2017 GSA Officers





1.   President: Kevin Tveter
PhD candidate, Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Diana Roopchand
Room 220, Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH)
Email: kevin.tveter@rutgers.edu

Hey everyone! My name is Kevin Tveter and I am a second year Ph.D. student in Dr. Roopchand’s lab.
I completed my Bachelor of Science (BS) here at Rutgers: New Brunswick in Food Science: Research Option and decided to pursue my Ph.D. because of the phenomenal faculty, staff and research opportunities provided to us at this institution. Throughout my undergraduate and the beginning of my graduate studies I have been involved with both the Undergraduate Food Science program and Graduate Student Association (GSA) enjoying as many opportunities for networking, community events and social events as I could.
I decided to run for President in order to play a major role in creating and organizing these memorable opportunities for all students interested in the GSA and Food Science program. In addition, I hope to educate others about our major and genuinely spread the enjoyment that I was lucky enough to experience from becoming involved with the Food Science Program and GSA.
Lastly, I want to empower all of our graduate students to reach out and utilize the opportunities GSA presents for them, because we are an organization that strives to not only help create a welcoming environment, but a resource to help our students foster their education and career goals in a fun manner.
Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns or recommendations. Thank you!

2.  Vice President: Revati Narwankar
MS candidate. Advisor: Dr. Nilgun Tumer
Room 204C, Foran Hall
Email: rmn68@scarletmail.rutgers.edu


Hey everyone! My name is Revati Narwankar and I am a MS student in Dr. Tumer's lab. I am an international student from India. My undergraduate degree is in Biotechnology Engineering. My interest in food science stems from the variety of exposure to plant and food sciences in my undergraduate. My current research is in food safety in the plant biology field. I am working on Shiga toxins (Stxs) produced by Shigella and E. coli (STEC) that cause food-borne outbreaks and are major concerns for public health.
I have been an active member of the GSA and helped in organizing many events in the past year. It was a fun and engaging experience and I would like to continue to do so. I am very excited to be the Vice-President this year and look forward to making this a great year! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the GSA events. Thank you

3.  Treasurer: Yingyi Guo
Ph.D. Candidate, Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Pavlo Takhistov
Food Science


Hi! I am a Ph.D. student in Dr. Takhistov’s lab. My research focus is on food engineering, and my life’s focus is on food. Another very important thing in my life is sports. The GSA has created lots of opportunities for networking and has helped me get connected with the community and diverse groups of people. I sought to be elected Treasurer because I feel like giving back to this association and sharing the its benefits amongst other current, prospective and future incoming new students. As the treasurer, I will make sure our funds are put to good to ensure quality GSA operation. I look forward to our working together. Let’s have a fun year. Thank you!

4.  Secretary: Shiwei Su
Ph.D. Candidate, Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Ron Huang
Food Science


Hi everyone. I am Shiwei Su, a PhD student in Dr. Huang’s lab. My current research is focused on the transformation mechanism of bioactive compounds in aged Citrus peel(Chenpi), as well as the development of brand new fermented citrus peel products.
During the past year, I have been actively engaged in GSA. It has provided me with lots of opportunities to have fun, to be involved in our big Food Science Family, and to meet students with diverse cultural backgrounds. It is an honor, for me, to be the secretary of GSA and I am going to try my best to help our students and to give back to our department.
You’re welcome to join GSA activities and have fun with us together. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I am looking for your suggestions for GSA or GSA events. Thank you!