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Students & Staff

Graduate Students:

Debomitra Dey

Current Ph.D. Student. Expected graduation Fall of 2021
Project: Fiber and Starch Polymer interactions: A Fundamental Approach to Improving the Quality of High Fiber Extruded Consumer Products

Pichmony Ek

Current Ph.D. Student: Expected date of graduation December 2020
Project: Molecular Interactions Between Fiber and Starch Biopolymers during Extrusion Expansion

Julianne Kummer – Current Master’s Student – Expected date of graduation December 2020
Project: Effectiveness of surfactants in enhancing the efficacy of the antimicrobials


Ewa Pietrysiak

Current Ph.D. Student: Expected date of graduation December 2020
Project: Strategies to Reduce Microbial Loads on Apples in Fresh Packing Process


Irene Rangira

Current Master’s graduate student.  Expected graduation date of Spring of 2020
Project: Extrusion Processing of Fractionated Pea Ingredients


Graduates:

Nicole Aluwi, MS – Graduated: May 2016
Current Position: Scientist, Lundberg Family Farms, Chico, CA

Nancy D. Asen, MS – Graduated: May 2017
Current Position: Graduate Student, Canada

Gaurav Dhumal, MS – Graduated: December 2017
Current Position: Extrusion Scientist, Chew Innovation, Boston, MA


Sravya Kallu, MS – Graduated: August 2015
Current Position: Product Development Scientist, Beyond Meat, Los Angeles, CA

Ryan Kowalski, Ph.D – Graduated: May 2017
Current Position: Research Associate, Ingredion Inc., Bridgewater, NJ

Chongjun Li, MS – Graduated: May 2016
Current Position: Product Development Scientist, Lucks Food Decorating Co., Tukwilla, WA

Maria Dian Pratiwi Masli, MS – Graduated: May 2017
Current Position: Product Development Scientist, Jakarata, Indonesia

Trent Millin, MS – Graduated: July 2014
Current Position: Product Development/QA Manager, Valley Processing Inc., Sunnyside, WA

Siyuan Wang, Ph.D – Graduated: December 2017
Current Position: LSG Sky Chefs-BWI Quality Assurance Supervisor

Yujing Zhu Lab Photo

Yujing Zhu, MS Graduated Spring 2019

Staff:

Elvis Baidoo, MS
Project: Extrusion Processing Characterization of Quinoa Varieties
Cathy Blood

Cathy Blood
Events Coordinator
Email: blood@wsu.edu
509.335.2845

Peter Gray
Research Technologist II
pmgray@wsu.edu
509.335.7608

Gu, Bon-Jae

Bon-Jae Gu, Ph.D.
Post Doctorate
2019-2021
Research Topic
: Extrusion Processing of Plant Based Meats.


Laboratory Alumni:

Nattapon Kaisangsri
Exchange Ph. D. Student from Thailand

Ilce ‘Gaby’ Medina-Meza
Post Doctorate 2014-2016
Research Topic: Thermal Processing of Foods
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Bhim Thapa
Lab Technician

Isuru Wijesekara
Post Doctorate 2014-2015
Research Topic: Value-added Processing of Pomace
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka


Current Undergraduate Students:

Natalie Deland, Summer 2019. Senior. Food Science, WSU
Marina Ikuse. Summer 2019. Sophomore. Food Science, WSU
Ivy Klopher. Summer 2018 to date. Senior. Food Science, WSU
Rebeca Velasquz Morales. Summer 2019 to date. Senior, WSU
Preston Watanabe. Fall 2017 to date. Junior. Food Science, WSU


Undergraduate Student Alumni:

John Johnson. 2018. Food Science, WSU
Serena Ranney. 2018. Food Science, WSU
Jacob Hause. 2018. Food Science, WSU
Greg Housley. Summer 2018. Food Science, WSU
Victoria Wilk. Summber 2017. Pre-med, Vassar College
Arjun Dangi. Summer 2017. Mechanical Engineering, WSU
Henry Campbell. 2017. Food Science, WSU
Puspita Hamijoyo, 2017. Food Science, WSU
Arianne W. Kreger.  2017. Food Science, WSU
Oscar R. Ulloa. 2017. Food Science, WSU
Kristen Sparkman.  2016. Food Science, WSU
Chongjun Li. 2015. Food Science, WSU
Jacob Blaylock. 2015. Food Science, WSU.
Lyssa Blood. 2018. Electrical Engineering, Gonzaga University.
Cristen Frieszell. 2019. Food Science, WSU.
Christopher Kerr. 2019 School of Chemical Engineering, WSU.
Katy Lobeda. Summer 2018. Junior. Food Science, Virginia Tech.