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Qiaoru Dong

Qiaoru Dong
Graduate
qd44@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Qingrong Huang, Ph. D.
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Qiaoru Dong

My name is Qiaoru Dong, a master’s student from Dr. Huang’s lab. My current research interest is the fabrication of protein-based Pickering high internal phase emulsions. And my future research interest will be focusing on the potential applications of Pickering HIPEs in nutraceutical delivery systems, 3D printing, and fabrication of protein-based porous materials.

Yongjia Gong

Yongjia Gong
Graduate
yg343@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
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Yongjia Gong

My research focuses on the modulation of gut microbiota by dietary fibers. Gut microbiome is an emerging field which incorporates food technologies, nutrition, microbiology, immunology and much more, which could confer benefits to human health. I am excited to be part of this research.

Zisheng Han

Zisheng Han
Graduate
zh172@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Chi-Tang Ho, Ph. D.
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Zisheng Han

My name is Zisheng Han and I am a graduate student from the Department of Food Science. My instructor is Dr. Ho and I am studying on food chemistry. My research focuses on flavor and chemistry of tea, which is mainly produced in my home country, China. It has been really an honor to meet and share with everybody here!

Fangcheng Jiang

Fangcheng Jiang
Graduate
Advisor: Qingrong Huang, Ph. D.
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Fangcheng Jiang

I am Fangcheng Jiang, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Huang’s lab. My research will be focused on improving bioavailability of phytochemicals using Pickering emulsions stabilized by whey protein isolate fibrils.

Karina Lewerissa

Karina Lewerissa
Graduate
kl620@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
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Karina Lewerissa

I am Karina Lewerissa, a PhD student at Dr. Ludescher’s lab. My current research focuses on monitoring protein dynamics in Glucokinase enzyme using phosphorescence technique. Phosphorescence technique has been widely used to provide detailed information related to molecular mobility. Understanding molecular mobility is essential to understand the stability of protein. In this project, I am using tryptophan amino acid to monitor the molecular motions of the enzyme.

Qianru Liu

Qianru Liu
Graduate
ql161@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
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Advisor: Qingrong Huang, Ph. D.
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Qianru Liu

Qianru Liu, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Qingrong Huang’s lab; Graduated from South China University of Technology (SCUT) with a master’s degree in Food Science; Research Experience: (1) Antimicrobial biodegradable films for active food packaging and sustainable packaging applications; (2) Nano-emulsions using natural polysaccharides as efficient stabilizers, which can be potentially used in the food and cosmetic industries; (3) developed formulations for helping poorly soluble phytochemicals delivery in functional food or drugs; (4) novel Pickering type walnut butter with natural antioxidant.

Eric Lorenz

Eric Lorenz
Graduate
Ejl143@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Mukund V. Karwe, PH. D.
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Eric Lorenz

Eric works full time at PepsiCo in Valhalla, NY in Global Beverages R&D. Eric’s been at PepsiCo for 8 years; during that time, his focus has been on flavor concentrate manufacturing technologies for existing brands and new innovation. Current research: modeling plasma activated water (PAW) and plasma activated mist (PAM) and their use as antimicrobials.

Yue Luo

Yue Luo
Graduate
yl1181@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Chi-Tang Ho, Ph. D.
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Yue Luo

Yue Luo completed her bachelor in Food Science at Hong Kong Baptist University and is currently a third-year Ph.D. student at Rutgers. She is focusing on exploring unsolved problems of Maillard reaction and flavor chemistry. Her doctoral dissertation aims to conduct preparation, stability, and flavor formation profile of Amadori rearrangement products. She is passionate about combining academic knowledge and interest in food science to solve particle problems and bring in novel ideas.

Shiekha Mittal

Shiekha Mittal
Graduate
shiekha.mittal@gmail.com
Advisor: Karen M. Schaich, Ph. D.
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Shiekha Mittal

Shiekha Mittal is a graduate student at Dr. Schaich’s Lab in the department of Food Science at Rutgers University, NJ. She is dedicated, willing to face challenges, solve problems and meet the business and consumer demands. Shiekha is currently employed at Campbell Soup Company, Camden, NJ. There she is actively involved in analysis and development of new products by ensuring all formulations, manufacturing procedures, and nutrition are top-notch.

Joseph Panarisi

Joseph Panarisi
Graduate
jrp11@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Chi-Tang Ho, Ph. D.
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Joseph Panarisi

Joseph Panarisi, PhD. student under Dr. Ho. I live in Manalapan, NJ and have a BS in Food Science, 1989 and MS in Food Science, 1991 from Rutgers. My career in the food industry spanned from 1991-2019 in R&D leading innovation in companies like IFF, Wise Foods, Bestfoods, Unilever, Johnson and Johnson and Heartland Foods achieving the level of Vice President. I’m currently serving as the chairman of the Rutgers Food Science graduate alumni committee.

Joseph Scarsella

Joseph Scarsella
Graduate
jbs220@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Thomas G. Hartman, Ph. D.
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Joseph Scarsella

Joseph is a PhD student under the advisement of Dr. Thomas Hartman. His doctoral research involves the development of mass spectrometric methods for identification and quantification of migratory isocyanates and primary amines from polyurethane lamination adhesives used in food packaging materials. His other research interests include the determination of migratory chemical species from energy-curable inks and coatings used in food packaging, the incorporation of recycled plastics into food-contact materials, and the improvement of methods to ensure regulatory compliance of food packaging materials. He has earned both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Food Science from Rutgers University.

Michael Shen

Michael Shen
Graduate
mxs3@sebs.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Paul Takhistov, Ph. D.
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Michael Shen

My name is Michael Shen and I am a graduate student working with Dr. Takhistov. Overall, my research interest focuses on examining the surface properties of food products to improve quality. Currently, my research centers around comparative analysis of non-nutritive sweeteners in carbonated beverages through theoretical modeling of carbonic acid mass transfer. I am also actively involved in the Food Science community as the acting president of GSA 2020-2021 as well as assisting in teaching food product development and food product technology.

Aishwarya Vengatesan

Aishwarya Vengatesan
Graduate
aishwarya.vengatesan@rutgers.edu
Advisor: Karl R. Matthews, Ph. D.
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Aishwarya Vengatesan

I am Aishwarya Vengatesan, a master’s student in Dr. Matthews’ lab. With increasing food-borne disease outbreaks in the past decade, my current research at Rutgers focuses on eliminating food borne pathogens seafood and food contact surfaces using photosensitization method. This non-thermal process preserves the nutritional quality of the product and its organoleptic properties whilst enhancing its safety. I am also the Vice President of the Food Science GSA where we bring exciting opportunities to the graduate students.

Shuo Yuan

Shuo Yuan
Graduate
sy362@sebs.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Kit L. Yam, Ph. D.
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Shuo Yuan

Hi, my name is Shuo Yuan. I am currently working for a phD degree in Dr. Yam's lab. My research interests are on sustainable food packaging, sustainable food systems, and controlled release packaging for fresh produce. I am also a part-time lecturer assisting Dr. Ponnusamy in various undergradaute classes.

Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang
Graduate
nz81@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Advisor: Thomas G. Hartman, Ph. D.
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Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang, is a part-time Ph.D. graduate student from Dr. Thomas G. Hartman’s Lab. She obtained her Master Degree from Rutgers Food Science Department in 2014 and had worked in the area of analytical chemistry for chemical specialty industry and pharmaceutical industry. Her current research focused on development and validation of generic food packaging migration testing analytical methodology.