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Dr. Yanbin Yin joins FDST

Dr. Yanbin Yin
The Department would like to welcome new faculty member, Dr. Yanbin Yin. Dr. Yin joins as an associate professor. His research looks to develop new computational tools for genomics research and characterize important genetic elements in genomes and metagenomes to enhance their biotechnological and biomedical applications and understand genome biology/evolution. Dr. Yin's office is located in FIC 253, and he can be contacted at 402-472-4303 and

Fall 2018 Graduates

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The Department would like to congratulate all of the students who will be graduating this December.

Jenna Krager, B.S., FDST
Madeline Kramp, B.S., FDST
Thanh Le, B.S., FDST
Sue Mae Lee, B.S., FDST
Erica Lewis, B.S., FDST
Alexis Rienks, B.S., FDST
Yijun Zhang, B.S., FDST

CarlyRain Adams (Weller) M.S.
Steve Kaiser (Ciftci) M.S.
Car Reen Kok (Hutkins) M.S.
Hollman Motta Romero (Zhang) M.S.
Fatima Alessa (Schlegel) Ph.D.
Rachana Poudel (Rose) Ph.D.
Luis Sabillon Galeas (Bianchini/Stratton) Ph.D.
Ali Uberyitogullari (Ciftci) Ph.D.

Have a safe Thanksgiving. 

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The Department wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  The University offers free guides and information on food safety for the holidays.  Information and guides are available at

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Recent Publications

Chen, L. (2019, February). Radio-Frequency Pasteurization of Low-Moisture Foods: Critical Process Control Parameters. Food Safety Magazine, 13-15.

Jayasena, S., S. S. K. Wijeratne, S. L. Taylor, and J. L. Baumert. 2019. Improved extraction of peanut residues from a wheat flour matrix for immunochemical detection. Food Chem. 278:832-840.

de Jong, G. A., S. Jayasena, P. Johnson, J. Marsh, D. Apostolovic, M. van Hage, J. Nordlee, J. Baumert, S. L. Taylor, C. Roucairol, H. de Jongh, and S. Koppelman. 2018. Purification and characterization of naturally occurring post-translationally cleaved Ara h 6, an allergen that contributes substantially to the allergenic potency of peanut. J. Agr. Food Chem. 66:10855-10863.

Piepenbrink KH. DNA Uptake by Type IV Filaments Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, section Molecular Recognition 2019 (in press).

Poudel R, Finnie S, Rose DJ. 2019. Effects of wheat kernel germination time and drying temperature on compositional and end-use properties of the resulting whole wheat flour. Journal of Cereal Science 86:33-40.

Ronish LA, Lillehoj E, Fields JK, Sundberg EJ, Piepenbrink KH. The structure of PilA from Acinetobacter baumannii AB5075 suggests a mechanism for functional specialization in Acinetobacter type IV pili. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2019 Jan 4;294(1):218-230. Epub 2018 Nov 9. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.005814. PMID: 3041353.

Sheehan, W. J., S. L. Taylor, W. Phitatanakul, and H. A. Brough. 2018. Environmental food exposure: what is the risk of clinical reactivity from cross-contact and what is the risk of sensitization. J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. In Practice 6:1825-1832.

Wang, L.; Zhang, Y., Heat-induced self-assembly of zein nanoparticles: fabrication, stabilization and potential application as oral drug delivery. Food Hydrocolloids 2019, 90, 403-412.

Wang, L., Xue, J., Zhang, Y., Preparation and characterization of curcumin loaded caseinate/zein nanocomposite film using pH-driven method. Industrial Crops and Products 2019, 130, 71-80.

Ziara, R. M., Miller, D. N., Subbiah, J., & Dvorak, B. I. (2019). Lactate wastewater dark fermentation: The effect of temperature and initial pH on biohydrogen production and microbial community. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44(2), 661-673. doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.11.045

Recent Funding

Devin Rose, Stephen Baenziger, Kaustav Majumder, Melanie Downs, “Characterizing Protein Digestibility and Celiac Antigenicity of Historical and Modern Wheats.” The Andersons Research Grant Program. $150,000

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