, Hernandez D, et al. Supermarket discounts of low-energy foods: Effects on purchasing, food intake, and body weight. Obesity. 2013; (21): E542-E548. doi: 10.1002/oby.20484.
15. Ochner CN, Texiera J, Geary N, Asarian L. Greater Short-Term Weight Loss in Women 20-45 versus 55-65 Years of Age Following Bariatric Surgery. Obesity Surgery. 2013; 23: 1650-1654. doi: 10.1007/s11695-013-0984-1.


1. Geliebter A, Ochner CN, Aviram R. Appetite-Related Gut Peptides in Obesity and Binge Eating Disorder. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2008; 2: 305-314. doi: 10.1177/1559827608317358.
2. Lowe MR, van Steenburgh J, Ochner CN, Coletta M. Neural correlates of individual differences related o appetite. Physiology and Behavior. 2009; 5: 561-571. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2009.04.001.
3. Gibson C, Carnell S, Ochner CN, Geliebter A. Neuroimaging, gut peptides and obesity: novel studies of the neurobiology of appetite. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. 2010; 22: 833-845. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2010.02025.x
4. Ochner CN, Gibson C, Shanik M, Goel V, Geliebter A. Changes in neurohormonal gut peptides following bariatric surgery. International Journal of Obesity. 2011; 35: 15366. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2010.132.
5. Carnell S, Gibson C, Benson L, Ochner CN, Geliebter A. Neuroimaging, appetite and obesity: current knowledge and future directions. Obesity Reviews. 2012; 13: 43-56. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00927.x.
6. Ochner CN, Dambkowski C, Yeomans B, Teixeira J, Pi-Sunyer FX. Pre bariatric weight loss requirements and the effect of preoperative weight loss on postoperative outcome. International Journal of Obesity .2012; 36: 1380-1387. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2012.60
7. Ochner CN, Barrios D, Lee C, Pi-Sunyer FX. Biological Mechanisms of Weight Regain following Weight Loss Diet in Obese Humans. Physiology & Behavior. 2013; 120: 106-113. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.07.009.

George F. Grant, PhD

World Organization of Natural Medicine
CEO and Founder of International Academy of Wellness (IAW)
1111 Finch Ave., West of Dufferin, Suite 405 M3J 2E5
North York, Ontario M3J 2E5, Canada

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Dr. George Grant, who is known as The Caring Doctor, is considered the Canadian authority in integrative medicine and a Global Wellness Ambassador. Dr. George Grant is a world-renowned researcher and expert in biofeedback, stress, anti aging and natural pain management.
He is the founder & CEO of the International Academy of Wellness (IAW).
Dr. Grant enjoys a stellar academic and a fascinating career in research. He is a scientist, professor, chemist, toxicologist, nutritionist, biofeedback, stress management and a pain specialist. Dr Grant worked as a Senior Consultant for Health Canada, FDA and CDC as well as in private practice.
He has published 10 papers related to microbial greening from his M.Sc. at the University of Sask., Food Sc. Department, 1985. He has worked as a consultant for the largest meat companies in Canada & USA to solve their microbial greening problems related to lactobacillus viridescens. He was very active at the CIFST & IFT and served as a treasurer.

His research interests include: Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Biofeedback, Pain and Stress management.

Dr. George Grant has helped 10 Fortune 500 companies, 10 non-profit organizations and 10 Olympic athletes along with 5000 clients worldwide. He has over 100 published articles, conference presentations, book reviews and 10 bestselling books.

List of Publications [100], Graduate thesis [3], International Conference Presentations [50], Books [7], transcripts [7], professional memberships [7] and excellent references are available on request.

Marianella Herrera, PhD

Assistant Professor and Researcher
CENDES (Center for Development Studies)
Central University of Venezuela
Av. Neverí, Edif. Fundavac
Piso 1 Colinas de Bello Monte
Caracas 1050, Venezuela

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Dr. Herrera is a Physician who graduated from Medical School at Central University of Venezuela (UCV). She completed her Doctorate (PhD) in Nutrition with emphasis in public policies in 2015 from Simón Bolívar University in Caracas. She is an Assistant Professor and Researcher at CENDES (Center for Development Studies) at UCV where she is conducting the line of research in Nutrition and Food Public Policies. She was a co-recipient of the Diabetes research award given by Fundación Seguros Caracas (Liberty Mutual Venezuela) in November 2010. She is and has been the Principal Investigator for several studies related to nutrition, obesity and the double burden of malnutrition. Professor Herrera has been publishing and lecturing nationally and internationally on the topic of the double burden of malnutrition. Her main research interest are social inequities, the double burden of malnutrition its relationships and consequences as well as design and conceptualization of adequate public actions for ameliorating this situation. She currently is the AODA (American Overseas Dietetic Association) Country Representative-Chair and the coordinator of the Venezuelan health Observatory.

Her research interests include: Non communicable diseases and its relation with socioeconomic inequities, Identification of future type 2 diabetes socioeconomic predictors in school age Venezuelan children, Household food insecurity measurement, Nutrition transition in developing countries and its relationship with the obesity/under nutrition paradox, Nutrition education interventions, Food and Nutrition Public policies with actions for prevention of non communicable diseases within welfare programs.


• Recipient of the Research Diabetes Award and Grant from Liberty Mutuals Foundation (“Fundación Seguros Caracas”) November 2010, Caracas - Venezuela for the project Identification of Risk Factors for Future Type 2 Diabetes in Venezuelan School age Children from Private and Public Schools
• Travel Scholar Award as Health Educator from the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society (DOHAD). September 2011
• Co-Recipient of the 2010 American Overseas Dietetic Association Service Award, November, 2010 Boston, USA
• 1st Prize Award at Poster Presentation of Energy expenditure in Venezuelan affluent pregnant women at the Venezuelan Obesity Congress (“Congreso Venezolano de Obesología”), March 2009

1. Herrera M. American Dietetic Association Nutrition Care Process: Useful tool for Nutritional Examination, Diagnosis, Intervention and Evaluation in Countries in Nutrition Transition. An Venez Nutr. 2010; 23(2): 108-120.
2. Herrera M. Evaluation of food stores and markets working in alliance with subsidized food programs. A systematic review. An Venez Nutr. 2011; 24(2): 86-91.
3. Herrera M, Velásquez J, Rodríguez G, Berrisbeitia M, Abreu N. Obesity in School-age Venezuelan Children and risk factors for prevention of type 2 diabetes. An Venez Nutr. 2013; 26(2): 95-105.
4. Landaeta-Jiménez M, Aliaga C, Sifontes Y, et al. El Derecho a la Alimentación en Venezuela. An Ven Nut. 2012; 25 (2): 73-84.
5. Landaeta-Jiménez M, Aliaga C, Sifontes Y, et al. Energy reference values for the Venezuelan population. Arch Lat Nut. 2013; 63(4): 258-277.
6. Meyer J, Herrera M. Global Health Strategies in the workplace. Locate appropriate programs, a key factor for success. An Ven Nut. 2013; 26 (1): 23-25.
7. López Blanco M, Landaeta-Jiménez M, Herrera Cuenca M. The double Burden of Under Nutrition and Obesity in Venezuela. 2014.
8. Herrera Cuenca M. Early Health and Long-Term Short. Second Venezuelan Nutrition Consensus Pediatric . Caracas, Venezuela. 9-28.
9. Herrera M. The Double Burden of Malnutrition: The obesity/Under nutrition Paradox, Non Communicable Diseases and the Challenge of Early Prevention Public Policies. Jour Diab Met Dis & Con. 2014; 1(1): 00002.
10. Herrera M, Castro J, Mangia K, Correa MA. Are Social Inequities the reason for the Increase in Chronic Non Communicable Diseases? A Systematic Review. J Diabetes Metab Disord Control. (3): 00017.
11. Herrera M. Trends in the treatment of Childhood Obesity: Pharmacologic vs Lifestyle or early prevention. 2014.
12. López-Blanco M, Machado L, López A, Herrera Cuenca M. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in Venezuela). In: Macías-Tomei C, ed. Nutrition. 2014.
13. Herrera Cuenca M. Food questionnaires and Dietary recalls: the challenges of assessing food consumption to identify poor nutrition in a changing world. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(2): 58-61.
14. Herrera Cuenca M. Obesity: A New trend for reporting deaths. J Diabetes Metab Disord Control. 2015; 2(1): 00030.
15. Herrera-Cuenca M. From epigenetics to public policy: a new perspective for early action. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(5): e16-e18. doi: 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-1-e006

Patricia Williamson, PhD

Senior Nutrition Scientist
Innovation and Commercial Development
Tate and Lyle
5450 Prairie Stone Parkway
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192, USA

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Dr. Patricia Williamson has completed her Ph.D in Nutritional Biochemistry in the year 2000. Soon after her Ph.D she joined the University of Missouri as Post- Doctoral Researcher. In the later 2001 she switched to Oregon National Primate Research Center, OHSU as Post- Doctoral Researcher. She moved to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in the year 2004 and served as a Nutrition Scientist until 2011. Currently she is working as a Senior Nutrition Scientist in Tate & Lyle, IL, USA.

Her research interest includes the investigation of gastrointestinal tolerance and effects of food ingredients.

Honors and Activities

• Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Central Methodist University (2010)
• Advisory Board for the Iowa State Nutrition and Wellness Research Center: Industry member (2006-2007)
• Soyfoods Association of North America (2008-2010): Technical Committee Advisor
• Soy Nutrition Institute (SNI): ADM Representative (2004-2011); President (2007-2009)
• ADM Womens Imitative Network (WIN): Member (2005-2011); Chair of After-Hours Programs (2007-2008); Member of Steering Committee and Chair of Career Development and Leadership Committee (2008-20011)
• The Endocrine Society: Member (2002- present)
• Society for Neuroscience: Member (2002-present)
• American Society for Nutrition (ASN): Member (1997-Present); Advisory Board member 2008-2009 for the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Nutrition Translation Research Interest Section (RIS)
• Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB): Member (2009 - Present)
• National Spelelogical Society, Inc. (NSS): Member (1999-present)

1. Timm DA, Boileau TW, Williamson-Hughes PS, Slavin JL. Polydextrose and soluble corn fiber increase five-day fecal wet weight in healthy men and women. J Nutr. 2013; 143(4): 473-478. doi: 10.3945/jn.112.170118.
2. Sun SZ, Flickinger BD, Williamson-Hughes PS, Empie MW. Fructose and Non-fructose Sugar Intakes of Individuals and Their Relation to Measurements of Metabolic Syndrome in the US Population. Food and ChemTox. 2011; 49: 2875-2882. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2011.07.068
3. Sun SZ, Flickinger BD, Williamson-Hughes PS, ad Empie MW. Lack of association between dietary fructose and hyperuricemia risk in adults. Nutrition and Metabolism . 1: 7-16. doi: 10.1186/1743-7075-7-16
4. Korgaonkar C, Schweizer M, Chengelis C, et al. A Thirteen-Week Dietary Toxicity Study in Rats of a Napin-Rich Canola Protein Isolate. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. 2010; 55: 394-402.
5. Williamson-Hughes PS, Flickinger BD, Messina MJ, Empie MW. Isoflavone Supplements Containing Predominantly Genistein Reduce Hot Flash Symptoms: A Critical Review of Published Studies. Menopause. 2006; 13(5).
6. Williamson-Hughes PS, Grove KL, Smith MS. Melanin concentrating hormone (MCH): A novel neural pathway for regulation of GnRH neurons. Brain Research. 2005; 1041: 117-124.
7. Williamson PS, Browning JD, MacDonald RS. Megestrol acetate increases short-term food intake in zinc-deficient rats. Physiology and Behavior. 2002; 75(3): 323-330.
8. Williamson PS, Browning JD, Sullivan MJ, Dell BLO, MacDonald RS. Neuropeptide Y fails to normalize food intake in zinc-deficient rats. NutrNeurosci. 2002; 5(1): 19-25.

Mandar Ranchhod Patel, PhD

R&D Senior Scientist
PepsiCo Inc.
617 W. Main Street
Barrington, IL 60010, USA

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• Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD): Food Science, August 2012, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  Specialization: Food Processing (Continuous Microwave Heating and Encapsulation)
• Master of Science: Food Science, August 2008, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
  Specialization: Food Safety
• Bachelor of Technology (First Class): Food Technology & Engineering, May 2006, Institute of Chemical Technology (erstwhile UDCT, University of Mumbai), Mumbai, India

Industry Experience

• PepsiCo, Inc., Barrington, IL: R&D Senior Scientist (July 2012 – present). Development of ready to eat cereal (breakfast cereal) products for Quaker Oats division and lead all R&D efforts towards their commercialization.
• Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, MI: Intern – Core Technology and Cost Optimization (Jan – June 2012). Evaluation of different cost saving opportunities by reformulating existing food products without compromising quality and nutritional benefits.
• Mead Johnson Nutrition, Evansville, IN: Intern – North America Product Development (May - Aug 2010). Formulation development for infant formula and beverage for toddlers.
• The Coca-Cola Company, Nasik, India: Intern (May - June 2005). Hands-on work experience in quality control and effluent treatment plant in Coca Cola’s bottling plant.
• Mafco Ltd. (Govt. of Maharashtra State Enterprise), Pune, India: Intern (May - June 2004). Experience involved processing and quality control of fruit and vegetable products.

His research interests are in food science but specifically food processing and food chemistry. Some other areas of interests also include nutrition, ingredients and their functionality.


• Breakthrough Process/Product Award: in a biennial product development competition within Kellogg Company called Moonlighting, March 2012
• Spot Award for “supporting North America Product Development projects”, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Summer 2010
• IFTSA College Bowl Competition Midwest Area Champions 2009 - Purdue University Team Member
• First Prize in oral presentation at 72nd Annual Meeting of Mississippi Academy of Science, Olive Branch, MS, February 20-22, 2008
• Best Committee Member (2004-05) of the Mumbai University Hostels serving as a Hygiene Secretary

Professional Memberships

• Phi Tau Sigma Food Science Honor Society. President: Indiana Chapter (2010-2011)
• Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (oldest and largest honor society in the United States)
• Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

1. Patel MR, San Martin-Gonzalez MF. Characterization of ergocalciferol loaded solid lipid nanoparticles. Journal of Food Science. 2012; 77(1): N8-N13.doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2011.02517.x. <
2. Zheljazkov VD, Silva JL, Patel MR, et al. Human hair as a nutrient source for horticultural crops. HortTechnology. 2008; 18(4): 592-596.

Marc Pignitter, PhD

Departments of Nutritional and Physiological Chemistry
University of Vienna
Althanstrasse 14 2B524
1090 Vienna, Austria

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Dr. Marc Pignitter received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Graz in Austria in 2008. He was a visiting research fellow at the Free Radical Research Center at the Department of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, USA. Then, he switched to the biopharmaceutical industry as a junior manager at Baxter Bioscience in Austria. Currently, he works as a research assistant at the Department of Nutritional and Physiological Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria.

His research interests focus on: impact of food processing on bioavailability and bioactivity of food compounds, isolation and chemical characterization of food compounds, identification of the metabolic fate of biomolecules, lipid chemistry, food chemistry, analytical chemistry, pharmacokinetics of food constituents

Scientific Contributions:

• Peer review activity for the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
• Member of the Austrian Chemical Society and the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry
• Member of the German Society of Fat Science

1. Pignitter M, Stolze K, Gartner S, et al. Cold fluorescent light as major inducer of lipid oxidation in soybean oil stored at household conditions for eight weeks. J Agric Food Chem. 2014; 62(10): 2297-2305. doi: 10.1021/jf405736j.
2. Walker J, Schueller K, Schaefer L, Pignitter M, Esefelder L, Somoza V. Resveratrol and its metabolites inhibit pro-inflammatory effects of lipopolysaccharides in U-937 macrophages in plasma-representative concentrations. Food Funct. 2014; 5: 74-84. doi: 10.1039/c3fo60236b.
3. Gualdoni GA, Kovarik JJ, Hofer J, et al. Resveratrol enhances TNF-alpha production in human monocytes upon bacterial stimulation. BBA-Gen Subjects. 2014; 1840: 95-105. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2013.09.009
4. Rohm B, Holik AK, Somoza MM, et al. Nonivamide, a capsaicin analog, increases dopamine and serotonin release in SH-SY5Y cells via a TRPV1-independent pathway. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2013; 57(11): 2008-2018.
5. Ehrnhöfer-Ressler MM, Fricke K, Pignitter M, et al. Identification of 1,8-Cineole, Borneol, Camphor, and Thujone as Anti-inflammatory Compounds in a Salvia officinalis L. Infusion Using Human Gingival Fibroblasts. J Agric Food Chem. 2013; 61: 3451-3459.doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201200846.
6. Pignitter M, Somoza V. Critical Evaluation of Methods for the Measurement of Oxidative Rancidity in Vegetable Oils. J Food Drug Anal. 2012; 20(4): 772-777.
7. Pignitter M, Somoza V. Are Vegetable Oils Always a Reliable Source of Vitamin A? Sight and Life. 2012; 26(1): 18-27.
8. Riedel A, Pignitter M, Hochkogler CM, et al. Caffeine dose-dependently induces thermogenesis but restores ATP in HepG2 cells in culture. Food Funct. 2012; 3(9): 955-964.doi: 10.1039/c2fo30053b.
9. Walker J, Hell J, Liszt KI, et al. Identification of beer bitter acids regulating mechanisms of gastric acid secretion. J Agric Food Chem. 2012; 60(6): 1405-1412.doi: 10.1021/jf204306z.
10. Hauder J, Winkler S, Bub A, Rüfer CE, Pignitter M, Somoza V. LC-MS/MS quantification of sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol metabolites in human plasma and urine after dietary intake of selenium-fortified broccoli. J Agric Food Chem. 2011; 59(15): 8047-8057.doi: 10.1021/jf201501x.
11. Pignitter M, Gorren AC, Nedeianu S, Schmidt K, Mayer B. Inefficient spin trapping of superoxide in the presence of nitric-oxide: implications for studies on nitric-oxide synthase uncoupling. Free Radic Biol Med. 2006; 41(3): 455-463.
12. Pignitter M, Somoza V. Impact of dietary oxidized lipids on energy metabolism. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(4): 76-81.doi: 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-1-113

Ahmed Kablan, PharmD, PhD

AAAS Science Technology and Policy Fellow
International Nutrition and Public Health Adviser
Agriculture Research and Policy/Bureau of Food Security
U.S Agency for International Development
Washington, DC 20011, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Kablan is an AAAS Science Policy and Technology Fellow, and serves as International Public Health and Nutrition Advisor at the Bureau of Food Security/Agriculture Research Policy-USAID. Dr. Kablan is a Pharmacologist with a biotechnology and drug discovery background. He has over 12 years of postdoctoral research, teaching and science policy and regulatory experience. Dr. Kablan research focused on metabolic syndrome, malnutrition and the health consequences of obesity and overweight. He is a member of the USAID nutrition technical working group that is tasked with writing the USAID Nutrition Strategy, is a member of the working group that is writing USAID research policy, helped in drafting the Feed the Future nutrition action paper, and provided a topline and in depth summary of the 2013 lancet series on maternal and child nutrition and health. Dr. Kablan is the activity manager for the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab and the Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Labs for Africa and Asia.
Dr. Kablan earned his PhD in Biotechnology & Pharmacology from the University of Bologna, Italy, and his PharmD from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan. After his PhD, Dr. Kablan moved back to Jordan where he was a junior faculty member at the University of Jordan’s Faculty of Pharmacy, and served as SME on biosimilar drug safety, rules and regulations for the Jordanian FDA. As a consultant for the Jordanian Royal Scientific Association (JRSA), he wrote in vivo toxicity and efficacy research protocols, and helped the JRSA establish their first animal research facility .

His research interests include: Metabolic Syndrome, Malnutrition, Double Burden of Malnutrition, Nutrition Policy enabling environment, Type 2 Diabetes, Central control of glucose homeostasis, Glucose sensing Neurons, Maternal and child nutrition and health.

Selected Oral Presentations:

• Workshop on: Rare Syndromic Body Fat Disorders: What can They Teach us? NIH, 2012
• The Pathogenesis of Diabetes Keystone Meeting, Santa Fe, NM-2012
• Endocrine Society Meeting 2011 Boston, MA
• NIDDK fellow’s retreat, NIH - 2011
• Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Jordan Science day, Amman, Jordan, March,2005
• The First Pharmacist Scientific Day, Military Health Services, Amman, Jordan, Dec.2004
• Annual Meeting of the Italian Schools of Biotechnology, 2001 and 2002


• Workshop on: Rare Syndromic Body Fat Disorders: What can They Teach us? NIH–2012
• The Pathogenesis of Diabetes Keystone Meeting, Santa Fe, NM-2012
• Mid-Atlantic Diabetes Meeting. NIH 2011
• NIDDK Fellows retreat, Cambridge, MD-2010
• NIH–Maintenance, turnover and regulation of fat depot, 5/08, Poster session (Present done poster: Prieurianin: A Novel Anor exigenic and Anti-Adipogenic Drug for Obesity Treatment, and participated in 5posters) NIH-Bethesda, MD

Selected Publications

Note: Previously published under QasemAR and QasemA

1. Kablan A, Saunders RS, Szkudlarek M, et al. Prieurianin Causes Weight Loss in Diet-­‐Induced Obese Mice and Inhibits Adipogenesis in Cultured Preadipocytes. J Diab and Metab. 2010;
2. Weinstein LS, Xie T, QasemA, Wang J and Chen M. The role of GNAS and other imprinted genesin the development of obesity. Int. J Obes. 2010; 34(1): 6-17. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2009.222.
3. Qasem AR, Bucolo C, Baiula M, et al. Contribution of alpha4beta1 Integrin to the Anti allergic Effect of Levocabastine. Biochem Pharmacol. 2008; 76(6): 751-762. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2008.07.007.

Julio Boza Puerta, PhD

Senior Vice President
Research and Development
Borden Dairy Company
8750 N. Central Expressway, Suite #400
Dallas, TX 75231, USA

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Julio Boza is SVP, R&D, at Borden Dairy Company based in Dallas since September 2013. Formerly, he worked for the Coca-Cola Company as Director of Health and Nutrition at the Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Department in Atlanta. He joined the company as Group Nutrition Director within the SRA Department at Coca-Cola Europe based in Brussels on July 2008. In April 2010, he moved to Atlanta as Nutrition Research Director in the Global R&D Department.
He joined The Coca-Cola Company from Puleva Biotech in Spain, where as Managing Vice-Director he was responsible for designing and investing in a research strategy and developing fortified and functional dairy products (2000-2008). Prior to that, he worked at the Nestle Research Center in Lausanne (Switzerland) from 1996 to 2000 in infant and clinical nutrition research projects. He made two postdoctoral research trainings in the UK (Institute of Food Research, Norwich) and USA (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston).
Julio Boza holds a MSc in Pharmacy and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Granada in Spain. He has been Member of the ILSI Europe Board of Directors (2009-2011), Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Nutrition Society (2003-2008) and, since 2000, he is Visiting Professor at the University of Granada.

His research interests include: Infant Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Functional Foods, Metabolism (Proteins, Lipids, Carbohydrates, Minerals and Vitamins), Dairy Foods, New Ingredients for Functional Foods, Nutrition and health claims

• Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Society of Nutrition. 2003-2008
• Visiting Professor. Food Science and Technology. Univ Granada. Since 2000
• Visiting Professor. Nutrition and Functional Foods. Univ Balearic islands. Since 2012.
• ILSI Europe (Functional Food Task Force Member): 2002-2005.
• ILSI Europe (Addition of Nutrients Task Force Member): 2008-2010.
• ILSI Europe (Dietary Carbohydrate Task Force Member): 2008-2010.
• ILSI Europe Member of the Board of Directors: 2009-2011.
• ILSI NA (Carbohydrates Committee): since 2011.
• ILSI NA (Polyphenols Committee): since 2011.
• Director of 3 PhD Thesis.

International Publications

1. Ramírez M, Hortelano P, Boza J Jr, Jiménez J, Gil A, Pita ML. Effect of Dietary Nucleotides and Orotate on the Blood Levels of Prostacyclin (PGI2) and Thromboxane (TXA2) in the Weanling Rat. Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Acids. 1991; 43: 49-54.
2. Jiménez J, Boza J Jr, Suárez MD, Gil A. Changes in Fatty Acid Profiles of Red Blood Cell Membranes Mediated by Dietary Nucleotides in Weanling Rats. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 1992; 14: 293-299.
3. Boza J, Jiménez J, Faus MJ, Gil A. Influences of Postnatal Age and Dietary Nucleotides on Plasma Fatty Acids in the Weanling Rat. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 1992; 16: 322-326.
4. Ayudarte MV, Nuñez MC, Boza J Jr, Jiménez J, Gil A, Suarez MD. Changes in liver microsome lipids and plasma fatty acids induced by dietary orotate in the weanling rat. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. 1992; 103B: 65-69.
5. Boza JJ, Jiménez J, Martínez O, Suárez MD, Gil A. Nutritional value and antigenicity of two milk protein hydrolysates. Journal of Nutrition. 1994; 124: 1978-1986.
6. Boza JJ, MartínezAugustin O, Baró L, Suárez MD, Gil A. Protein versus enzymatic protein hydrolysates. Nitrogen utilization in starved rats. British Journal of Nutrition. 1995; 73: 65-71.
7. Boza JJ, MartínezAugustin O, Baró L, Suárez MD, Gil A. Influence of casein and casein hydrolysate diets on the nutritional recovery of starved rats. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 1995; 19: 216-221.
8. Boza JJ, MartínezAugustin O, Gil A. Nutritional and antigenic characterization of an enzymatic whey protein hydrolysate. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 1995; 43: 872-875.
9. MartinezAugustin O, Boza JJ, Romera JM, Gil A. A rapid gasliquid chromatography method for the determination of lactulose and mannitol in urine. Clinical application in studies of intestinal permeability. Clinical Biochemistry. 1995; 28: 401-405.
10. Baró L, Guadix E, MartínezAugustin O, Boza JJ, Gil A. Serum amino acid concentrations in growing rats fed intact protein versus enzymatic protein hydrolysate based diets. Biology of the Neonate. 1995; 68: 55-61.
11. Boza JJ, Fox TE, Eagles J, Wilson PDG, FairweatherTait SJ. A comparison of labeling techniques in yeast: Studies on Fe, Zn, Cu and Se retention in rats. Journal of Nutrition. 1995; 125: 1611-1616.
12. Boza JJ, Jiménez J, Baró L, MartínezAugustin O, Suárez MD, Gil A. Effects of native and hydrolysed whey protein on intestinal repair of malnourished rats at weaning. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 1996; 22: 186-193.
13. Boza JJ, Jahoor F, Reeds PJ. Ribonucleic acid nucleotides in maternal and fetal tissues derive almost exclusively from synthesis de novo in pregnant mice. Journal of Nutrition. 1996; 126: 1749-1758.
14. Jiménez J, Boza JJ, Suárez MD, Gil A. The effect of formula supplemented with n3 and n6 longchain polyunsaturated fatty acids on plasma phospholipids, liver microsomal, retinal, and brain fatty acid composition in neonatal piglets. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 1997; 8: 217-223.
15. MartínezAugustin O, Boza JJ, Del Pino JI, Lucena J, MartínezValverde A, Gil A. Dietary nucleotides might influence the humoral response against cow milk proteins in preterm neonates. Biology of the Neonate . 1997; 71: 215-223.
16. MartínezAugustin O, Boza JJ, Navarro J, MartínezValverde A, Araya M, Gil A. Dietary nucleotides may influence the humoral immunity in immunocompromised children. Nutrition. 1997; 13: 465-469.
17. Reeds PJ, Berthold HK, Boza JJ, et al. Integration of amino acid and carbon intermediary metabolismStudies with uniformly labeled tracers and mass isotopomer analysis. European Journal of Pediatrics 1997; 156: S50-S58.
18. Boza J. Nucleotides in infant nutrition. Monatsschr Kinderheilkd. 1998; 146: S39-S48.
19. Sanz Sampelayo MR, Pérez ML, GilExtremera F, Boza JJ, Boza J. Use of different dietary protein sources for lactating goats: milk production and composition as functions of protein degradability and amino acid composition. Journal of Dairy Science. 1999; 82: 555-565.
20. Boza JJ, Moënnoz D, Vuichoud J, et al. Food Restriction and Refeeding Influence Growth, Nutrient Retention and Functional Recovery of Rats. Journal of Nutrition. 1999; 129: 1340-1346.
21. Boza JJ, Moënnoz D, Bournot CE, et al. Role of glutamine on the de novo purine nucleotide synthesis in Caco 2 cells. European Journal of Nutrition. 2000; 39 : 38-46.
22. Boza JJ, Moënnoz D, Jarret A, et al. Neither glutamine nor arginine supplementation of diets increase glutamine body stores in healthy growing rats. Clinical Nutrition. 2000; 19 : 319-325
23. Boza JJ, Maire JC, Bovetto L, Ballèvre O. Plasma glutamine response to enteral administration of glutamine in human volunteers (free glutamine vs. proteinbound glutamine). Nutrition. 2000; 16: 1037-1042.
24. Grimble GK, Malik S, Boza JJ. Methods for measuring tissue RNA turnover. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 2000; 3: 399-408.
25. Boza JJ, Moënnoz D, Vuichoud J, Jarret AR, GaudarddeWeck D, Ballèvre O. Commercial peptidebased vs amino acidbased diets on the nutritional recovery of the starved rat. European Journal of Nutrition. 2000; 39: 237-243.
26. Boza JJ, Turini M, Moënnoz D, et al. Effect of glutamine supplementation of the diet on tissue protein synthesis rate of glucocorticoidtreated rats. Nutrition. 2001; 17: 35-40.
27. Montigon F, Boza JJ, Fay LB. Determination of 13C and 15Nenrichment of glutamine by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry after N(O,S)ethoxycarbonyl ethyl ester derivatisation. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 2001; 15: 116-123.
28. Boza JJ, Dangin M, Moënnoz D, et al. Free and proteinbound glutamine have identical splanchnic extraction in healthy human volunteers. American Journal of Physiology. 2001; 281: G267-G274.
29. Krzywkowski K, Petersen EW, Ostrowski K, et al. Effect of glutamine and protein supplementation on exerciseinduced decreases in salivary IgA. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2001; 91: 832-838.
30. Krzywkowski K, Petersen EW, Ostrowski K, Kristensen JH, Boza J, Pedersen BK. Effect of glutamine supplementation on exerciseinduced changes in lymphocyte function. American Journal of Physiology. 2001; 281: C1259-C1265.
31. Boza JJ, Martínez Augustin O. Role and Function of Nucleotides in Infant Nutrition. In: Räihä NCR and Rubaltelli FF eds. Infant Formula: Closer to the Reference. Nestlé Nutrition Workshop Series. Pediatric Prgram. Vol. 47. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia. 2002; p. 165-184.
32. Faure M, Moennoz D, Montigon F, et al. Development of a rapid and convenient method to purify mucins and determine their in vivo synthesis rate in rats. Analytical Biochemistry. 2002; 307: 244-250.
33. Baró L, Fonollá J, Peña JL, et al. n3 fatty acids plus oleic acid and vitamin supplemented milk consumption reduces total and LDL cholesterol, homocysteine and levels of endothelial adhesion molecules in healthy humans. Clinical Nutrition. 2003 ; 22: 175-182.
34. Hiscock NJ, Petersen EW, Krzywkowski K, Boza J, HalkjaerKristensen J, Pedersen BK. Glutamine supplementation further enhances exerciseinduced plasma IL6. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2003; 95: 145-148.
35. Faure M, Moënnoz D, Montigon F, et al. The mucin production and composition is impaired in dextran sulfate sodiuminduced colitis in rats. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2003; 48: 1366-1373.
36. Turini ME, Boza JJ, Gueissaz N, et al. Shortterm dietary conjugated linoleic acid supplementation does not enhance the recovery of immunodepleted examethasonetreated rats. European Journal of Nutrition. 2003; . 42: 171-179.
37. Faure M, Moënnoz D, Montigon F, et al. Chronic colitis developed by HLAB27 transgenic rats is associated with altered in vivo mucin synthesis. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2004; 49: 339-346.
38. Baró L, MartínezFérez A, Rodríguez C, et al. The administration of a multivitaminmineral fortified dairy product improves folate status and reduces plasma homocysteine concentration in women of reproductive age. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. 2004; 74: 234-240.
39. Carrero JJ , Baró L, Fonollá J, et al. Cardiovascular effects of milk enriched with n3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, oleic acid folic acid and vitamins E, B6 and B12 in volunteers with mild hyperlipidaemia. Nutrition. 2004; 20: 521-527.
40. LaraVilloslada F, Olivares M, Jimenez J, Boza J, Xaus J. Goat Milk is Less Immunogenic than Cow Milk in a Murine Model of Atopy. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2004; 39: 354-360.
41. Martin R, Langa S, Reviriego C, et al. The commensal microflora of human milk: new perspectives for food bacteriotherapy and probiotics. Trends in Food Science and Technology. 2004; 15: 121-127.
42. Luzón B, Schäfer S, Jiménez J, et al. Dietary Fatty Acids and Brain Mechanism of Action throughout the Lifespan. Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research. 2004; 11: 149-160.
43. Sierra S, LaraVilloslada F, Olivares M, Jimenez J, Boza J, Xaus J. Increased immune response in mice consuming rice bran oil. European Journal of Nutrition. 2005; 44: 509-516.
44. MartínezFerez A, Rudloff S, Guadix A, et al. Goats milk as a natural source of lactosederived oligosaccharides: Isolation by membrane technology. International Dairy Journal. 2006; 16: 173-181.
45. LaraVilloslada F, Debras E, Nieto A, et al. Oligosaccharides and growth factors isolated from goat milk reduce intestinal inflammation in a rat model of DSSinduced colitis. Clinical Nutrition. 2006; 25: 477-488.
46. LopezHuertas E, Teucher B, Boza JJ, et al. Absorption of calcium from milks enriched with fructooligosaccharides, caseinphosphopeptides, tricalcium phosphate, and milk solids. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2006; 83: 310-316.
47. Daddaoua A, Puerta V, Requena P, et al. Goat milk oligosaccharides are antiinflammatory in rats with hapteninduced colitis. Journal of Nutrition. 2006; 136: 672-676.
48. Geerlings A, Villar I, HidalgoZarco F, et al. Identification and Characterization of Novel AngiotensinConverting Enzyme Inhibitors Obtained from Goat Milk. Journal of Dairy Science. 2006; 89: 3326-3335.
49. Carrero JJ, Fonolla J, Marti JL, Jimenez J, Boza JJ, LopezHuertas E. Intake of fish oil, oleic Acid, folic Acid, and vitamins B6 and e for 1 year decreases plasma Creactive protein and reduces coronary heart disease risk factors in male patients in a cardiac rehabilitation program. Journal of Nutrition. 2007; 137: 384-390.
50. LaraVilloslada F, Olivares M, Sierra S, Rodríguez JM, Boza J, Xaus J. Beneficial effects of probiotic bacteria isolated from breast milk. British Journal of Nutrition. 2007; 98(Suppl 1): S96-S100.
51. MartinezCanavate A, LaraVilloslada F, Sierra S, et al. A probiotic dairy product containing L. gasseri CECT574 and L. coryniformis CECT5711 induces immunological changes in children suffering from allergy. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. 2009; 20: 592-600. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3038.2008.00833.x.
52. Fonollá J, LópezHuertas E, Machado FJ, et al. Milk enriched with healthy fatty acids improves cardiovascular risk markers and nutritional status in human volunteers. Nutrition. 2009; 25: 408-414. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2008.10.008.
53. Cepero M , Rojas FJ, Geerlings A, De la Cruz JC, Romero S, Boza JJ. Effects of a carbohydrate and carbohydrate and casein protein beverages on recovery and performance of endurance cycling capacity. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 2009; 4: 161-172.
54. Romeo J, DiazRopero MP, Warnberg J, et al-. Daily consumption of milk enriched with fish oil, oleic acid, minerals and vitamins reduces cell adhesion molecules in healthy children. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. 2011; 21: 113-120. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2009.08.023.
55. Maldonado J, LaraVilloslada F, Sierra S, et al. Safety and tolerance of the human milk probiotic strain Lactobacillus salivarius CECT5713 in six months old children. Nutrition. 2010; 1112; 108-127.
56. Sierra S, LaraVilloslada F, Sempere L, Olivares M, Boza J, Xaus J. Intestinal and immunological effects of daily oral administration of Lactobacillus salivarius CECT5713 to healthy adults. Anaerobe. 2010; 16: 195-200. doi: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2010.02.001.
57. Casgrain A, Collings R, Harvey LJ, Boza JJ, FairweatherTait SJ. Micronutrient bioavailability research priorities. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010; 91: 1423S-1429S
58. Vallejo F, Larrosa M, Escudero E, et al. Concentration and solubility of flavanones in orange beverages affect their bioavailability in humans. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chem. 2010; 58: 651-624. doi: 10.1021/jf100752j.
59. Cepero M, Padial R, Rojas FJ, Geerlings A, De la Cruz JC, and Boza JJ. Influence of ingesting casein protein and whey protein carbohydrate beverages on recovery and performance of an endurance cycling test. . J. Hum. Sport Exerc. 2010; 5: 158-175.

Zheng Li, PhD

Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Zheng Li received his Ph.D degree in Food Science major from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida. His dissertation project focused on design, preparation, and characterization of nanoparticles as delivery systems for bioactive phenolic phytochemicals. Dr. Li also holds Master degree in Food Biotechnology from the College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering at the China Agricultural University with research expertise on phenolic compound analysis in grapes and wines. Currently, Dr. Li works as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida. He has already published 13 peer-reviewed articles with 8 first-authored. He also currently serve as a peer-referee for a number of food science related journals, including Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Food Hydrocolloids, etc.

His research interests include: Phenolic phytochemistry and nanoparticle delivery system, including but not limited to food science, nutritional sciences, and biopolymer science. In particular, my research is concentrated on three fields: 1) identification and quantification of phenolic phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables and their antioxidant capacity measurements, 2) generally recognized as safe (GRAS) nanoparticles as delivery system for phenolic phytochemical to enhance their absorption and bioavailability, and 3) absorption, metabolism, and bioactivity of phenolic phytochemicals in human body.

Professional Presentations

• Poster presentation “Fabrication of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) ovalbumin-dextran conjugate nanoparticles and their transport across monolayers of human epithelial Caco-2 cells” at Experimental Biology meeting, San Diego, CA, 2014.
• Poster presentation “Fabrication of coated bovine serum albumin (BSA)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) nanoparticles” at Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2012.
• Poster presentation “Effect of mass ratio, temperature, pH, and reaction time on fabrication of partially purified pomegranate ellagitannin-gelatin nanoparticles” at Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2011.
• Poster presentation “Abscisic acid affects yield, antioxidant capacity, and phytochemical content of lettuces grown in a green house” at Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting, Chicago, IL, 2010.


• Professional member, National and Florida Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), 2010 – Present
• Professional member, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2012 – Present

Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Li Z, Gu L. Fabrication of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) ovalbumin-dextran conjugate nanoparticles and their transport across monolayers of human epithelial Caco-2 cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2014; 62: 1301-1309. doi: 10. 1021/jf404621f.
2. Buran TJ, Sandhu AK, Li Z, Rock CR, Yang W, Gu L. Adsorption/desorption characteristics and separation of anthocyanins and polyphenols from blueberries using macroporous adsorbent resins. Journal of Food Engineering. 2014; 128: 167-173. doi: 10. 1016/j. jfoodeng. 2013. 12. 029
3. Zou T, Percival SS, Cheng Q, Li Z, Rowe C, Gu L. Preparation, characterization, and induction of cell apoptosis of cocoa procyanidins-gelatin-chitosan nanoparticles. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 2012; 82: 36-42. doi: 10. 1016/j. ejpb. 2012. 05. 006.
4. Zou T, Li Z, Percival SS, Bonard S, Gu L. Fabrication, characterization, and cytotoxicity evaluation of cranberry procyanidins (CPs)-zein nanoparticles. Food Hydrocolloids. 2012; 27: 293-300. doi: 10. 1016/j. foodhyd. 2011. 10. 002
5. Li Z, Gu L. Effect of mass ratio, pH, temperature, and reaction time on partially purified pomegranate ellagitannin (PPE)-gelatin nanoparticles fabrication. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2011; 59: 4225-4231. doi: 10. 1021/jf200024d.
6. Li Z, Percival SS, Bonard S, Gu L. Fabrication of nanoparticles using partially purified pomegranate ellagitannin and gelatin and their apoptotic effect. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 2011; 55: 1096-1103. doi: 10. 1002/mnfr. 201000528.
7. Li Z, Pan Q, Jin Z, Mu L, Duan C. Comparison on phenolic compounds in Vitis vinifera cv. Cabernet Sauvignon wines from five wine-growing regions in China. Food Chemistry. 2011; 125: 77-83. doi: 10. 1016/j. foodchem. 2010. 08. 039
8. Li Z, Zhao X, Sandhu A, Gu L. Effects of exogenous abscisic acid on yield, antioxidant capacities, and phytochemical contents of greenhouse grown lettuces. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2010; 58: 6503-6509. doi: 10. 1021/jf1006962.
9. Li Z, Pan Q, Cui X, Duan C. Optimization of anthocyanins extraction from wine grape skins using orthogonal test design. Food Science and Biotechnology. 2010; 19: 1047-1053. doi: 10. 1007/s10068-010-0147-2.
10. Huang Y, Luo Y, Zhai Z, et al. Characterization and application of an anti-Listeria bacteriocin produced by Pediococcus pentosaceus 05-10 isolated from Sichuan Pickle, a traditionally fermented vegetable product from China. Food Control. 2009; 20: 1030-1035. doi: 10. 1016/j. foodcont. 2008. 12. 008.
11. Li Z, Pan Q, Jin Z, He J, Liang N, Duan C. Evolution of 49 phenolic compounds in shortly-aged red wines made from Cabernet Gernischt (Vitis vinifera L. cv. ). Food Science and Biotechnology. 2009; 18: 1001-1012.

Mohamed Z. Badaoui Najjar, PhD

A. Principal Scientist
Cola Breakthrough Innovation
PepsiCo R&D
100 Stevens Ave
Valhalla, NY 10595, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Mohamed Z. Badaoui Najjar received his BS and MS from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He then pursued his Ph.D. in food science focusing on microbiology and ingredient safety at Rutgers University. He worked with the FDA and the Joint institute for food safety for 2 years before joining PepsiCo in 2010. Mohamed currently leads international and domestic beverage innovation initiatives to drive new product development and sugar reduction in brand Pepsi, Pepsi Max and Pepsi Next. Mohamed is very active in the Institute of Food Technologists: He is a professional member of IFT, Chairman of NY IFT and a division champion. Mohamed has published and presented more than ten articles and posters. He holds two provisional patents. Mohamed enjoys new trends and innovations in food & beverage, science and technology.

His research interests include: functional beverages, health and wellness, new trends and innovations in food & beverage, science and technology.

Leadership & Societies

• Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) member
• NY IFT Chairman 2012-2014
• American Society for Microbiology (ASM) member, 2005-2011.
• IFTSA North Atlantic Area Representative 2007-2008. Raised $5000 and organized the regional meeting.
• Guest lecturer at Mercer County College: food microbiology/food safety. 2007 & 2008.
• Food science graduate student association officer 2005-2006, 2007-2008.
• Judge: North Jersey science fair Judge 2007 & 2008.
• Judge: Rutgers Aresty undergraduate research symposium 2007 & 2008.
• Certified in first aid, CPR, AED, aquatic rescue.

1. Badaoui Najjar M, Wirawan R, Chikindas M, Montville TJ. Regulation of F0F1ATPase and its role in Listeria monocytogenes acid sensitivity. Letters in Applied Microbiology (in review). 2009; doi: 10.1016/S0168-1605(00)00305-6
2. Badaoui Najjar M, Chikindas M, Montville TJ. The acid tolerance response alters membrane fluidity and induces nisin resistance in Listeria monocytogenes. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins. 2009 ; doi: 10.1007/s11689-009-9025-8.
3. Badaoui Najjar M, Kashtanov D, Chikindas M. Natural antimicrobials ε-poly-L-lysine and Nisin A for control of oral microflora. Probiotics And Antimicrobial Proteins. 2009;doi: 10.1007/s12602-009-9020-0
4. Badaoui Najjar M, Chikindas M, Montville TJ. Changes in Listeria monocytogenes membrane fluidity in response to temperature stress. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2007; 73: 6429-6435.doi: 10.1128/AEM.00980-07
5. Badaoui Najjar M., Kashtanov D, Chikindas M. ε-poly-L-lysine and Nisin A act synergistically against Gram-positive foodborne pathogens Bacillus cereus and Listeria monocytogenes. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 2007; 45: 13-18. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-765X.2007.02157.x

Cheryl Reifer, PhD, RD, LD

Interim VP, Scientific Affairs Consultant
Sprim Advanced Life Science
Cheryl J. Reifer, LLC
4601 Cape Charles Dr. Plano
TX 75024, USA

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Cheryl Reifer, PhD, RD is an educator, public speaker, clinical dietitian, clinical nutrition manager, and food industry consultant executive and published researcher with over 20 years experience.
Cheryl has worked internationally in business development, assisting food companies needs in regulatory affairs, research, and health marketing. Clinically, Cheryl has worked in hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes in areas of medical nutrition therapy such as diabetes, heart disease, organ failure, nutrition support, etc. as well as serving as a manager over dietitians, developing and implementing policies and systems, etc. As a speaker, Cheryl has appeared on the Health and Science TV network, served on pharmacy speaker bureaus and served on panels such as for the Ft Worth Life Science Coalition. Published research interest areas include diabetes and probiotics. Current weight loss interests include teaching/implementing a heart healthy program for contractors to the military. Cheryl has recently been asked to be on one of the boards for the Dietitians in Business and Communications.

Her research interest areas include diabetes and probiotics.

Presentations and Posters

1. Panelist: Fort Worth Life Science Coalition (FWLSC.org), December 5, 2010 “Hot Topics in Nutrition” at Arts 5th Avenue, 1628 5th Ave, Ft. Worth, TX, USA.
2. Abstract Presentation: Marketing Challenges pertaining to Probiotics and Prebiotics Program: Nutraceutical, Functional Foods, and Dietary Supplements: Science, Methodologies and Applications) November 1-4, 2009 – Golden Gate Holiday Inn (Van Ness Ave) San Francisco, CA - International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF.org) – 2009 Conference and Exhibition.
3. Poster Session: World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (August 16-20, 2008). Title: A randomized, controlled trial of probiotics on cold and flu-like symptom incidence and duration in children. (Publication pending – co-author for poster and publication)
4. Publication and Presentation: Presented at the LVMH Recherche Symposium VIII – May 12, 2008 – Shanghai, China. Published in the Chinese Journal of Dermatology. Assessment of the effects of pollution, physiological aging and sun-exposure on skin-aging features of Chinese women.
5. Reviewer: “The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs.
6. Diabetes in Women: (2002) The Health &Science TV Network (HSTN) – aired nationally; & KEOM radio/TV: Enteral Nutition: 2 programs (nasogastric and jejunostomy feeding)(2004) HSTN – aired 6. Nationally;Nutrition and Pulmonary Disease (2002 – 2003) Nutrition based Continuing Education programs for Pro-Med.
7. Speaker’s Bureau: Roche and Knoll Pharmaceuticals; Presenter for Primary Care Update XXI, CME, 1999 (300+ physician audience).

1. Li S, Deremaux L, Pochat M, et al. NUTRIOSE dietary fiber supplementation improves insulin resistance and determinants of metabolic syndrome in overweight men: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 2010; 35: 773-782.doi: 10.1139/H10-074.
2. Ya W, Reifer C, Miller LE. Efficacy of vaginal probiotic capsules for recurrent bacterial vaginosis: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2010; 203: e1-120.e6.doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.05.023.
3. Gao XW, Mubasher M, Fang CY, Reifer C, Miller LE. Dose-response efficacy of a proprietary probiotic formula of lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285 and lactobacillus casei LBC80R for antibiotic-associated diarrhea and clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea prophylaxis in adult patients. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2010; 105: 1636-1641.doi: 10.1038/ajg.2010.11.
4. Leyer GJ, Li S, Mubasher ME, Reifer C, Ouwehand AC. Probiotic effects on cold and influenza-like symptom incidence and duration in children. Pediatrics. 2009; 124: e172-9.doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-2666.
5. Guerin-Deremaux Li S, Pochat M, Wils D, Mubasher M, Reifer C, Miller L. Effects of Nutriose dietary fiber supplementation on body weight, body composition, Energy intake, hunger in overweight men. Sciences and Nutrition. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2011; 62(6): 628-35.doi: 10.3109/09637486.2011.569492.
6. Guerin-Deremaux L, Pochat M, Reifer C, Wils D, Cho S, Miller LE. The soluble fiber NUTRIOSE induces a dose-dependent beneficial impact on satiety over time in humans. Nutr Res. 31(9): 665-72.doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2011.09.004.
7. Waller PA, Gopal PK, Leyer GJ, Ouwehand A, Reifer C, Stewart ME, Miller LE. Dose-response effect of Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 on whole gut transit time and functional gastrointestinal symptoms in adults. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2011; 46(9): 1057-64.doi: 10.3109/00365521.2011.584895.
8. Guerrin-Deremaux, Pochat M, Reifer C, Wils D, Cho S, Miller, LE. Dose-response impact of a soluble fiber, NUTRIOSE, on energy intake, body weight and body fat in humans. Journal of Epidemic Global Obesity.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7243/2052-5966-1-2
9. Shaw-Perry M, Reifer C, Vinson S, Rager R, Cissell W. Perceptions about diabetes among non diabetic African American women: Implications for education and screening programs. The Health Education Monograph Series: Special Issue on Minority Health. Eta Sigma Gamma, National Professional Health Education Honorary. 22: 1, 2005.
10. Reifer C. Food scientists today. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(6): e19-e20.
11. Reifer C. Food scientists today. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(6): e19-e20. doi: 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-1-e007

Malik Altaf Hussain, MSc, PhD

Associate Director
Centre of Food Research and Innovation
Lincoln University
Lincoln 7647, New Zealand

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Dr Malik Altaf Hussain is an associate director at the Centre for Food Research and Innovation (CFRI) and a senior lecturer in Food Microbiology at the Department of Wine, Food & Molecular Biosciences (WFMB), Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University New Zealand. He obtained his BSc (Hons) and MSc (Hons) in Food Technology from University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) with distinction. He was awarded a PhD in Food Microbiology and Biotechnology by the University of Melbourne (Australia) in 2007. He received several prestigious international scholarships and academic prizes.
He completed several research projects in food science and technology area at four different institutes in three different countries. He worked two years as Scientific Officer at Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Lahore branch) in 2000-2003. Following to his PhD, Dr Hussain completed a research project at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2007-2008 and was employed by Queensland University of Technology, Australia as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2008-2010). Later on, he joined Lincoln University New Zealand as Lecturer in Food Microbiology in 2010. Now he leading food microbiology research group at Lincoln University and working on a number of industry led projects on the development of functional foods (probiotics) and food safety. Dr Hussain is experienced in teaching, supervision, management, leadership, consulting, event organizations and international collaborations.

His research interests include: Microbial biotechnology, probiotics, foodborne pathogens, food safety and security, and microbial stress responses using advanced techniques such as proteomics, metabolomics and genomics.

As leader of Lincoln University’s food microbiology research group he is currently working on a number of industry led projects related to the development of functional foods (probiotics) and food safety. As associate director of Lincoln’s Centre for Food Research and Innovation, his efforts are focused to expand international linkages and developing research programs at the centre. He is the chief organizer of Asia-Pacific Probiotics Workshop 2014 at Lincoln University (http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/cfri). He is also member of the technical committee of AFSSA Conference on Food Safety and Security 2014.

Dr Hussain has written more than 100 scholarly documents including peer reviewed papers (18), scientific articles (17), conference abstracts (22), project reports (15) and technical documents (18). Selected recent publications are listed below:
1. Hosseini Nezhad M, Hussain MA and Britz ML. Stress responses in a probiotics Lactobacillus casei. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2014; 00: 1-10.
2. Hussain MA, Hosseini Nezhad M, Sheng Y and Amoafo O. Proteomics and stressful life of lactobacilli. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 2013; 349: 1–8. doi: 10.1111/1574-6968.12274.
3. Hussain MA. Global food safety – international consumers rights? Foods. 2013; 2(4): 460-461.
4. Hussain MA and Dawson CO. Economic impact of food safety outbreaks on food businesses. Foods. 2013; 2(4): 585-589. doi: 10.3390/foods2040585
5. Bennet G, Rajan R, Bunt CR and Hussain MA. Microbiological assessment of four probiotic feed supplements used by the dairy industry in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 2013; 61(2): 119-120. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2012.716359
6. Hussain MA. Food security and food sciences. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2014; S(1): e1-e2.
7. Zhu Q, Hussain MA. Prevalence of Listeria species in Fresh Salad Vegetables and Ready-to-Eat Foods Containing Fresh Produce Marketed in Canterbury, New Zealand. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2014; 1(1): 5-9.
8. Min M, Hussain MA, Comparison of Microbiological Food Safety Issues in New Zealand and Australia. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2014; 1(1): 17-24.

Yaning Sun, PhD

Translational Gerontology Branch
NIH Biomedical Research Center
251 Bayview Blvd., Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21224, USA

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Dr. Yaning Sun received his Ph.D degree in Entomology in University of Missouri, USA. Then he worked at Monsanto Company for a short period of time with extensive working experiences with transgenic corps and insect resistance. Currently, he is working at National Institutes of Health (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. He now focused on the research of the interactions of nutraceuticals, diet and aging. He has published several peer reviewed publications in the top rated aging journals and his research on cranberry affect aging in fruit fly was reported by Wall street journal. During his work at NIH, he was given the Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) and travel funds for Diet and Optimum Health conference and AGE conferences. He is a member of American Aging Association and actively attending various scientific activities related to human health, including IFT conference. Now he is also served as peer-referee of a few journals, such as, Biogerontology, Journal of Experimental Gerontology, Archive of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology.

His research interest includes the interactions of diet and aging; effects of functional foods, antioxidants, and nutraceuticalson animal models, including some neurodegenerative disease models (such as, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer Disease); and transgenic corps in foods.

1. TGB Scientific Retreat, National Institute on Aging 2014, Baltimore, MD, USA

Speaker, Cytochrome B5 reductase modulates lifespan through interacting with TOR signaling in Drosophila

2. Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting, 2014, New Orleans, LA, USA

3. The American Aging Association’s 43rd Annual Meeting, 2014, San Antonio, TX, USA

Poster presentation, Lifespan extension by cranberry supplementation partially requires SOD2 and is life stage independent

4. Diet and Optimum Health Conference, 2013, Corvallis, OR, USA

Poster presentation,Cranberry interacts with dietary macronutrients to modulate lifespan in Drosophila

5. The American Aging Association’s 42nd Annual Meeting, 2013, Baltimore, MD, USA

Poster presentation, Cranberry interacts with dietary macronutrients to modulate lifespan in Drosophila

6. Judge of 2014 Award for Research Excellence (FARE) competition in NIH, 2013

7. Translational Science Training Program in NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA, 2012

8. NIH research festival, 2012, Bethesda, MD, USA

Poster presentation, Overexpression of cytochrome b5 reductase increases lifespan in a diet dependent manner in fruit fly

9. The American Aging Association’s 41st Annual Meeting, 2012, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Poster presentation, Cytochrome b5 reductase overexpression increases lifespan and oxidative stress resistance in Drosophila melanogaster

10. Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Annual Meeting, 2009,St. Louis, MO, USA

Guest speaker, Unlocking the mystery of insect transformation by exploring protein kinases with molecular andproteomic approaches

11. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2007, San Diego, CA, USA

Poster presentation,Proteomic Identification of PKC-Mediated Expression of 20E-Induced Protein in Drosophila melanogaster

Selected Professional Publications

1. Sun X, Wheeler CT, Yolitz J, et al. Age-related Mitochondrial ATP Synthase D Interacts with the TOR Signaling to Modulate Lifespan Response to Diet in Drosophila. Cell Reports. 2014;
2. Sun Y, Yolitz J, Alberico T, Sun X, and Zou S. Lifespan extension by cranberry supplementation partially requires SOD2 and is life stage independent. Experimental Gerontology. 2014; 50: 57-63.
3. Sun Y, Yolitz J, Wang C, Spangler E, Zhan M, and Zou S. Aging studies in Drosophila melanogaster. Methods Mol Biol. 2013; 1048: 77-93. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-556-9_7.
4. Wang C, Yolitz J, Alberico T, et al. Cranberry Interacts With Dietary Macronutrients to Promote Healthy Aging in Drosophila. The journals of gerontology. 2013; Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glt161.
5. Wang, S, Wang, J, Sun Y, Song Q, and Li S. PKC-mediated USP phosphorylation at Ser35 modulates 20-hydroxyecdysone signaling in Drosophila. Journal of proteome research. 2012; 11: 6187-6196. doi: 10.1021/pr3008804.
6. Liu Y, Sheng Z, Liu H, et al. Juvenile Hormone Counteracts the bHLH-PAS Transcriptional Factors MET and GCE to Prevent Caspase-Dependent Programmed Cell Death in Drosophila melanogaster Development. 2009; 136: 2015-2025. doi: 10.1242/dev.033712.
7. Sun Y, An S, Henrich VC, Sun X, Song Q. Proteomic Identification of PKC-Mediated Expression of 20E-Induced Protein in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of proteome research. 2007; Vol. 6(11): 4479-4488.
8. Zhang S, Sun Y, Pang Q, Shi X. Hemagglutinating and antibacterial activities of vitellogenin. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2005; Vol. 19: 93-95.
9. Pang Q, Zhang S, Wang C, Shi X, Sun Y. Presence of prophenoloxidase in the humoral fluid of amphioxus Branchiostoma belcheri tsingtauense. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2004; Vol. 17; 477-487.
10. Shi X, Zhang S, Sun Y, Pang Q, Sawant MS. Purification, characterization and antigenic species-specific reactivity of vitellogenin of rosy barb (Puntius conchonius Hamilton). Indian J Biochem Biophys. 2004; 41(5): 216-20.

Bing Wang, PhD

Assistant Professor in Food Safety Risk Assessment
Department of Food Science and Technology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
237 Food Industry Complex
Lincoln, NE 68583, USA

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Dr. Wang holds B.S. degree in Veterinary Medicine and M.S. degree in Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology from China Agricultural University, and Ph.D. degree major in Veterinary Microbiology with an emphasis on Veterinary Preventive Medicine and minor in Statistics. After graduation, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Maryland and a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at George Washington University.
Dr. Bing Wang is a human health risk analyst, particularly applying risk assessment approach in addressing food safety issues. Her primary research interests center around human health risk assessment, epidemiology and research synthesis methodologies. Dr. Wang has applied the principles of those disciplines to a diverse of fields, including charactering the risks of sparsely tested chemicals, developing probabilistic evidence-synthesis method for dose-response assessment, risk-benefit analysis of nutrient fortification in grain food, and exposure assessment of foodborne pathogens along animal protein production chain, to improve the use of scientific information in regulatory decisions and understand how risk perception influences decisions about health and safety.

Her research interests include: food safety risk assessment, risk assessment methodological development

Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities

Participated Research

• Quantitative extrapolations from animal to human population in chemical risk assessment: to evaluate the empirical relationship between references doses calculated based on benchmark doses from sub-chronic and chronic toxicity studies
• Qualitative extrapolations from animal to human population in chemical risk assessment: to evaluate the interspecies concordance in sub-chronic and chronic studies for nonneoplastic lesions
• Quantitative risk-benefit analysis of folic acid fortification in corn masa flour in the US to examine the potential impact of different levels of folic acid fortification and indicate an appropriate fortification level in corn masa flour which could decrease the incidence of neural tube defects among Mexican American women while minimizing the adverse effects due to excess intake of folic acid among potential vulnerable population
• A novel evidence integration approach, probabilistic meta-analysis, for dose-response model establishment: to enable data synthesis from studies which report outcomes at different exposure levels/ranges
• Quantitative risk assessment to evaluate the relative impact of deep tissue lymph nodes on the Salmonella contamination in ground pork products aided by systematic review and meta-analysis
• Quantitative risk assessment of fluoroquinolones antibiotic resistant Campylobacter in broiler chicken in China
• Systematic reviews for identification and summarization of primary research studies to quantitatively describe the introduction and amplification of Salmonella in pork from slaughter to cooler
• Determination of the temporal and spatial consistency of Salmonella in swine production using phenotypic and genotypic methods
• Assessment of the predictive value of deep systemic sub-iliac lymph nodes collected at post-harvest as a predictor of Salmonella prevalence in live hogs and an alternative screening tool for Salmonella pre-harvest control program
• Evaluation of relationship between gross lesions in swine carcasses observed at processing plant and Salmonella contamination and demonstration of the quantitative impact of swine health on public health risk
• Effect of oral meloxicam on performance and health of bull calves following castration
• Investigation of fluoroquinolone susceptibility and study of resistance mechanism of Staphylococcus aureus from bovine mastitis

Articles in Refereed Journals

1. O Connor AM, Wang B, Liu Y, Denagamage T, McKean JD. Process mapping the prevalence of Salmonella contamination on pork carcass from slaughter to chilling: A systematic review approach. Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2012; 9:386-95. doi: 10.1089/fpd.2011.1040.
2. Coetzee JF, Edwards LN, Mosher RA, et al. Effect of oral meloxicam on performance and incidence of bovine respiratory disease in stocker calves after castration. J Anim Sci. 2012; 90:1026-39.
3. Hurd HS, Yaeger MJ, Brudvig J, Taylor DD, Wang B. Lesion severity at processing plant used as a measure of pig health to predict the risk of Salmonella contamination. Am J Vet Res. 2012; 73:91-97.
4. Wang B, Wang C, McKean JD, et al. Salmonella enterica in swine production: assessing the association between amplified fragment length polymorphism and epidemiological units of concern in swine production. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011; 77(22):8080-8087. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00064-11.
5. Zhang WJ, Hao ZH, Wang Y, et al. Molecular characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains from pet animals and veterinary staff in China. Vet J. 2011; 190:125-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.02.006.
6. Wang B, Wesley IV, McKean JD, OConnor AM. Sub-iliac lymph nodes at slaughter lack ability to predict Salmonella enterica prevalence for swine farms. Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2010; 7(7):795-800. doi: 10.1089/fpd.2009.0459
7. Qiang Z, Shentu F, Wang B, Wang J, Chang J, Shen J. Residue depletion of ractopamine and its metabolites in swine tissues, urine, and serum. J Agric Food Chem. 2007; 55(11):4319-4326.
8. Wang B. Application of risk assessment in nutrition. Adv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2015; 1(5): e14-e15.doi: 10.17140/AFTNSOJ-1-e005

Ana C. Lindsay, DDS, MPH, DrPH

Associate Professor
Departments of Exercise and Health Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Boston
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health Boston, MA 02115, USA

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Dr. Lindsay’s research and scholarship focus is on understanding family- and community-level influences on children’s health and nutrition, with a special focus on social and cultural determinants of lifestyle behaviors in early childhood (diet, physical activity, etc.) and risk of obesity among low-income, Latino immigrant families and children in the U.S. and Latin America. Much of her research has focused on family-based prevention and health promotion research and interventions to improve dietary behaviors, increase physical activity, and prevent obesity among Latinos conducted in partnership with state- and federal-level programs serving low-income families in the U.S. (e.g., WIC program) and Latin America (e.g., Saude da Familia and BolsaFamilia programs in Brazil). Prior to joining the EHS Department as Associate Professor, Dr. Lindsay helped create and co-directed the doctoral program in public health nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition.

Major Research Interests

• Child health with a special focus on early childhood nutrition and physical activity including research addressing eating and physical activity behaviors and caregivers practices that place low-income, multi-ethnic children at risk of overweight/obesity and associate chronic diseases.
• Determinants of trends in overweight and obesity among low-income, minority children in the U.S. and Latin America, with emphasis on socio-cultural, behavioral and environment influences on the development of overweight/obesity and related chronic diseases.
• Development and evaluation of programs, policies, and communication strategies to prevent and control overweight/obesity and related chronic diseases with special focus on early childhood.
• Role of parents and families in preventing childhood obesity, with a special focus on understanding development of parenting practices and styles that may be protective for children’s healthy development and risk factors for maladjustment.
• Design and evaluation of maternal and child health and nutrition programs in international settings (e.g., Brazil, El Salvador, Argentina, Bangladesh).
• Translational research including development of applied research methodology (e.g. integrated quantitative and qualitative methods, case studies, rapid assessment procedures) to understand factors that hinder and/or facilitate the translation and utilization of research results into practice (e.g. design of new program/services, design of policies).

Invited Guest Editor:

2014 – Present Editorial Board Member Journal of Nutrition & Health

Invited Presentations:

11/2013 “Physical activity in Early Childhood: Implications for Research and Health Promotion Interventions”. Cardiovascular Seminar. CVS.807ic: Determinants of Patterns of Physical Activity Behaviors Across the Life Course and Diverse Populations. Core 2. Epidemiology and Prevention of CV Disease: Physiology, Pharmacology and Lifestyle. American Heart Association Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. November 17th-20th, 2013.
10/2013 “Research on healthy eating in Latino family child care homes: the role of family child care providers.”
Symposium on Nutrition for Young Children in Massachusetts. The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, Inc. October 05, 2013. Worcester, Massachusetts.

Peer-Reviewed Guest Editor

2014 – 2015 Invited as Leading Guest Editor for Special Issue – Journal of International Population Research
Special Issue Topic – Call For Papers on: “Current Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in Latin America”. Expected date of publication of Special Issue - April 2015.


Peer-Reviewed Papers:

1. Correia LL, Silveira DMI, Cavalcante e Silva A, et al. Prevalence and Determinants of Child Undernutrition and Stunting in Semiarid Region of Brazil: 1987 to 2007. Revista de Saude Publica. 2014; 48 (1):19-28.
2. Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Pfeiffer EM, Greaney ML, Wang M, Peterson KE. Social-cultural, Organizational and Community Influences on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors of Latina Mothers and Their Preschool-Aged Children enrolled in the WIC Program: A qualitative study. International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition. 2014; 3 (1): 27-40. 3. Leung CW, Hoffnagle EE, Lindsay AC, et al. A Qualitative Study of Diverse Experts Views About Barriers and Strategies to Improve the Diets and Health of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Beneficiaries. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 ; 113(1): 70-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2012.09.018.
4. Machado MMT, Lima ASS, Bezerra Filho JG, et al. Characteristics of consultation and mothers satisfaction in primary care for children under 5 years of age, Fortaleza, Brazil. Cienc. Saude Coletiva [online]. 2012; 17 (11): 3125-3133.
5. Lindsay AC, Tavares Machado MM, Wang M, De La Barrera R, Ferraro M, Peterson KE. Child feeding practices and household food insecurity among low-income mothers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cienc. Saude Coletiva [online]. 2012; 17(3): 661-669.
6. Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney M, Wang M, Peterson KE. Using qualitative methods to design a culturally appropriate child feeding questionnaire for low-income, Latina mothers. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2012; 16(4): 860-866. doi: 10.1007/s10995-011-0804-y.
7. Moreira ACA, Machado MMT, Lindsay AC, Bosi ML. Food Grant Program and Child Feeding Practices: A Systematic Review. Revista Tendencias em Enfermagem. 2011; 3 (3): 498-504.
8. Bosi MLM, Prado SD, Lindsay AC, Machado MMT, Carvalho MCVS. O enfoque qualitativo na avaliacao do consumo alimentar: fundamentos, aplicacoes e consideracoes operacionais. Revista de Saude Coletiva. 2011; 21 (4): 1287-1296.
9. Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney M, Peterson KE. Latina Mothers Beliefs and Practices related to Weight Status, Feeding and the Development of Child Overweight. Public Health Nursing. 2011; 28(2): 107-118. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00906.x.
10. Correia LL, Silveira DMI, Cavalcante e Silva A, et al. Prevalence and determinants of obesity and overweight among reproductive age women living in the semi-arid region of Brazil. Cienc. Saude Coletiva. 2011; 16(1)
11. Tavares Machado MM, Lindsay AC, Mota GM, Arruda CAM, Amaral JJF, Forsberg B. Health Developments in Northeastern Brazil: A Community Perspective. Food Nutrition Bulletin. 2011; 32(2): 103-111.
12. Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney ML, et al. Understanding the Data-Action Cycle of Surveillance: A Qualitative Study of Federal and State Stakeholders. Health Promot Pract. 2010; 11(2):188-96. doi: 10.1177/1524839908321943.
13. Pinheiro, PM, Machado MMT, Lindsay AC, Silva AVSE. Prevalence of breastfeeding among women attending a baby-friendly hospital in Quixada, Ceara. Revista da Rede de Enfermagem do Nordeste, Fortaleza. 2010; 11(2)94-102.
14. Tavares Machado MM, Galvao MTG, Lindsay AC, et al. Socio-demographic conditions of children 0-2 years old, born to mothers HIV+/AIDS in Fortaleza. Ceara. Rev. Bras. Saude Mater. Infant. 2010; 10(3).
15. Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney M, Peterson KE. Influence of Social Context on Eating, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors of Latina Mothers and Their Preschool-Aged Children. Health Educ Behav. 2009; 36(1): 81-96 doi: 10.1177/1090198107308375.
16. Lindsay AC, Tavares Machado M, Sussner KM, Hardwick C, Peterson K. Brazilian mothers beliefs, attitudes and practices related to child weight status and early feeding within the context of nutrition transition. J Biosoc Sci. 2009; 41 (1): 21-37. doi: 10.1017/S0021932008003039.
17. Sussner KM, Lindsay AC, Peterson KE. The influence of maternal acculturation status on early child BMI at 24 and 36 months in Latino immigrants. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009; 109(2): 218-25.
18. Sussner KM, Lindsay AC, Peterson KE. The Influence of Maternal Acculturation on Breastfeeding Incidence and Duration in Latino Immigrants. J Biosoc Sci. 40(5): 673-96.
19. Sussner KM, Lindsay AC, Greaney ML, Peterson KE. The Influence of Immigrant Status and Acculturation on the Development of Overweight in Latino Families: A Qualitative Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2008; 10(6): 497-505. doi: 10.1007/s10903-008-9137-3.
20. Lindsay AC, Tavares Machado M, Sussner KM, Hardwick C, Peterson KE. Infant feeding practices and beliefs about weaning among low-income Brazilian mothers: a qualitative study. Food Nutr Bull. 2008; 29(1): 15-24.
21. Lindsay AC, Dubowitz T, Andrade FM, Peterson KE. Maternal Health Care Services in the State of Ceara, Northeast Brazil. Journal of Women Health and Urban Life. 2007; VI (1): 60 - 78.
22. Colon-Ramos U, Lindsay AC, Monge-Rojas R, Greaney M, Campos H, Peterson KE. Translating research into action: a case study on trans fatty acid research and nutrition policy in Costa Rica. Health Policy and Plan. 2007; 22(6):363-74.
23. Greaney, ML, Hardwick C, Megzebu S, Lindsay AC, Roover ML, Peterson KE. Assessing the feasibility of a multi-program intervention to promote physical activity and healthful eating in middle schools prior to wide-scale implementation. American Journal of Health Education. 2007; 38(5): 250-257.
24. Dubowitz T, Acevedo-Garcia D, Salkeld J, Lindsay AC, Subramanian SV, Peterson KE. Lifecourse, immigrant status and acculturation in food purchasing and preparation among low-income mothers. Public Health Nutr. 2007; 10(4): 396-404.
25. Greene GW, Peterson KE, Nebeling L, et al. A Qualitative Study of a Nutrition Working Group. Health Promotion and Practice. 2007; 8 (3): 299 - 306.
26. Tavares Machado MM, Galvao MTG, Kerr-Pontes LRS, et al. Access and use of infant formula and other foods among children born to HIV positive mothers. Praticas alimentares entre criancas nascidas de mulheres com HIV/Aids, no nordeste do Brasil. Revista Eletronica de Enfermagem. 2007; 09 (3): 699-711.
27. Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Kim J, Gortmaker S. The role of parents in preventing childhood obesity. Future Child. Spring. 2006; 16(1):169-86.
28. Lindsay AC. Integrating quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the impact of child survival programs in developing countries: the case of a program evaluation in Ceara, Northeast Brazil. Health Education and Behavior. 2002; 29(5):570-584.
29. Terra de Souza AC., Svitonne E, Peterson KE, Gardner J, do Amaral MIV. Underlying and proximate determinants of diarrhea-specific infant mortality rates among municipalities in the State of Ceara, Northeast Brazil: An Ecological Study. Journal of Biosocial Sciences. 2001; 33(2): 227-44.
30. Terra de Souza AC, Peterson KE., Gardner J., Andrade MF, Ascherio A. The Circumstances of Post-Neonatal Deaths in Ceara, Northeast Brazil: Mothers Health Care-seeking Behaviors During Their Infants Fatal Illnesses. Social Science and Medicine. 2000; 51: 1675-1693.
31. Torres A, Peterson KE, De Souza AC, Orav J, Hughes M, Chen L. Association of Diarrhea and Upper Respiratory Infections with Weight and Height Gains in Bangladeshi Children 5 to 11 Years. Bull World Health Organ. 2000; 78 (11): 1316-1323.
32. Terra de Souza AC, Svitonne E, Peterson KE, Gardner J, do Amaral MIV, Ascherio A. Variations in Infant Mortality Rates Among Municipalities in the State of Ceara, Northeast Brazil: An Ecological Analysis. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1999; 28: 267-275.
33. De Souza AC, Peterson KE, Svitonne E, Craveiro V, Gardner J, Ascherio A. Risk factors for Inadequate Weight Gain in Children 0-23 months among Municipalities in the State of Ceara, Northeast Brazil: The Role of Health Services and Socio-economic Variables. Bull World Health Organ. 1999; 77(11): 895-905.
34. Terra de Souza, et al. Circunstancias de Obitos Pos-Neonatais no Ceara: A Via Sacra das Maes a Procura de Atencao a Saude por Ocasiao da Doenca que Levou ao Obito de Seus Filhos. UNICEF/Ceara, Brasil. 2001.

Joseph Irudayaraj, PhD

Department of Biological Engineering
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Deputy Director
Bindley Bioscience Center Discovery Park
Purdue University

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Joseph has degrees in Agricultural Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Biological Engineering. He is a Professor of Biological Engineering in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The Primary focus of his research is on single cell technology development for detection and quantification of epigenetic modifications, transcripts, and phosphorylation with an ultimate goal to detect cancers in its earliest possible stage. His research is multidisciplinary, and he collaborates with over 10 departments spanning 5 different colleges across Purdue. He teaches two undergraduate courses (i) Engineering Analysis for Design and (ii) Statistical Methods for Engineering and one graduate course (Biophysics and Biosensors). He serves in the Nanotechnology for medicine, biological instrumentation development, and Epigenetics review panels for the NIH, NSF, NASA, and DOD among other national and international (Canada, European Union, Singapore, UK) proposal review panels. He chairs the Small Business Innovative Grants program (Biological Instrumentation division) at NIH and is a reviewer for over 12 journals and in the editorial board for 5 journals.
He is a member of the Entrepreneurship Leadership Academy, a co-leader of the Drug Discovery and Molecular Sensing Program of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research and was the Graduate Chair of the ABE program (Ranked #1 by the US News and World Report, 2009-2012). He has published over 200 refereed journal articles, over 400 conference presentations, over 50 publications in conference proceedings and book chapters in areas covering Nanotechnology and biosensors, primarily addressing diagnostics, drug delivery, and numerical analysis. He is a strong proponent of training the next generation of the student scientists/engineers in cross disciplinary areas. He is a member of American Chemical Society, Institute of Biological Engineering, Biophysical Society, and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

His research interest include: Food pathogen sensors.

Professional and Other Selected Committees (Last 5 Years)

• Chair, Graduate Program of ABE (Rated #1, 2009-2012), ABE, Purdue University
• Associate Director, Physiological Sensing Facility & Biophysics Core, Bindley Bioscience Center
• Member: Biophysical Society; American Chemical Society; American Institute of Chemical Engineering; American Society for Agric. and Biol. Engin., Institute of Biological Engineers
• Member, College of Engineering, Dean’s Strategic Committee, Bindley Bioscience Center Task Force, College of Agriculture Area Promotions and Tenure Committee

Industry Related Activities (Last Five Years)

• Covidien, St. Louis, MO. (Single cell assays)
• bioMerieux Inc. (Pathogen detection)
• CSO Analytical Instruments Reichert Inc., NJ. (Biosensor research)
• Dow AgroSciences (Biosensor research)
• Nestle Corp. Switzerland (Food characterization research)

Diversity Related Activities

• Chair, Faculty climate committee (1999-2001) – Penn State – coordination of cultural events
• Advisor, European Students club (1999 – 2003) – Penn State [Student activities]
• Advisor Board of the International Friendship House (2003)
• Participation in minority summer program opportunity and Women in Engineering programs

Other Professional Contributions

• Manuscript Reviewer for : Nature Nanotechnology, Nano Letters, Angew Chemie, ACS Nano, Physics Chemical Letters, Biomedical Optics, Analytical Chemistry, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Lab on Chip, J. Food Science, J. Molecular Structure, Transactions of the ASABE, BioTechnology Progress, Intl. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, Transactions of the ASME etc.
• Research grant proposal reviewer for : NIH (Nano, Molecular Technology, SBIR programs); NSF (CAREER grant, SBIR programs); DoD (Idea grant); USDA-NRI, BARD, European Agricultural Research Agency, NSERC, Canada,

International Collaborations

University Polytechnique Valencia (Spain), Korean Food Research Institute (Korea), Flanders Research Institute for Post-harvest Tech (Belgium), Univ. of Sassari (Italy), Univ of St. Petersburgh (Russia), Tata Institute of Fundamental Res.; Center for Cellular Molecular Biology (India).

Publications/Presentations Summary (Over 225 Publications; Last 5 Years -60)

1. Ravindranath S, Mauer L, Chitrita D, Irudayaraj J. Biofunctionalized magnetic nanoparticle integrated mid-infrared pathogen sensors for food matrices. Analytical Chemistry. 2009; 81(8): 2840-2846. doi: 10.1021/ac802158y.
2. Wang C, Irudayaraj J. Multifunctional magnetic-Optical nanoparticle probes for simultaneous detection, separation, ablation of multiple pathogens. Small. 2009; 2(6):283-289. doi: 10.1002/smll.200901596.
3. Wang Y, Ravindranath S, Irudayaraj J. Separation and detection of multiple pathogens in a food matrix by SERS nano probes. Anal. & BioAnal. Chem. 2010; 399 (3): 1271-8. doi: 10.1007/s00216-010-4453-6.
4. Book B, Chen J, Irudayaraj J. Quantification of receptor targeting aptamer binding characteristics using single-molecule spectroscopy. Biotech, Bioengin. 2010; 108 (5):1222-1227. doi: 10.1002/bit.23043.
5. Cho I, Irudayaraj J. In-situ immunogold nanoparticle network-based ELISA for biosensor for highly sensitive pathogen detection. Intl J Microbiology. 2013; 164(1): 70-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2013.02.025.
6. Cho I, Irudayaraj J. Lateral-flow immune concentration for detection of Listeria monocytogenes. Analytical Bioanal Chemistry. 2013; 405(10): 3313-3319.
7. Jae-Sung K, Ravindranath S, Aloke K, Irudayaraj J, Wereley S. Opto-electrokinetic manipulation technique for high-performance on-chip biological assay. Lab on Chip. 2012; 12(23): 4955-4959. (Cover article & top 10 citations; Featured in Nature Photonics) doi: 10.1039/c2lc40662d.
8. Stephen K, Nakatsu C, Irudayaraj J. Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) for the discrimination of Arthrobacter strains based on variations in cell surface composition. Analyst. 2012; 137: 4280-4286. doi: 10.1039/c2an35578g.
9. Mura S, Greppi G, Marongiu M, et al. FTIR nanobiosensors for Escherichia coli detection. Beilstein J. Nanot. 2012; 3: 885-92.
10. Ravindranath S, Henne T, Thompson D, Irudayaraj J. Intracellular bioreduction of Chromate-decorated Gold nanoparticles by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 by Raman chemical imaging. ACS NANO. 2011; 5(6):4729-36.
11. Guo C, Irudayaraj J. 2011. Fluorescent Ag clusters via a Protein-directed approach as a Hg(II) ion sensor. Analytical Chemistry. 83(8):2883-9. doi: 10.1021/ac1032403.
12. Cho I-H, Bhandari P, Patil P, Irudayaraj J. Membrane filter-assisted surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy for the rapid detection of E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 2014; doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2014.08.063.
13. Craig A, Franca A, Oliveira L, Irudayaraj J, Ileleji K. Application of elastic net and infrared spectroscopy in the discrimination between defective and non-defective roasted coffees. Talanta. 2014; 128: 393-400. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2014.05.001.
14. Cho I-H, Mauer L, Irudayaraj J. In-situ fluorescent immunomagnetic multiplex detection of foodborne pathogens in very low numbers. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 2014; 57: 143-148. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2014.02.012.
15. Chen H, Weng T-W, Ticcitelli M, Cui Y, Irudayaraj J, Choi J. Understanding the Mechanical Properties of DNA Origami Tiles and Controlling the Kinetics of Their Folding and Unfolding Reconfiguration. JACS. 2014; 136(19): 6995-7005. doi: 10.1021/ja500612d.
16. Kadam U, Schulz, Irudayaraj J. Detection and quantification of alternative splice sites in Arabidopsis genes AtDCL2 and AtPTB2 with highly sensitive surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and gold nanoprobes. FEBS letters. 2014; 588 (9): 1637-1643. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2014.02.061.
17. Lee K, Lee L, Irudayaraj J. In vivo real-time quantification of intracellular mRNA using plasmon spectroscopy. Nature Nanotechnology. 2014; 9(6): 474-480.
18. Cho I, Mauer L, Irudayaraj J. In-situ fluorescent immunomagnetic detection of foodborne pathogens. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 2014; 57:143-148. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2014.02.012.
19. Chen Y, Damayanti N, Dunn K, Irudayaraj J. Zhou F. Diversity of two forms of DNA methylation in the brain. Frontiers in Genetics. 2014; 5(46):1-23. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00046.
20. Mura – S. Greppi G, Roggero P, Irudayaraj J, et al. Functionalized gold nanoparticles for the detection of nitrates in water International. J. Environmental Science and Technology. 2014.

Zi (David) Teng, PhD

Departments of Nutrition and Food Science
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD, 20742, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Zi Teng received his PhD in Nutrition and Food Science at University of Maryland College Park in 2014. His research been mainly focused on protein chemistry and biopolymer-based encapsulating systems. In specific, he is working on the development of novel encapsulating and delivery systems (nanoparticles, nanoemulsions, and hydrogels) using food-derived proteins and polysaccharides, followed by the assessment of their structural properties, digesting and drug releasing profile, and cellular uptake. He has published over 30 research papers, book chapters, and academic conference proceedings.

His research interests include protein chemistry, biopolymer-based nanoparticles and nanoemulsions, nano-encapsulation, controlled release, targeted delivery, cell study.

Honors & Awards

• 2014 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship by University of Maryland
• 2013 Merit Fellow awarded by the Department of NFSC, University of Maryland
• 2013 ACS Travel Award by Chemists’ Society of Washington
• 2011&12 Poster competition winner for AGNR Open House
• 2011 Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant
• 2010 Dean’s Fellowship by University of Maryland
• 2010 Robert A. Facchina Endowment by University of Maryland

Academic Activities

• 2013 246th ACS National Meeting (posters presented)
• 2012 43rd ACS Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (poster presented)
• 2011&12 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meetings (posters presented)
• 2011&12 UMD AGNR Open House (posters presented)
• 2011&12 UMD NFSC Research Day (posters presented)
• 2008 14th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (poster presented)
• 2007 International Symposium & Workshop on Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

1. Teng Z, Li Y, Wang Q. Insight into Curcumin-loaded Beta-lactoglobulin Nanoparticles: Nutraceutical Incorporation, Particle Disintegration and Releasing Profiles. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2014; 62 (35): 8837-8847.doi: 10.1021/jf503199g.
2. Li Y, Teng Z, Parkin K,et al. Identification of bioactive metabolites dihydrocanadensolide, kojic acid and vanillic acid in soy sauce using GC-MS, NMR Spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2014; 62 (33): 8392–8401. doi: 10.1021/jf502159m.
3. Li Y, Teng Z, Wang Q. Enhancement of aqueous stability of allyl isothiocyanate using nanoemulsions prepared by emulsion inversion point method. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 2014;
4. Teng Z, Li Y, Niu Y, Xu Y, Yu L, Wang Q. Cationic Beta-lactoglobulin Nanoparticles as a Bioavailability Enhancer: Comparison between Ethylenediamine and Polyethyleneimine as Cationizers. Food Chemistry. 2014; 159, 333-342. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.03.022.
5. Teng Z, Li Y, Luo Y, Zhang B, Wang Q. Cationic Beta-lactoglobulin Nanoparticles as a Bioavailability Enhancer: Protein Characterization and Particle Formation. Biomacromolecules. 2013; 14 (8): 2848-2856. doi: 10.1021/bm4006886.
6. Teng Z, Luo Y, T Wang, Zhang B, Wang Q . Development and Application of Nanoparticles Synthesized with Folic Acid-Conjugated Soy Protein. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2013; 61 (10): 2556–2564. doi: 10.1021/jf4001567.
7. Teng Z, Luo Y, Wang Q . Carboxymethyl Chitosan-Soy Protein Complex Nanoparticles for the Encapsulation and Controlled Release of Vitamin D3. Food Chemistry. 2013; 141(1): 524-532. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.03.043.
8. Luo Y, Teng Z, T Wang, Wang Q. The cellular uptake and transport of zein nanoparticles: Effect of sodium caseinate. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2013; 61 (31): 7621-7629. doi: 10.1021/jf402198r.
9. Luo Y, Teng Z, X Wang, Wang Q. Development of carboxymethyl chitosan hydrogel beads in alcohol-aqueous binary solvent for nutrient delivery applications. Food Hydrocolloids . 2013; 31, 332-339.
10. Luo Y, Wang T, Teng Z, P Chen, J Sun, Wang Q . Encapsulation of indole-3-carbinol and 3, 3- diindolylmethane in zein/carboxymethyl chitosan nanoparticles with controlled release property and improved stability. Food Chemistry. 2013; 139(1): 224-230.
11. Y Yuan, Z Wan, Yin S, et al . Formation and dynamic interfacial adsorption of glycinin/chitosan soluble complex at acidic pH: Relationship to mixed emulsion stability. Food Hydrocolloids. 2013; 3: 85-93. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.01.113.
12. Teng Z, Luo Y, Wang Q. Nanoparticles Synthesized from Soy Protein: Preparation, Characterization, and Application for Nutraceutical Encapsulation. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2012; 60 (10): 2712-2720. doi: 10.1021/jf205238x.
13. Teng Z, Wang Q. Extraction, identification and characterization of the water‐insoluble proteins from tobacco biomass. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 2012; 92: 1368–1374. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.4708.
14. Luo Y, Teng Z, Wang Q. Development of zein nanoparticles coated with carboxymethyl chitosan for encapsulation and controlled release of vitamin D3. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry . 2012; 60 (3): 836-843. doi: 10.1021/jf204194z.
15. Wu N, Yang X, Teng Z, Yin S, Zhu J, Qi J. Stabilization of soybean oil body emulsions using κ, ι, Lamda-carrageenan at different pH values. Food Research International. 2011; 44 (4): 1059-1068.
16. Wu N, Wang L, Yang X, Yin S, Teng Z, Zheng E. Comparison of Flavor Volatiles and Some Functional Properties of Different Soy Protein Products. Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society. 2011; 88 (10): 1621-1631.
17. C Liu, Teng Z, Q Lu, et al. Aggregation kinetics and Z-potential of soy protein during fractionation. Food Research International. 2011; 44 (5): 1392-1400 .
18. C Liu, Teng Z, Yang X, et al. Characterization of Soybean Glycinin and BETA-Conglycinin Fractionated by Using of Mg2+ instead of Ca2+. Journal of Shaanxi University of Science & Technology (Natural Science Edition). 2010; 3: 008.
19. Teng Z, C Liu, XQ Yang, L Li, C Tang, Y Jiang . Fractionation of Soybean Globulins Using Ca2+ and Mg2+: A Comparative Analysis. Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society. 2009; 86 (5): 409-417.
20. Huang K, T Zheng, Li J, Teng Z, D Yuan. Antinutritional and anticarcinogenic effects of phytic acid and trypsin inhibitor in soybean. China Oils and Fats. 2008; 12: 008.
21. Tang C, Teng Z, Wang X, Yang X. Physicochemical and functional properties of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) protein isolate. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2006; 54 (23): 8945-8950.

Cui (Suzy) Fan, PhD

Food Technologist
G and A Baking Company
Taylor, MI, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• 2012- PhD, Food Science in University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
• 2008- MS, Plant Mol. Biol./Biotechnol in University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
• 2004 – BS, Biological Sciences Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China B.S. Biological Sciences


• 2014- present Food Technologist, G&A Baking Company Develop and implement Sanitation SOPs; give weekly food safety trainings
o Preform hazard analysis and maintain supplier verification programs for all ingredients; develop prerequisites and validations programs for HACCP audits
o Incharge of in-house chemical and microbial tests, including pH, total titratable acidity, microbial surface swab, total bacterial count, coliform/E. coli, Yeast and mold, Staph aureus Maintain good relationships with suppliers, third party aduit and test agents
• 2012 – 2014 Research Technician II, Stowers Institute for Medical Research Project:
o Large-scale in situ expression profiling of gene expression during zebrafish sensory hair cell development and regeneration
• 2008 – 2011 Graduate Research Assistant, Food Science program, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
o Project: Novel detection methods for food-and water-borne pathogens using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).
o My research is focused on developing methods of using Raman spectroscopy to detect food- and water-borne pathogens (viruses and bacteria, separately).
o An in vivo molecular probing using intracellular nanosilver for the preparation of bacterial amples was established and assessed. The methods can detect single cells of bacteria. I designed, conducted experiments and analyzed spectral data. Wrote, revised, and submitted papers. Responded to reviewers’ comments and questions. Results were presented in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 IFT Annual Meeting and published in peer- reviewedjournals. In addition, one of my papers was honored with the most citations of all the papers published in the JFS (Journal of Food Science): Food Microbiology and Safety section in 2010.
• 2005 – 2008 Graduate Research Assistant, Plant Genomics and molecular biology Laboratory, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
o Project: Functional characterization of rice orthologs of legume genes required for nodulation and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbioses.

Her research interests include Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Food Analysis and Functional foods.


• Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Team Member, placed second in Cottage Cheese and third in all products and Cheddar Cheese among Graduate students, the national 90th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, Chicago (2011)
• Institute of Food Technologists, St. Louis Section Fellowship, University of Missouri (2011)
• Dr. Robert T. Marshall Endowment Fellowship, University of Missouri (2010)
• Anheuser-Busch Endowment Fellowship, University of Missouri (2010)
• Eugene V. Nay Fellowship, University of Missouri (2009)


• Member of Institute of Food Technologists (2008-Present)
• Member of Society for Developmental Biology (2013-2014)

1. Chen C, Fan C, Gao M, Zhu H. Antiquity and function of CASTOR and POLLUX, the twin ion channel-encoding genes key to the evolution of root symbioses in plants, Plant Physiology. 2009; 149: 306-317.doi: 10.1104/pp.108.131540.
2. Fan C, Hu Z, Riley L, Purdy G, Mustapha A, Lin M. Detecting Food- and Waterborne Viruses by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Journal of Food Science. 2010; 75(5): M302-M307. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01619.x.
[The most citations of all the papers published in the JFS: Food Microbiology and Safety section in 2010]
3. Fan C, Lin M, Mustapha A, Hu Z. Rapid detection of food- and waterborne bacteria using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy coupled with silver nano substrates. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2011; 92: 1053-1061. doi: 10.1007/s00253-011-3634-3.
4. Gajaraj S, Fan C, Lin M, Hu Z, Quantitative Detection of Nitrate in Water and Wastewater by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Coupled with Gold Nano substrates. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 2013; 185(7): 5673-5681. doi: 10.1007/s10661-012-2975-4.

Hongshun Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Food Science and Technology Programme
National University of Singapore
S7 #03-05, 3 Science Drive 3 117543, Singapore

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Yang joined the Food Science and Technology Programme, Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in June 2013 as an Assistant Professor. He obtained his Ph.D. in Refrigeration and Cryogenics Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2005 and worked as a Research Fellow at Auburn University, USA from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Yang obtained another Ph.D. in Food Science from University of Minnesota, USA in 2012. And he was a faculty research assistant at University of Maryland, USA before joining NUS. His research interests are sustainable food processing and safety engineering, which includes organic food processing; food safety engineering; sustainable food processing via byproduct utilization; food nanotechnology, food and health, and food security, especially in seafood, fruits and vegetables, and soybean based food products.

His research interest includes food processing and safety engineering. The mission of his group is to improve the sustainability and safety of food production through applying processing and engineering knowledge and technology, and develop rapid detection and processing technology for detecting and controlling hazards unintentionally or intentionally added into food supply chain. The goal of his research is to provide valid solutions to improve our capability in food security and defense in addition to sustainability.
1. Organic Food Processing
2. Food Safety Engineering
3. Sustainable Food Processing via Byproduct Utilization
4. Food Nanotechnology
5. Food and Health
6. Food Security

Honors & Awards

• 2013- Univ of Maryland Dept Animal & Avian Sci, USA: First Place of Presentation Award
• 2012- The CHS Foundation/ HFHI, University of Minnesota, Scholarship Award
• 2012- University of Minnesota, USA: CFANS NABC travel/registration Award
• 2012- Institute of Food Technologists –MN Section, Graduate Scholarship Award
• 2012- New York Academy of Science/PepsiCo., Inc., In recognition of Excellence in Research
• 2012- PepsiCo., Inc and New York Academy of Science, Travel Award
• 2011- New York Academy of Science/PepsiCo., Inc., In recognition of Excellence in Research
• 2011- PepsiCo., Inc and New York Academy of Science, Travel Award
• 2011- PepsiCo., Inc., Winner for PepsiCo Research Competition
• 2011- University of Minnesota, USA: CHS Scholarship
• 2007 & 2009- Texture Technologies Corp., USA, Travel Grants,


1. Li M, Chen F, Yang B, et al. Preparation of organic tofu using organic compatible magnesium chloride incorporated with polysaccharide coagulants. Food Chemistry. 2015; 167: 168-174.
2. Yang H, Hewes D, Salaheen S, Federman C, Biswas D. Effects of blackberry juice on growth inhibition of foodborne pathogens and growth promotion of Lactobacillus. Food Control,.2014; 37(1): 15-20.
3. Du X, An H, Liu Z, Yang H, Wei L. Probing starch-iodine interaction by atomic force microscopy Scanning. 2014; 36(4), 394-400.
4. Deng Y, Luo Y, Wang Y,et al. Drying-induced protein and microstructure damages of squid fillets affected moisture distribution and rehydration ability during rehydration. Journal of Food Engineering.2014; 123(1): 23-31.
5. Bu G, Yang Y, Chen F, Liao Z,et al. Extraction and physicochemical properties of soybean protein and oil by a new reverse micelle system compared with other extraction methods. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2014; 49(4): 1079-1089.
6. Xin Y, Zhang M, Yang H, Adhikari B. Effect of thermosonic and thermal blanching treatments on peroxidase activity and chlorophyll content in argy wormwood (Artemisia argyi) leaves. Journal of Food Science and Technology.2013;>


1. Chen Y, Chen F, Lai S, et al. In-vitro study of the interaction between pectinase and chelate-soluble pectin in postharvest apricot fruits. European Food Research and Technology. 2013; 237(6):987-993.
2. Yang H, Feirtag JM, Diez-Gonzalez F. Sanitizing effectiveness of commercial active water technologies on Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes. Food Control.2013; 33(1): 232-238.
3. Lai S, Chen F, Zhang L, Yang H, Deng Y, Yang B. Nanostructural difference of water-soluble pectin and chelate-soluble pectin among ripening stages and cultivars of Chinese cherry. Natural Product Research. 2013; 27(4-5): 379-385.
4. Liu H, Jiao Z, Liu J,et al. Optimization of supercritical fluid extraction of phenolics from date seeds and characterization of its antioxidant activity. Food Analytical Methods. 2013; 6(3):781-788.
5. Yang B, Yang H, Chen F, Hua Y, Jiang Y. Phytochemical analyses of Ziziphus jujuba Mill. var. spinosa seed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. 2013; 138(22), 6881-6888.


1. Zhang L, Chen F, Yang H, et al. Effects of temperature and cultivar on nanostructural changes of water-soluble pectin and chelate-soluble pectin in peaches. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2012; 87(1), 816-821.
2. Wang H, Chen F, Yang H, Chen Y, Zhang L, An H. Effects of ripening stage and cultivar on physicochemical properties and pectin nanostructures of jujubes. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2012 ; 89(4): 1180-1188.
3. Ren X, Ma L, Chu J, Wang, et al. Optimization of enzymatic hydrolysis of channel catfish bones for preparing antibacterial agents. Journal of Aquatic Food Product Technology. 2012; 21(2): 99-110.
4. Xu W, Liu B, Yang H, Liu K, Jia S, Chen F. Effect of γ-irradiation on the physicochemical properties of mixed soy protein isolate/starch material. African Journal of Biotechnology. 2012; 11(28), 7238-7246.
5. Qian B, Luo Y, Deng Y, et al. 2012. Chemical composition, angiotensin-converting enzyme-inhibitory activity and antioxidant activities of few-flower wild rice (Zizania latifolia Turcz). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 2012; 92(1), 159-164.


1. Chen F, Liu H, Yang H, et al. Quality attributes and cell wall properties of strawberry (Fragaria annanassa Duch.) under calcium chloride treatment. Food Chemistry. 2011; 126(2): 450-459.
2. Zhang S, Lu Q, Yang H, Meng D. Effects of protein content, glutenin-to-gliadin ratio, amylose content and starch damage on textural properties of Chinese fresh white noodles. Cereal Chemistry. 2011; 88(3):296-301.
3. Zhang S, Lu Q, Yang H, Li Y, Wang S. Aqueous enzymatic extraction of oil and protein hydrolysates from roasted peanut seeds. Journal of American Oil Chemists Society. 2011; 88(5): 727-732.
4. An H, Liang H, Liu Z, Yang H, Liu Q, Wang H. Nano-structures of debranched potato starch obtained by isoamylolysis. Journal of Food Science.2011; 76(1):N11-14.
5. Liu K, Chen F, Zhao Y, Gu Z, Yang H. Selenium accumulation in protein fractions during germination of Se-enriched brown rice and molecular weights distribution of Se-containing proteins. Food Chemistry. 2011; 127(4), 1526-1531.
6. Deng Y, Liu Y, Qian B, Su S, Wu J, Song X, Yang H. Impact of far-infrared radiation-assisted heat pump drying on chemical compositions and physical properties of squid (Illex illecebrosus) fillets. European Food Research and Technology. 2011; 232(5): 761-768.
7. Yang B, Yang H, Li J, Li Z, Jiang Y. Amino acid composition, molecular weight distribution and antioxidant activity of protein hydrolysates of soy sauce lees. Food Chemistry. 2011; 124(2): 551-555.


1. Xin Y, Chen F, Yang H, Zhang P, Deng Y, Yang B. Morphology, profile and role of chelate-soluble pectin on tomato properties during ripening. Food Chemistry. 2010; 121(2): 372-380.
2. Zhang L, Chen F, Yang H, et al. Changes in firmness, pectin content and nanostructure of two crisp peach cultivars after storage. LWT-Food Science and Technology. 2010; 43(1): 26-32.
3. Yang B, Jiang G, Gu C, Yang H, Jiang Y. Structural changes of polysaccharides isolated from chestnut (castanea mollissima Bl.) fruit at different degrees of hardening. Food Chemistry. 2010; 119(3), 1211-1215.
4. Lin M, Deng Y, Xiao C, et al. Influence of pure oxygen on nanostructure of water-soluble pectin in pears. Philippine Agricultural Scientist. 2010; 93(2): 190-197.
5. Xiao C, Luo W, Liu M, et al. Quality of fresh-cut pears (Pyrus bretschneideri Rehd cv. Huangguan) coated with chitosan combined with ascorbic acid and rosemary extracts. Philippine Agricultural Scientist. 2010; 93(1): 66-75.


1. Yang H, Chen F, An H, Lai S. Comparative studies on nanostructures of three kinds of pectins between two cultivar peaches using atomic force microscopy. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 2009; 51(3): 391-398.
2. Yang H, Wang Y. Effects of concentration on nanostructural images and physical properties of gelatin from channel catfish skins. Food Hydrocolloids. 2009; 23(3): 577-584.
3. Chen F, Zhang L, An H, Yang H, Sun X, Liu H, Yao Y, Li L. The nanostructure of hemicellulose of crisp and soft Chinese cherry (prunus pseudocerasus L.) cultivars at different stages of ripeness. LWT-Food Science and Technology. 2009; 42 (1): 125-130.
4. Liu H, Chen F, Yang H, Yao Y, Gong X, Xin Y, Ding C. Effect of calcium treatment on nanostructure of chelate-soluble pectin and physicochemical and textural properties of apricot fruits. Food Research International. 2009; 42(8): 1131-1140.


1. Yang H, Wang Y. Application of atomic force microscopy on rapid determination of microorganisms for food safety. Journal of Food Science. 2008; 73(8): N44-50. (Editors Choice Articles in Nanoscale Food Science, Engineering, and Technology)
2. Yang H, Wang Y, Zhou P, Regenstein JM. Effects of alkaline and acid pretreatment on the physical properties and nanostructures of the gelatin from channel catfish skins. Food Hydrocolloids. 2008; 22(8): 1541-1550.
3. Zhang L, Chen F, An H, Yang H, Sun X, Guo X, Li L. Physicochemical properties, firmness, and nanostructures of sodium carbonate-soluble pectin of 2 Chinese cherry cultivars at 2 ripening stages. Journal of Food Science. 2008;73(6): N17-22.
4. Wang Y, Yang H, Regenstein JM. Characterization of fish gelatin at nanoscale using atomic force microscopy. Food Biophysics. 2008; 3(2): 269-272.
5. An H, Yang H, Liu Z, Zhang Z. Effects of heating modes and sources on nanostructure of gelatinized starch molecules using atomic force microscopy. LWT-Food Science and Technology. 2008; 41(8):1466-1471.


1. Yang H, Wang Y, Regenstein JM, Rouse D. Nanostructural characterization of catfish skin gelatin using atomic force microscopy. Journal of Food Science.2007; 72(8): C430-440.
2. Yang H, Wang Y, Lai S, An H, Li Y, Chen F. Application of atomic force microscopy as a nanotechnology tool in food science. Journal of Food Science.2007;72(4): R65-75.
3. Yang H, Wang Y, Jiang M, Oh JH, Herring J, Zhou P. 2-step optimization of the extraction and subsequent physical properties of channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) skin gelatin. Journal of Food Science.2007; 72(4): C188-195.


1. Yang H, Lai S, An H, Li Y. Atomic force microscopy study of the ultrastructural changes of chelate-soluble pectin in peaches under controlled atmosphere storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 2006; 39(1): 75-83.
2. Yang H, An H, Li Y. Manipulate and stretch single pectin molecules with modified molecular combing and fluid fixation techniques. European Food Research and Technology. 2006; 223(1): 78-82.
3. Yang H, Feng G, An H, Li Y. Microstructure changes of sodium carbonate-soluble pectin of peach by AFM during controlled atmosphere storage. Food Chemistry. 2006; 94(2): 179-192.


1. Yang H, An H, Feng G, Li Y, Lai S. Atomic force microscopy of the water- soluble pectin of peaches during storage. European Food Research and Technology. 2005; 220(5): 587-591.
2. Yang H, An H, Feng G, Li Y. Visualization and quantitative roughness analysis of peach skin by atomic force microscopy under storage. LWT-Food Science and Technology. 2005; 38(6): 571-577.
3. Feng G, Yang H, Li Y. Kinetics of relative electrical conductivity and correlation with gas composition in modified atmosphere packaged bayberries (Myrica rubra Siebold and Zuccarini). LWT-Food Science and Technology. 2005; 38(3): 249-254.


1. Yang H, Feng G, An H, Li Y. Quantitative roughness analysis of post-harvest mushroom by atomic force microscopy. Acta Botanica Sinica. 2004; 46(10): 1249-1255.
2. He S, Feng G, Yang H, Wu Y, Li Y. Effects of pressure reduction rate on quality and ultrastructure of iceberg lettuce after vacuum cooling and storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 2004; 33(3): 263-273.

Caroline R. B. Rocourt, PhD

Biomedical Life Scientist
Leidos Corporation
Frederick, Maryland, USA

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Dr. Rocourt graduated Cum Laude from Hollins University with B.S. in biology in 2008 and then proceeded to earn her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Maryland at College Park. During her graduate work, Dr. Rocourt conducted molecular nutrition lab-based research, primarily employing mammalian cell culture models to study the DNA damage response as it relates to cancer and metabolism. After receiving her degrees, she taught at University of Maryland College Park as lecturer of Nutrition. Currently, she is working as a Biomedical Life Scientist at Leidos Corporation in Frederick, Maryland.

Her research interests include: The promotion of chronic disease at the cellular level; specifically the relationship between oxidative stress related proteins and adipocytes. She also enjoys teaching all aspects of nutrition to undergraduates, especially the biochemistry of metabolism and the physiological and environmental origins of obesity.

Honors & Awards

• 1st place award for the poster The Role of ATM and DNA-PKcs during Adipogenesis in the Continuing Nutrition Graduate Student category at the 2013 University of Maryland Department of Nutrition and Food Science Annual Research Day. Award includes prize money of 150.00 dollars. May 2013. USDA National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD.
• Nominated and received honorable mention for The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award presented by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Student Council. The award honors a teaching assistant in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The award seeks to recognize a TA who demonstrates: exceptional academic achievement, leadership, course involvement, commitment to the students he or she teaches, availability for student access, and creative ways of presenting course material. April 29, 2013. College Park, MD.
• Selected as a 2012-2013 Distinguished Teaching Assistant by The Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland. The Center for Teaching Excellence, the Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and the Dean of the Graduate School recognize outstanding graduate instructors and teaching assistants at the University of Maryland. April 2013. College Park, MD.
• Chosen as the 2013 Deans Fellowship recipient by the Departmental Award Committee for success in the doctoral program. Fellowship includes once yearly stipend payment of 5000.00 dollars. April 2013. College Park, MD.
• Nominated for Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award at University of Maryland. January 2013. College Park, MD.
• Selected by peers as a College of Agriculture and Natural Resources representative in the University-wide Graduate Assistant Advisory Committee elections. November 2012. College Park, MD.
• Awarded the Department of Nutrition and Food Science Merit Fellowship for good work in the program and thanks for services provided to the department. Included monetary award of 308.00 dollars. August 2012. College Park, MD.
• Invited science fair judge at Nicholas Orem Middle School. February 2012. yattsville, MD. University of Maryland Graduate School Goldhaber Travel Award Recipient. April 2010. College Park, MD.
• Selected as a University of Maryland, College Park representative for the Dolores Leibmann Fund Scholarship. November 2008. College Park, MD.
• Cum Laude, Hollins University. May 2008. Roanoke, VA.

1. Rocourt C, Cheng W-H. DNA Selenium supranutrition: Are the potential benefits of chemoprevention outweighed by the promotion of diabetes and insulin resistance? Nutrients. 2013; 5: 1349-1365.doi: 10.3390/nu5041349.
2. Rocourt C, Wu M, Chen B, Cheng W-H. The catalytic subunit of DNA-dependent protein kinase is downstream of ATM and feeds forward oxidative stress in the selenium-induced senescence response. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 2013; 24: 781-787. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2012.04.011.
3. Cheng W-H, Wu R, Rocourt C, et al. Targeting Werner syndrome protein sensitizes U-2 OS osteosarcoma cells to selenium-induced DNA damage response and necrotic death. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 2012; 420: 24-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2012.02.104.
4. Zhang S, Rocourt C, Cheng W-H. Selenoproteins and the aging brain. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development. 2010; 131: 253-260. doi: 10.1016/j.mad.2010.02.006.
5. Rocourt C, Yu Y, Cheng W-H. Epilepsy: Selenium and Aging. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech, Open Access Publisher; 2011: 75-93.

Liping Kou, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Food Science and Engineering
Northwest A and F University
28, Xinong Road
Yangling, Shaanxi, China

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Dr. Kou received her bachelors, masters and doctors degrees in Food Science from Northwest A&F University in China. She is an Associate Professor in Northwest A&F University. In 2011, she started collaborative work in the Food Quality Laboratory under the supervision of Drs. Yaguang Luo, Wayne M. Jurick II and Tianbao Yang as a Postdoctoral. Since 1995, Dr. Kou has been working on produce postharvest technology and new specialty produce. She is continuing her research studies on sensory evaluation, postharvest handling, nutrient assessment, plant pathology and microbiological safety of produce.

Her research interests include fresh produce postharvest quality and shelf life study, fresh-cut produce quality and safety study, microbiological safety study, food sensory evaluation, fungal isolation and identification, genomic DNA extraction and PCR amplification of fungal identification, genetic and biochemical mechanisms of fresh produce

Honors & Awards

• 2007, The Honorable Mention, Poster Completion, 18th Annual BARC PosterDay, USDA-ARS
• 2007, 1st place, Poster Competition, UFPA, USA
• 2006, 3rd place, Science & Technology of XI’AN City, Shaanxi Province, China
• 2005, 2nd place, Education of Shaanxi Province, China
• 2005, Excellent Textbook, Co-author Award of Education of Shaanxi Province, China
• 2003, 7th place, Science & Technology of XI’AN City, Shaanxi Province ,China

Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Kou L, Luo Y, Ingram D, Yan S. Jurick II W. Open-refrigerated Retail Display Case Temperature Profile and Its Association with Quality and Microbiota of Stored Baby Spinach. Food Control.
2. Kou L, YangT, Luo Y, Liu X, Huang L. E Pre-harvest calcium application increases biomass and delays senescence of broccoli microgreens Postharvest. Biology and Technology. 2014; 87: 70-78.
3. Kou L, Luo Y, Park E, Turner ER, Barczak. Temperature abuse timing affects the rate of quality deterioration of commercially packaged ready-to-eat baby spinach- Part I: Sensory analysis and selected quality attributes Postharvest. Biology and Technology. 2013; 91: 96-103.
4. Kou L, Gaskins V, Luo L, Jurick W. First report of Colletotrichum fioriniae causing postharvest decay on Nittany Apple fruit in the United States. Plant Disease. 2013.
5. Kou L, Gaskins V, Luo L Jurick W. First report of Fusarium avenaceum causing postharvest decay of Gala apple fruit in the United States. Plant Disease. 2014; 98 5: 690.
6. Kou L, Gaskins V, Luo L, Jurick W. First report of Alternaria tenuissima causing postharvest decay on apple fruit from cold storage in the United States. PlantDisease. 2014; 985: 690.
7. Jurick W, Kou L, Gaskins V, Luo L. First report of Alternaria alternata causing postharvest decay on apple fruit from cold storage in Pennsylvania. Plant Disease. 2014; 98 5: 690.
8. Kou L, Luo, Y, Yang, T, et al. Postharvest biology, quality and shelf life of buckwheat microgreens LWT. Food Science and Technology. 2013; 51: 73-78.
9. Wang, M, Kou L Effect of Storage Temperature on Quality and Antioxidant Activity of Ready to eat Pomegranate Seeds. Food Science. 2013; 34(6): 271-275.
10. Liu, R, Kou L, Yan, R Effects of LED green light irradiation on quality of vegetables in shelf life. Northern Horticulture. 2013; 8: 5-9.
11. Kou L, Turner E, Luo Y. Extending the Shelf Life of Edible Flowers with Controlled Release of 1-Methylcyclopropene and Modified Atmosphere Packaging. Journal of Food Science. 2012; 775: 188-193.
12. Kou L, Wang M, Hou H. Effect of storage temperature on the respiratory intensity and quality of fresh-cut pleurotus eryngii. Science and Technology of Food Industry. 2012; 335: 340-343.
13. Xiao Z, Luo Y, Lester G, Kou L, Yang T. Qin Postharvest Quality and Shelf Life of Radish Microgreens as Impacted by Storage Temperature, Packaging Film, and Chlorine Wash Treatment LWT. Food Science and Technology. 2014; 557: 551-558.
14. Hu Y, Fu H, Kou L. Study on texture characteristic changes of cherry tomato during the shelf phase. Science and Technology of Food Industry. 2012; 33 4: 383-386.
15. Liu R, Yan R, Wang X, Kou L. Influence of UVC Treatment on Postharvest Browning and Enzyme Activity of Meigui Grape. Northern Horticulture. 2012; 10: 5-9.
16. Wang X, Kou L, Yan R, Guan W. Effect of nitric oxide fumigation on the browning and senescence of postharvest agaricus bisporus. Northern Horticulture. 2011; 22: 148-151.
17. Yuan N, Kou L. Effect of 1-methylcyclopropene on quality of fresh-cut yam. Food Research and Development. 2011; 329: 205-209.
18. Kou L, Luo Y, Ding W, Liu X, William C. Hot water treatment in combination with rachis removal and modified atmosphere packaging maintains quality of table grapes. HortScience. 2009; 447: 1-6.
19. Kou L, Liu X, Ding W, Bo X. Effects of mild heat treatment on respiration intensity and endogenous hormone of packaged lightly processed table grapes. Transactions of the China Society for Agricultural Machinery. 2009; 4011: 133-137.
20. Ding, W, Kou L, Ren J. Effect of Polyphosphates on Tenderness and Water-holding Capacity of Pork Muscles. Food Science. 3021 : 56-58.
21. Kou L, Liu X, Ren Y, Luo A. Effect of heat treatment on composition and hydrolase activity of cell wall of lightly processed table grapes. Storage and Process. 2008; 81: 21-24.
22. Ding W, Kou L, Hu D. Griffiths M. Inhibition of Germfree Extracts Derived from Fermented Milk on flaA 28 Promoter in Campylobacter jejuni. Journal of chinese institute of food science and technology. 2008; 86 : 5-12.
23. Kou L, Luo Y, Ding W, Liu X. Effect of mild heat treatment on microbial growth and quality of fresh-cut table grapes. Journal of Food Science. 2007; 728: 567-573.
24. Luo, Y, Kou L. Hot water treatment reduces microbial growth and improves quality of packaged fresh-cut table grape. Food magazine. 2007; 152: 24-25.
25. Fu J, Liu, X, Cai F, Kou L. Identification of pathogenic fungus causing a decay of stored pomegranate fruits using molecular biology technique. Acra Horticulture Sinica. 2007; 344: 877-882.
26. Ding W, Kou L, Wang H, Hu D. Inhibition of Germfree Extracts Derived from Fermented Milk on flaA 28 Promoter in Campylobacter jejuni. Journal of Northwest A and F UniversityNatural Science Edition 2007; 35(10): 173-177 .
27. Kou L, Liu, X, Zhao, B, Yang, F, Li, J Effects of heat treatment on membrane lipid peroxidation of lightly processed grape. Transactions of the CSAE. 2006; 22 4 : 170- 173 .
28. Kou L, Liu X, Huang Y, Gao W, Yan X. Effect of heat treatment on protective enzymes and membrane lipid peroxidation of lightly processed red globe grape. Journal of Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology. 2006; 64: 111-115.
29. Kou L, Liu X, Zhang C, Geng X. Effects of respiratory intensity and storage quality of fresh-cut Kyoho grape in hot water treatment. Journal of Food and Fermentation Industries. 2006; 325: 143-146.
30. Bo X, Kou L. Separation and identification of pathogen during preservation of original-processed grape. Storge and Process. 2006; 66: 39-41.
31. Kou L, Ding W, Yang X, Liu X. Study on processing fast frozen kidney bean Journal of Northwest A and F University. Natural Science Edition. 2005; 335: 135-138.
32. Kou L, Liu X, Ren Y. Review of storage fruit and vegetable with heat treatment of postharvest. Food Science. 2005; 26z1: 162-165.
33. Kou L, Hao Y. Processing technology of fresh-cut lettuce. Storage and Process. 2005; 6: 24-25.
34. Kou L, Liu X, Ren Y, Luo A. A Review of Storage Fruit and Vegetable with Heat Treatment of Postharves. Chinese agricultural science bulletin. 2005; 2111: 67-70.
35. Ding W, Kou L, Zhang J, Song S. Quantitative evaluation of meat tenderness by penetration method of Texture Analyzer. Transactions of the CSAE. 2005; 2110: 138-141.
36. Ren Y, Luo, A, Kou L, Zhao X, Li R. Processing Technology of Acid and Sweet Green Pepper Can. Acra Horticulture Sinica. 2005; 146: 182-185.
37. Ding W, Kou L, Song S, Fan X. Study on testing the fresh degree of meat by optics trait. Acra Horticulture Sinica. 2005; 335: 139-141.
38. Luo A, Liu X, Ren Y, Kou L. Study on Ultra-filtration Clarification Technique of Kiwi-fruit Dry Wine Journal of chinese institute of food science and technology. 2005; 52 : 55-59.
39. Kou L, Liu X, Li, J, Ma H. Influence on activity of protective enzymes and superoxidation of cell membrane during Fuji flesh browning development. Acta Agriculturae Borealioccidentalis sinica. 2004; 13: 180-183.
40. Kou L, Liu, X, Li, J, Ma, H Changes of superoxidation and cell membrane permeability of Fuji flesh during browning development. Food Science. 2004; 5 : 179-182.
41. Kou L, Liu X Ren Y, Li, J. Study on processing technology and quick freezing of grape. Storage and process. 2004; 41: 37-38.
42. Liu X, Kou L, Ren, Y, Luo A. The storage present situation and the countermeasures of the northwest region characteristic berries. Storage and Process. 2004; 42: 1-3.
43. Xu H, Kou L, Jiang L. A Study on the Technologies of Clarification and Acitity Reduction of Raspberry Dry Wine. Journal of Northwest Forestry University. 2004; 193: 113-115.
44. Luo A, Liu X, Ren Y, Kou L. Studies on brewing technology of kiwi-fruit dry wine. Journal of Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology. 2004; 42: 5-11.
45. Kou L, Liu X, Li F. Study on preservative agent effect in storage of Kiwifruit. Food Science and Technology. 2003; 5: 92-93.
46. Kou L, Liu X, Ding W, Li Y. The Biochemical Characteristics Studies on Flesh Browning of Fuji in storage. Journal of Northwest A and F University Natural Science. 2002; 30Z1: 61-64.
47. En Y, Yuan C, Liu X, Kou L. Study progress of the quick-freezed and processed fresh maize. Journal of Northwest A and F University Natural Science Edition. 2002; 30Z1: 110-114.
48. Ding W, Kou L, Song S, Wang L. Studies on the processing technique for fermented bifido carrot milk beverage. Journal of Northwest A and F University Natural Science Edition. 2002; 30Z1: 47-49.
49. Luo A, Ren Y, Kou L, Liu X. Study on the Kiwifruit vinegar. Journal of Northwest A and F UniversityNatural Science Edition. 2002; 30Z1: 53-56.
50. Ren Y, Luo A, Kou L, Li Y, Liu X. The Processing Technology of Seeding Pumpkin Candied Fruit. Acta Agriculturae Boreali-occidentalis sinica. 2002; 112: 101-103.
51. Kou L, Liu X. Study on flesh browning of Fuji apples. Journal of northwest Sci-tech university of A and F. 2001; Supp1: 144-146.
52. Liu, X, Hu, Q, Kou L Study progress of the quick-freezed and processed fresh maize. Journal of Northwest Forestry College. 1998; 134: 19-22.
53. Liu X, Hu Q, Kou L. The study on pomegranate husk scald during storage. Journal of Northwest Forestry College. 1997; 124: 93-96.
54. Liu X, Hu Q, Kou L. Biochemical characteristics studies on peel browning of pomegranate after picking. Journal of Northwest Forestry College. 1998; 134: 19-22 .

Xuntao (Tom) Zhu, PhD, CFS

Assistant Professor
Departments of Food Science, Nutrition and Management
Delaware Valley College
700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901, USA

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Dr. Xuntao Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Food Science at Delaware Valley College, Pennsylvania, USA. After earning his Doctorate of Food Science from Rutgers University, Dr. Zhu worked for food industry for 6 years as a research scientist doing new product development, food packaging research and shelf life study. Dr. Zhu joined Delaware Valley College in Jan. 2014 as a faculty member of the Food Science Department. Dr. Zhu’s research focuses on using controlled release technology (antioxidants and antimicrobials) to enhance food safety and quality. He is also interested in the development of innovative and sustainable packaging materials, and studying reaction kinetics (such as lipid oxidation) for the predication of food shelf life. Dr. Zhu has published 8 peer reviewed journal articles and several book chapters. Dr. Zhu served as ad hoc reviewers for several food science journals including: J. of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Food Control, and Food Packaging and Shelf life. Dr. Zhu is a certified food scientist and professional member of IFT, ACS and NAJUA.

His research interests include enhance food quality and safety, particularly through controlled release active packaging. He is also interested in shelf life and packaging research. His research greatly advanced the development of a new generation of food packaging called controlled release packaging (CRP). The motivation for developing CRP is to improve food safety and quality and prolong stable shelf life without overloading the food with chemical additives. During his tenure in Dr. Kit Yam’s lab, my hard work and dedicated effort played a principal role in securing and renewing two external grants sponsored by US Department of Agriculture and Pliant Corporation / US Department of Defense. He co-authored total 8 papers on high impact journals and one book chapter. He is continuing to advance CRP, for example by using natural antimicrobials (such as rosemary extracts), and bio-degradable packaging materials.

Awards and Certification

• Certified food scientist (CFS), Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), USA, 2013
• Recipient, 2006-2007 Scholarship Award in recognition of outstanding scholastic ability from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT);
• Recipient, Special Achievement Award from the Research & Development Associates for Military Food & Packaging System, Inc., 2007;
• Recipient, 2008 Graduate Scholarship Award from the New York Institute of Food Technologist (NYIFT);
• Recipient, 2006-2007 Graduate Scholarship Award from the New York Institute of Food Technologist (NYIFT);
• Recipient, 2005-2006 Graduate Scholarship Award from the New York Institute of Food Technologist (NYIFT);
• Recipient, 2005-2006 Professor Endel Karmas Award for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant in Food Science, from the Department of Food Science, Rutgers University;
• Recipient, 2004-2005 Professor Endel Karmas Award for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant in Food Science, from the Department of Food Science, Rutgers University;
• Recipient, 2003-2004 Excellent Fellowship from the Cook College, Rutgers University

Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

1. Zhu X. Antioxidant Effects of Sesamol Released from Polymeric Films on Lipid Oxidation in Linoleic Acid and Oat Cereal. Packaging Technology and Science. 2013; 26: 31-38. doi: 10.1002/pts.1964
2. Zhu X. Target Release Rate of Antioxidants to Extend Induction Period of Lipid Oxidation. Food Research International. 2012; 47 (1): 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2012.01.002
3. Zhu X. Release Property and Antioxidant Effectiveness of Tocopherol- Incorporated LDPE/PP Blend Films. Food Additives and Contaminants. 2012; 29 (3): 461-468. doi: 10.1080/19440049.2011.643826.
4. Zhu X. Release Kinetics of Tocopherol and Quercetin from Binary Antioxidant Controlled Release Packaging Films. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2012; 60 (13): 3492-3497. doi: 10.1021/jf2045813.
5. Zhu X. Retention and Diffusion of Tocopherol for Coextruded Packaging Films. Journal of Applied Packaging Research. 2012; 6 (1): 27-36.
6. Zhu X. Application of a Biogenic Extra Cellular Ice Nucleator for Food Processing: Effects on The Freeze-Thaw Stability of Fish Actomyosin. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2007; 42: 768-772.doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2621.2007.01575.x
7. Zhu X. Microencapsulation of Fish Oil with Soy Protein Based Wall Spray Drying (I)—Study on Microcapsules Wall Composition. China Oil and Fats. 1998; 98(5): 31-34.
8. Zhu X. Microencapsulation of Fish Oil with Soy Protein Based Wall by Spray Drying (II)—Studies on Microencapsulation Processing. China Oil and Fats. 1998; 98(6): 35-38.

Nalin Siriwardhana, PhD

Senior R&D Medical Associate
Medical Excellence and Governance
399 Interpace Parkway
Reckitt Benckiser (RB)
Parsippany, NJ, USA

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Senior R&D Medical Associate, Medical Excellence and Governance- Reckitt Benckiser (RB) Parsippany NJ.


Research Assistant Professor - University of Tennessee, TN and Texas Tech University, TX
Founder and Editor-in-Chief for Nutrition Remarks

His research interest includes prevention and wellness benefits of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and anti-hypertensive compounds.
Teaching and communication of reliable and up-to-date medical facts to enhance the human health and wellbeing.

Communication Expertise and Professional Networking Strength:

• Founder and Editor-in-Chief for Nutrition Remarks (Nutrition Remarks is a HONcode certified website that publishes health and nutrition news based on scientific evidence- www.nutritionremarks.com)
• Routinely conduct phone interviews on timely important health and nutrition issues with top level experts in the field and publish as online news articles
• Effective and strong verbal communication skills including demonstrations and presentations
• Authored more than 50 scientific and public news articles and reviewer for more than 7 nutrition and health related peer reviewed scientific journals
• Maintaining a large network of top level national and international professionals in various health and nutrition science disciplines including research scientists, clinicians and administrators
• Active member in Nutrient Gene Interactions section of American Society of Nutrition (ASN)
• Conducts monthly interviews with mHealth and eHealth experts on behalf of The Obesity Society (TOS)

1. Siriwardhana N, Kalupahana N, Cekanova M, Greer M, Moussa N. Regulation of adipose tissue inflammation by dietary polyphenols and fatty acids. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 2013; 244: 613-623.
2. Siriwardhana N, Kalupahana N, Moussa N. Health Benefits of n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid. Adv Food Nutr Res. 2012; 65: 211-222. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-416003-3.00013-5.
3. Siriwardhana N, Wimalasena J, Moustaid-Moussa N. Inflammatory Cytokines Link Obesity and Breast Cancer. Journal of Metabolic Syndrome. 2012.
4. Siriwardhana N, Kalupahana N, Fletcher S, et al. N n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids differentially regulate adipose angiotensinogen and other inflammatory adipokines in part via NF-κB-dependent mechanisms. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 2012 . doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2011.11.009.
5. Kalupahana N, Claycombe K, Newman S, et al. Eicosapentaenoic acid prevents and reverses insulin resistance in high-fat diet-induced obese mice via modulation of adipose tissue inflammation. Journal of Nutrition. 2010 ; 14011: 1915-1922. doi: 10.3945/jn.110.125732.
6. Xiaoyu S, Siriwardhana N, Rathore K, Lin D, Wang H. Grape seed Proanthocyanidin suppression of breast cell carcinogenesis induced by chronic exposure to combined 4-methylnitrosamino-1-3-pyridyl-1-butanone NNK and Benzoapyrene BaP. Molecular Carcinogenesis. 2009; 495: 450-463. doi: 10.1002/mc.20616.
7. Kim H, Stewart T, Wyatt B, Siriwardhana N, Saxton A, Kim J. Gene expression profiles of a mouse congenic strain carrying an obesity susceptibility QTL under obesigenic diets. Genes and Nutrition. 2009; 53: 237-250. doi: 10.1007/s12263-009-0163-0.
8. Nalin Siriwardhana, Wang H. Precancerous carcinogenesis of human breast epithelial cells by chronic exposure to Benzoapyrene. Molecular Carcinogenesis. 2008; 475: 338-348.
9. Siriwardhana N, Choudhary S, Wang H. Precancerous model of human breast epithelial cells induced by the tobacco specific carcinogen NNK for prevention. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2008; 1093: 427-441.
10. Siriwardhana N, Kim K, Lee K,et al. Optimization of hydrophilic antioxidant extraction from Hizikia fusiformis by integrating treatments of enzymes, heat and pH control. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2007 ; 434: 587-596.
11. Siriwardhana N, Shahidi F, Jeon Y. Potential antioxidative effects of cactus pear fruit Opuntia ficus-indica extract on radical scavenging and DNA damage reduction in human peripheral lymphocytes. ournal Of Food Lipids. 2006; 134: 445-458.
12. Senevirathne M, Kim S, Siriwardhana N,et al. Antioxidant potential of Ecklonia cava on reactive oxygen species scavenging, metal chelating, reducing power and lipid peroxidation inhibition. Food Science and Technology International. 2006 ; 121: 27-38.
13. Karawita R, Siriwardhana N, Lee K, et al. Reactive oxygen species scavenging, metal chelating, reducing power and lipid peroxidation inhibition properties of different solvent fractions from Hizikia fusiformis. European Food Research and Technology. 2005; 220: 363-371.
14. Karawita R,Park P, Siriwardhana N, et al. Angiotensin I - Converting Enzyme ACE inhibitory activity of Elk Cervus elaphus Velvet Antler. Journal of Food Science and Nutrition. 2005; 103: 239-243.
15. Nalin Siriwardhana, Jeon Y. Antioxidative effect of cactus pear fruit Opuntia ficus-indica extract on lipid peroxidation inhibition in oils and emulsion model systems. European Food Research and Technology. 2004; 219: 369-376.
16. Siriwardhana N, Jeon Y, Kim S,et al. Enzymatic hydrolysis for effective extraction of antioxidative compounds from Hizikia fusiformis. Algae. 2004; 191: 59-68.
17. Siriwardhana N, Lee K,Kim S, et al. Lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects of Hizikia fusiformis methanolic extract on fish oil and linoleic acid. Food Science and Technology International . 2003; 10: 65-72.
18. Siriwardhana N, Lee K, Kim S, Ha J, Jeon Y. Antioxidant activity of Hizikia fusiformis on reactive oxygen species scavenging and lipid peroxidation inhibition. Food Science and Technology International. 2003 ; 9: 339-348.

Zuoxing Zheng, PhD

Senior Associate Principal Scientist
Central Research
Kraft Foods Group Inc.
Glenview, IL, USA

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Dr. Zuoxing Zheng is Senior Associate Principal Scientist in Central Research at Kraft Foods Group, Inc. His primary function has been focused on identifying and developing novel and proprietary preservation technologies to improve food safety, quality and shelf life of various food and beverage products. Currently he is working on natural antimicrobial ingredients discovery and applications. Prior to joining Kraft Foods in 1999, he was Research Assistant at the University of Massachusetts from 1995 to 1999 and Assistant Professor at Tsinghua University from 1988 to 1995.
Dr. Zheng received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Fermentation and Microbiology in China and Japan, and Ph.D. degree in Food Science from the University of Massachusetts. In more than two decades of his professional experience, Dr. Zheng has authored dozens of journal papers, patent publications, book chapters and numerous conference presentations. He serves on the Food Biotechnology Editorial Board and is a reviewer for several scientific journals. He has received numerous awards from Kraft Foods, IFT and UNESCO.

His research interests includes: Identify, discover and develop natural antimicrobial systems for food and beverage applications to improve food safety, quality and shelf life; Discover, improve and utilize beneficial microorganisms in food, agriculture and environmental applications; Produce value-added products from underutilized materials through microbial fermentation.

Professional Memberships

• IFT (Institute of Food Technologists)
• SIM (Society for Industrial Microbiology)
• ASM (American Society for Microbiology)
• IAFP (International Association for Food Protection)
• ADSA (American Dairy Science Association)
• CAFS (Chinese American Food Society, an affiliate of IFT)
• CAFPNA (Chinese Association for Food Protection in North America, an affiliate of IAFP)

Other Activities

• Chair-Elect, IFT Foodservice Division
• Chair, Chicago Section IFT Tanner Lecture Committee
• Editorial Board for Food Biotechnology, and Journal of Microbiology & Experimentation

1. Zheng Z. Ingredient Technology for Food Preservation. Industrial Biotechnology.2014; 10(1): 28-33.doi: 10.1089/ind.2013.0023.
2. Huang E, Chung YK, Zheng Z, Yousef AE. Characterization and application of enterocin RM6, a bacteriocin from Enterococcus faecalis. A special issue, Advances in Microbial Food Additives. Biomed Research International.2013; 2013: 6 pages, Article ID 206917.
3. Clare DA, Zheng Z, Hassan HM, Swaisgood HE, Catignani G L. Antimicrobial properties of milkfat globule membrane fractions. J. Food Protection.2008; 71(1): 126-133.
4. Crozier-Dodson B A, Carter M, Zheng Z. Formulating food safety: An overview of antimicrobial ingredients. Food Safety Magazine.2004; 10(6): 24-76.
5. Zheng Z, Sheth U, Nadiga M, Pinkham JL, Shetty K. A model for the role of the proline-linked pentose phosphate pathway in polymeric dye tolerance in oregano. Process Biochem.2001; 36: 941-946. doi: 10.1016/S0032-9592(00)00293-4
6. Zheng Z and Shetty K. Enhancement of pea (Pisumsativum) seedling vigor and associated phenolic content by extracts of apple pomace fermented with Trichoderma spp. Process Biochem. 2000; 36:79-84. doi: 10.1016/S0032-9592(00)00183-7
7. Zheng Z and Shetty K. Solid state production of polygalacturonase by Lentinusedodes using fruit processing wastes. Process Biochem. 2000; 35: 825-830. doi: 10.1016/S0032-9592(99)00143-0
8. Zheng Z and Shetty K. Solid-state bioconversion of phenolics from cranberry pomace and role of Lentinusedodes-glucosidase. J Agr Food Chem.2000; 48: 895-900.
9. Zheng Z and Shetty K. Azo dye-mediated regulation of total phenolics and peroxidase activity in thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and rosemary (Rosmarinusofficinalis) clonal lines. J Agr Food Chem.2000; 48: 932-937.
10. McCue P, Zheng Z, Pinkham J L. and Shetty K. A model for enhanced pea seedling vigor following low pH and salicylic acid treatments. Process Biochem. 2000; 35: 603-613. doi: 10.1016/S0032-9592(99)00111-9
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Deepti Dabas, PhD

Lead Scientist
Kalsec Inc.
3713 West Main Street
Kalamazoo 49006, Michigan, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Dabas is working on research and development of natural colorants at Kalsec Inc. She completed PhD in Food Science from Pennsylvania State University. Her PhD research was on developing natural colorant from avocado seed and studying its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and chemical properties.

Her research interests includes: Nutraceuticals including evaluation of their bioactivity, anti-cancer compounds, natural colorants

Selected Fellowships and Awards

• Graduate Research Fellowship, Department of Food Science PSU (2007 - 2011 )
• Travel award for attending Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting (2011)
• Sponsored registration for attending annual American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting (2011)
• First prize in Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Research Expo, PSU (2011)
• Robert D. and Jeane L. McCarthy Memorial Graduate Scholarship, PSU (2010)
• Junior Research Scholarship (JRF), India (1999-01)

1. Dabas D, Shegogg RM, Ziegler GR, Lambert JD. Avocado (Persea americana) seed as a source of bioactive phytochemicals. Curr Pharma. Design. 2013; 19(34): 6133-40.
2. Dabas D, Elias RJ, Lambert JD, Ziegler GR. A colored avocado seed extract as a potential natural colorant. Journal of Food Science. 2011; 76(9): C1335-C1341. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2011.02415.x.
3. Dabas D, Singh M, Singh R. Processing of barley and chick pea for making Sattu. Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2005; 42(1): 60-64.
4. Dabas D, Kean G. Red natural colors for high pH applications. dv Food Technol Nutr Sci Open J. 2014; 1(1): 10-16.

Amir Golmohamadi, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Instructor
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
875 Perimeters Dr. MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83843, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Golmohamadi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He has 9 years of combined research and industry experience in Food Science and Nutrition. He hold a Ph.D. from University of Idaho (UI) with Post-Doctoral research and teaching experience in Nutrition.

His research interests include: The application of food engineering and food chemistry to improve human health and food safety. His post-doctoral experience has been on the child nutrition. His ultimate goal in research is to develop good textured and nutritious food products to improve the health and diet of consumers (specifically children) by combining food rheology, sensory, and nutrition science.

Awards and Achievements

Research Grants

• Dec. 2013 - Received 50,000 dollars from Mountain West IDeA Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN), a regional NIH funding agency. I was the co-writer on this proposal to study the effect meal

Student Awards

• University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence Dec. 2013
• University of Idaho Food safety and HACCP workshop scholarship Dec. 2012
• 1st prize in Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Food Product Development (FPD) competition,Las Vegas, NV. Developed Mango-Mandazi to reduce both vitamin A deficiency and mango wastage in Kenya. Jun. 2012
• Member of WSU sensory evaluation of dairy products team in the Annual Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest hosted by Kraft Foods. Oct. 2009
• Ranked 22 among more than 5000 participants in the Iranian National Graduate Schools Entrance Exam in Food Science. May 2002
• Ranked 1012 among more than 300,000 participants in the Iranian National State Funded Universities. Sep. 1998

Travel Awards

• USDA Mustard Meal Grant to present my research in the IFT Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL Jul 2013
• Student Grants Program to present my research in the IFT Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV Jun 2012conmmunications on children intake.

Refereed Journal Articles

1. Golmohamadi A, Moller G, Powers J, and Nindo C. Effect of ultrasound treatment on antioxidant activity, total phenolics, and anthocyanin content of red raspberry puree. Ultrasounds Sonochemistry. 2013; 20 (5): 1316-1323.doi: 10.1016/j.ultsonch.2013.01.020.
2. Golmohamadi A, Morra M, and Nindo C. Utilization of mustard meal (Sinapis alba) extract to activate lactoperoxidase system. 2014.

Muhammed Yuceer, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Food Processing
Canakkale Vocational School of Technical Sciences
Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
17020 Canakkale, Turkey

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• (2009-2013) - Ph.D, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Engineering Faculty, Department of Food Engineering, Canakkale/Turkey.
• (2003-2007) - M.Sc, Istanbul Technical University, Chemical and Metallurgical Faculty, Department of Food Engineering, Istanbul/Turkey.
• (1998-2002) - B.Sc, Yuzuncu Yil University, Agriculture Faculty, Department of Food Engineering, Van/Turkey.

Professional Work Experience:

• (Nov. 2013-present) - Assistent Professor Dr, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of Food Processing.
• (July 2005-Aug 2013) - Egg Processing Plant Production, Quality - R&D Manager (Deputy Director of Factory Manager) A.B Gida San. ve Tic. A.S. (A.B Foods Inc.) Bandirma, Balikesir/Turkey.
• (Aug 2002-July 2005) - (Resignationa as Quality-R&D Manager), International Trade Assistant, A.B Gida San. ve Tic. A.S. (A.B Foods Inc.) Istanbul/Turkey.

His research interests include: Egg Science and Technology (Egg and Egg Products, Egg Processing), Thermal and Non-Thermal Emerging Food Preservation Techniques (active packaging, coating application, antimicrobial coating, ozone, ultrasound, electrolyzed water etc.), Food Defense, Food Safety, Quality Control and Quality Management Systems, Functional Food, Rheology and filtration, Industrial Food Production, Separation and Purification Process for Bioactive Substances of foods and eggs. Control and System Engineering for Food Industry.

• Advanced Rheology Course, Gareth H. McKinley - MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Massimo Baiardo - TA Instruments, 20 Oct. 2014, Istanbul/Turkey.
• International Workshop on Food Packaging:Balancing Functionality with Low Environmental Impact. Izmir Institute of Technology & The University of Reading,U.K. supt. by British Council. 31 Jan,2014, Izmir/Turkey.
• TRFOODMICRORISK 2014 - 1. Predictive Modeling and Foodborne Microbial Risk Assessment Workshop by Prof. József Baranyi, Prof. Mark Tamplin and Dr. Marian Ellouze at Yıldız Teknik University, Istanbul/Turkey.
• Preparing & Implementation of Agriculture and Food Science Research Projects, TUBITAK-BIDEP 2237, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale/Turkey.
• Balikesir Agriculture and Animal Workshop, South Marmara Development Agency, 16 May, 2012, Balikesir/Turkey.
• Food Microbiology Workshop, BioMerieux Co. 16 Nov, 2011, Balikesir/Turkey.
• Sensory Evaluation Workshop, Etol d.d. 6-7 May, 2010, Istanbul/Turkey.
• Product Technical Training Certificate, MIOX Engineering Corporation 15-26 July, 2012, Albequerque, NM, USA.
• Lean 6 Sigma Training, Sigma Center Management Systems (Green Belt), 96 hrs. • Omnia (Egg Grading Units) Service, MOBA Technical Training Center, 19-23 Nov, 2012, Barneveld, The Netherland.
• Omnia Detection (Egg Grading Units) Systems, MOBA Technical Training Center, 26-30 Nov, 2012, Barneveld, The Netherland.


• SAN-TEZ Project (Ministry of Industry and Trade-nr:729) Extending Shelf Life of Egg Using Active Packaging and Novel Preserving Methods, Researcher.
• 2010-2013: Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Industrial Thesis Program (SAN-TEZ Project) Grant Number nr: 00729.STZ.2010-2). Extending Shelf Life of Egg Using Active Packaging and Novel Preserving Methods.
• 2014: Industrial Consulting project (Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University). Pasteurized Liquid Egg Production and Process Optimization.
• 2015: Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council (TUBITAK Project No. 314O376). Functional and Rheological Characteristics of Enzyme Modified Egg Products.

1. Yuceer M, Caner C. Antimicrobial Lysozyme-Chitosan Coatings Affect Functional properties and Shelf Life of Chicken Eggs during Storage. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 2014; 94: 153-162. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.6322.
2. Yuceer M, Caner C. Effect of Lysozyme-Chitosan Based Coatings on Microbial Quality of Fresh Eggs. Academic Food Journal. 2013; 11(1): 40-45.
3. Yuceer M, Temizkan R, ve Caner C. Eggs as a Functional Food: Its Components and Functional Properties. Academic Food Journal. 2013; 10(4): 70-76.
4. Yuceer M, Caner C. The Use of Natural Antimicrobials in Egg and Egg Products. 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods. 2014; Istanbul.
5. Yuceer M, Ozcelik B. Evaluation of the physicochemical properties of cholesterol reduced egg yolk crosslinked with β-cyclodextrine. 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods. 2014; Istanbul
6. Yuceer M, Ozcelik B. New Developments in Processing of Cholesterol Reduced Egg Products. 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods. 2014; Istanbul.
7. Yuceer M, Caner C. Potential Application of Novel Processing Techniques in Egg Processing. 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods. 2014; Istanbul.
8. Temizkan R, Büyükcan MB, Yuceer M, ve Caner C. Biopolymer-Based Nanocomposites in Food Packaging 09-11 May, VII. International Packaging Congress. 2013; İzmir.
9. Yuceer M, Caner C. Various Coating Improves Chicken Egg Quality and Minimizes Eggshell Breakage.16-18.September, VI. International Packaging Congress. 2010; Istanbul.
10. Yuceer M, Caner C, Karta S. Microwave Suspectors: Innovative Active Packaging. 16-18 September, VI. International Packaging Congress. 2010; Istanbul.
11. Yuceer M, Caner C. Traditional Egg and Egg Products. 15-17 April, The 1st International Traditional Foods from Adriatic to Caucasus. 2010; Tekirdağ, Turkey.
12. Yuceer M. Production of cholesterol reduced egg yolk adsorption with Beta-Cyclodextrin. 21-25 June, The XIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products. 2010; Turku. Finland.
13. Yuceer M, Ozcelik B. Rheological Properties of Egg Yolk Cholesterol and Fat Reduced Mayonnaise. Poster presentation. 3rd International Congress on Food and Nutrition. 22-25 April. 2009; Antalya, Turkey.
14. Yuceer M, Caner C. Novel Techniques of Measurement of Chemical and Physical Properties in Shell Eggs during Storage Period. 21-25 June, The XIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products. 2009; Turku. Finland.
15. Yuceer M, Ozcelik B. Production of Cholesterol Reduced Pasteurized Egg Yolk by Adsorption of Cholesterol with Beta-Cyclodextrine. Poster presentation. IFT 08 Annual Meeting& Food Expo. June 28-July 1. 2008; New Orleans, USA.

Francisco E. Ramirez Diaz, MD

Life Style Physician
Nedley Clinic Ardmore
1045 15th AVE NW. Ardmore
OK 73401, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

2005, CEUX University, Ensenada, MX
     • Degree: Medical Doctor
     • Graduated on top of the class
     • Presented the top three best research papers
     • Voting member of the Ethics Research Committee
     • Delivered baccalaureate speech
1999, State of California, California
     • Certification: Teacher of massage and hydrotherapy
1998, BHHEC, Hermosa, SD
      • Diploma: Applied Ministries
      • Infant, Child and Adult CPR
1996, Banning Massage School, DHS, CA
     • Diploma: 500 hour Health and Massage
     • Diploma: Hydrotherapist
     • Diploma: Home Health Aide
1990-1995, UABC, Ensenada, MX
     • Degree: BS in Computer Science
     • Mayor: Computer Science
     • Minor: Math


2005-Current, Nedley Clinic, Ardmore, OK
     • Director of Research
     • Oversees research of lifestyle therapies (Nutrition, exercise, rest, CBT, etc) on depression for the Nedley Depression Program
     • Research for lifestyle related books
     Frequent speaker in conferences, radio and TV programs
     • Private medical practice
2011-2012, IMSS Clinic, San Felipe, MX
• Directed various research project on dietary change and cholesterol
     • Lifestyle and family medicine consultations
     • Started diabetics club for the town
     • Establish lifestyle changes at the biggest industry in town
     • Weekly health lectures in two congregations
2010, ISSSTECALI Hospital and General Hospital, Ensenada, MX
     • Directed research paper on factors that influence deliveries
     • Hospital duties
2000-2005, The Heartgood Foundation, Kongsberg, Norway
Therapist and Teacher
     • Treatments for lifestyle program guest
     • Imparted health classes for private School
     • Voting member of executive board
1999, New Life Institute, Auburn, CA
Therapist and IT
     • Treatments to guest during lifestyle programs
     • Imparted lectures to community and lifestyle guests
     • Designed office network system
     • Instructed workers on the usage of IT resources
1997-1999, Black Hills Health & Education Center, Hermosa, SD
Lifestyle therapist & IT
     • Provided treatments for guests
     • Regular lecturer at the lifestyle center
     • Maintained IT resources
1995-1997 , Desert Springs Therapy Center, DHS, CA
Office Manager
     • Oversaw the business operation
     • Teacher at the Massage School
     • Accounting and billing for the clinic
     • Translator during lectures
     • Maintain IT systems

His research interests include: Lifestyle interventions and their ability to change disease outcome, depression, nutrition and gastroenterology.


• Former founding member of the ethics committee of the medical school
• Health Expo Ardmore, OK A group that organizes community wide free health educational program

1. Ramirez FE, Olafsson S, Nedley N and Lively D. Su1602 A Change in Anesthesia Protocol for GI Endoscopic Procedures Decreased the Workload of a GI Lab. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2014; 79(5): AB229-AB229.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2014.02.346
2. Ramirez FE, Irizarry AO, Olafsson S and Nedley N. Tu1418 Nurse-Administered Propofol Sedation Without an Anesthesiologist Was Safe in 1,233 Endoscopic Cases in a Small Community Hospital in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2013; 77(5): AB533-AB533.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2013.03.899

Sergio Martinez Monteagudo, PhD

Departments of Food Science and Technology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

• (2008-2013)- PhD, Bioresources and Food Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
• (2003-2005)- M.Sc. Food Science & Technology, Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico

Job Experience

• (2013- Present)- Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University
• (2006-2008 )- Director, Center for Dairy Industry Technology and Developing (Mexico)
• (2005-2006 )- Customer Service Representative, Teleperformance (Mexico)
• 2004 - Quality inspector, RES international company (Mexico)
• (2002-2003 )- Undergraduate internship, Agroindustrias San Antonio de los Arenales SA de CV (Mexico)

His research interests involves the application of a new technology, high-pressure thermal treatment, to obtain functional milk with superior quality obtained with traditional treatments.


• AFNS travel award, Department of Agricultural and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Canada, 2013.
• Winter differential tuition award, Department of Agricultural and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Canada, 2013.
• Second best oral presentation in the In 24th Canadian conference on fats and oils, September 26-27th, 2011, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
• CONACYT Scholarship, Government of Mexico, Mexico, 2010-2012
• Graduate Research Assistanship Fund, Department of Agricultural and nutritional science, University of Alberta, Canada, 2009
• Graduate Research Assistanship Fund, Department of Agricultural and nutritional science, University of Alberta, Canada, 2008
• Winner of partners in Excellence, Teleperformance, Mexico, 2007
• Winner seven times the Quality award, Teleperformance, Mexico, 2006
• National prize in Food Science and Technology, Coca-Cola Company, Mexico, 2005
• CONACYT Scholarship, Government of Mexico, Mexico, 2004-2006
• Winner of new Food products development. Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico, 2002

1. Martinez-Monteagudo SI, Saldana MDA, Gaenzle M. Pressure and temperature effects on the inactivation of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and storage stability of conjugated linoleic acid milk. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies. 2014.doi: 10.1016/j.ifset.2014.05.003
2. Martinez-Monteagudo SI, Khan M, Saldana MDA, Temelli F. Obtaining milk fat fraction enriched in conjugated linoleic acid and trans-vaccenic acid. International Dairy Journal. 2014; 36(1): 29-37. doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2013.12.010
3. Martinez-Monteagudo SI, Saldana MDA. Retention of bioactive lipids in heated milk: experimental and modeling. Food and Bioproducts Processing. 2014.
4. Martinez-Monteagudo SI, Saldana MDA. Modeling the retention kinetic of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) during high-pressure sterilization. Food Research International. 2014; 62: 169-176. doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2014.02.014
5. Martinez-Montegudo SI, Salais-Fierro F. Moisture Sorption Isotherms and Thermodynamic Properties of Mexican Mennonite-Style Cheese. Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2012; 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s13197-012-0765-1.
6. Martinez-Monteagudo SI, Saldana MDA, Torres JA, Kennelly JJ. Effect of pressure assisted thermal sterilization on conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content in CLA-enriched milk. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies. 2012; 16: 291-297. doi: 10.1016/j.ifset.2012.07.004
7. Martinez-Monteagudo SI, Saldana MDA, Kennelly JJ. Kinetics of non-isothermal oxidation of anhydrous milk fat rich in conjugated linoleic acid using differential scanning calorimetry. Journal of thermal Analysis and calorimetry. 2012; 107(3):973-981. doi: 10.1007/s10973-011-1649-8
8. Martínez-Monteagudo SI, Leal-Davila M, Saldana MDA, Torres JA, Welti-Chanes J. Nuevas Tecnologias para la industria de alimentos en Mexico utilizando la alta presion hidrostatica. Parte II. Industria Alimentaria. 2011; 33(1): 44-48.
9. Martínez-Monteagudo SI, Leal-Davila M, Saldana MDA, Torres JA, Welti-Chanes J. Nuevas Tecnologias para la industria de alimentos en Mexico utilizando la alta presion hidrostatica. Parte I. Industria Alimentaria. 2010; 32(6): 34-38.
10. Valdez-Fragoso A, Martínez-Monteagudo SI, Salais-Fierro F, Welti-Chanes J, Mujica-Paz H. Vacuum pulse-assisted pickling whole jalapeno pepper optmimization. Journal of Food Engineering. 2007; 79(4):1261-1268. doi: 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2006.04.041

Amir Ali Khoddamzadeh, PhD

Department of Earth and Environment
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St, AHC-5 391
Miami, FL 33199, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Khoddamzadeh is Instructor in the Department of Earth and Environment at the Florida International University, FL, USA. Earlier, he worked as a Research Scholar in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University. He graduated in the field of Agricultural Biotechnology in 2011 from University Putra Malaysia and worked as an Assistant Professor for about two years at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and in Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran. His doctoral dissertation focused on a relatively new methodology for tissue culture, application of molecular markers for somaclonal variation detection, synthetic seed production and cryopreservation in orchid. He also worked on drought stress, ecophysiological effects on seed and plant characteristics of soybean cultivars during his masters.
As a previous faculty in research institute, all of his research proposals were based on the growers and industries need. As the previous team lead and researcher of a biotechnology knowledge-based company, he always tried to link the science achievement with industry requirements. He has experience in conducting research trials, analyzing data, and summarizing/publishing results. He has taught different courses (such as general plant biology, botany fundamental, and techniques in plant molecular biology) and supervised few student final projects and thesis in undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Khoddamzadeh has published more than 10 papers in peer reviewed journals and three more have been submitted. He also awarded some grants.

His research interests include: Molecular marker, Tissue culture, Synthetic seed production and seed testing, Cryopreservation, Histology and scanning electron microscope, Fruit trees, Ornamentals, Gene banking, Medicinal plants, Sensors.

Memberships in Professional Societies

• American Society for Horticultural Science
• Society For In Vitro Biology
• The Society for Conservation Biology
• American Seed Trade Association
• MidSouth Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Society
• Agriculture Biotechnologist in Malaysia
• Genomic Association in Malaysia
• Seed Technologist in Malaysia
• Seed Association of Iran

1. Khoddamzadeh AA, Sinniah UR, Lynch P, Kadir MA, Kadzimin SB, Maziah M. Cryopreservation of Protocorm-Like Bodies (PLBs) of Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson by Encapsulation-Dehydration. Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture. 2011; 107 (3): 471-481.doi: 10.1007/s11240-011-9997-4
2. Khoddamzadeh AA, Sinniah UR, Kadir MA, Kadzimin, SB, Maziah M. Invitro Induction and Proliferation of Protocorm-Like Bodies (PLBs) from Leaf Segments of Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson. Plant Growth Regulation. 2011; 65(2): 381-387. doi: 10.1007/s10725-011-9611-0
3. James Antony JJ, Sinniah UR, Ceong CL, Pobathy R, Khoddamzadeh AA, Sreeramanan S. Selected potential encapsulation - dehydration parameters on Dendrobium Bobby Messina protocorm - like bodies using TTC analysis. Australian Journal of Crop Sciences. 2011; 5 (13): 1817-1822.
4. Sreeramanan S, Sinniah UR, Khoddamzadeh AA, Periasamy S, James J. Fundamental concept of cryopreservation using Dendrobium sonia-17 protocorm-like bodies by encapsulation-dehydration technique. African Journal of Biotechnology. 2011; 10 (19): 3902-3907.
5. Khoddamzadeh AA, Sinniah UR, Kadir MA, et al. Detection of Somaclonal Variation by Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Analysis During Micropropagation of Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson. African Journal of Biotechnology. 2010; 4(90): 6632-6639.
6. Khoddamzadeh AA, Sinniah UR, Kadir MA, Kadzimin SB, Maziah M. Synthetic Seed Production: Establishment of a Short-term Storage Method via Encapsulation of PLBs in Phalaenopsis bellina (Rchb.f.) Christenson. Seed Science and Technology. 2011; 39 (3): 697-702.
7. Zainudin M, Julkifle AL, Khoddamzadeh AA, et al. Preliminary analysis on cryopreservation of Dendrobium/Bobby Messina orchid using an encapsulation-dehydration technique with Evans blue assay. African Journal of Biotechnology. 2011; 10(56): 11870-11878.

Noel D. Aldrich, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Graduate Health Sciences
Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W 84th St
Bloomington, MN 55431, USA

BiographyResearch InterestScientific ActivitiesPublications

Dr. Aldrich is the founder and senior consultant with Nutrition Proportion, a private clinical nutrition service in the United States providing holistic nutrition solutions for chronic diseases. He regularly teaches various nutrition topics to the public, and has been a faculty member at many institutions including North-western Health Sciences University and the University of North-western. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota researching the effect of protein intake on weight maintenance in mid life adults.

His research interests include: Research quality standards of whole foods and the application of whole food therapies to chronic disease resolution. He believes significant answers to the growing health crises around the world can be identified in quality foods, quality food preparation, and quality dietary habits.

Professional Organizations

• 2008 - present: Member of American Society for Nutrition
• 2008 - present: Member of Weston A. Price Foundation
• 2013 - present: Licensed Nutritionist, N211 State of Minnesota

1. Aldrich N, Reicks M, Sibley S, Redmon B, Thomas W, Raatz S. Varying protein source and quantity does not significantly improve weight loss, fat loss, or satiety in reduced energy diets among midlife adults. Nutrition Research Journal. 2011; 31: 104-112. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2011.01.004.
2. Aldrich N, Perry C, Thomas W, Raatz S, Reicks M. Perceived importance of dietary protein to prevent weight gain: A national survey among midlife women. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2013; 45: 213-221. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2012.08.002.