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Students & Staff

Graduate Students:

Josh Bernin Current Ph.D. Student. Expected date of graduation: December 2026.
Project: Product development and extrusion cooking.

Chalida Cholmaitri Exchange Ph.D. Student from Thailand

Marina Ikuse Current Master’s Student – The expected date of graduation is Spring 2023.
Project: Extrusion Processing


Julianne Kummer Current Master’s Student – Expected date of graduation December 2023
Project: Effectiveness of surfactants in enhancing the efficacy of the antimicrobials

Mahvash Rezaey Current Master’s Student – The expected date of graduation is Spring 2023.
Project: Finding the correlation between the composition and functional characteristics of the Nuna beans and their popping ability


Jana Richter, Current Ph.D. Student. Expected date of graduation: Fall 2023.
Project: Understanding the molecular interactions between the major food polymers, including starch, protein, and fiber, as impacted by extrusion processing

Lovepreet Singh Current Master’s Student – The expected date of graduation is December 2023.
Project: Effect of Direct Steam Injection and pH change on the functionality of milk protein concentrate powders.

Gabriely Soncin Alfaro Current Master’s Student – The expected date of graduation is Spring 2023.
Project: Quality characteristics and applications of novel wheat varieties


Caleb Wagner Current Ph.D. Student. Expected date of graduation: December 2024.
Project: General food extrusion processing, effect of dietary fiber addition to meat analog, physical mechanisms of texturization and fiber formation in high moisture meat analog, product development.


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

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

Debomitra Dey, Ph.D. – Graduated May 2022. Current position:  Extrusion Specialist at CW Brabender, Inc.

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

Pichmony Ek, Ph.D Graduated: December 2021.  Current position:  Faculty of Chemical and Food Engineering, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Bon-Jae Gu, Ph.D. – Graduated in December 2019 Current Position: Assistant Professor, Kongju National University, South Korea

Kejia Gu, MS Graduated December 2021

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

Ewa Pietrysiak, Ph.D. – Graduated Spring 2020, Current Position: Scientist at Benson Hill.

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

Irene Rangira, MS Graduated May 2020.  Ph.D. student in Canada.

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

Yujing Zhu, MS Graduated Spring 2019

 

Staff:

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

Tonia Green
Research Intern
Email: tonia.green@wsu.edu
509.335.2845

 

Katarzyna Skrzypczak – Post Doctoral Research Associate.  Plant Protein Modification


Laboratory Alumni:

Nattapon Kaisangsri – Exchange Ph. D. Student from Thailand
Peter Gray – Technical Staff – Retired
Ilce ‘Gaby’ Medina-Meza – Post Doctorate 2014-2016 Research Topic: Thermal Processing of Foods. Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Bhim Thapa – MS student at Washington State University
Isuru Wijesekara – Post Doctorate 2014-2015. Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
Angelina Zack – Post Doctorate 2021-2022.  Current Position:


Current Undergraduate Students:

  • Breana Downs, Summer 2022 to date. Junior. Biology. Pacific Lutheran University
  • Margaret McGlothern, Spring 2021 to date. Junior. Food Science. WSU
  • Natalie Christine Camerino, Fall 2021 to date. Sophomore. Food Science. WSU
  • Bradley Stephen Lubeck, Fall 2019 to date. Senior. Food Science. WSU.


Undergraduate Student Alumni:

  • Marek Alexander Fitos-Link, Fall 2021. Freshman. Food Science. WSU.
  • Luuvan Nguyen Hoang, Spring 2019 to Spring 2022. Senior. Food Science. WSU.
  • Elizabeth Bitar Nalbandian, Fall 2019 to Fall 2022. Senior. Food Science. WSU.
  • Alissa Marie Jilk, Fall 2020 to Spring 2021. Junior. Ag. Ed.. WSU.
  • Elea Joy Van Weerdhuizen, Fall 2019 to Spring 2021. Junior. Ag. Ed.. WSU.
  • Marina L Ikuse, Spring 2019 to Spring 2021. Senior. Food Science. WSU.
  • James Lawrence, Fall 2019 to Spring 2020. Senior. Food Science. WSU.
  • August Scellick Wavra, Summer 2019 to Spring 2020. Senior. Food Science. WSU.
  • Ivy Klopher. Summer 2018 to Summer 2020. Senior. Food Science. WSU.
  • Preston Watanabe. Fall 2017 to Fall 2019. Junior. Food Science. WSU.
  • Lauren Rose Rooney. Summer 2019 to Spring 2020. Food Science. WSU.
  • Rebeca Velasquez Morales. Summer 2019 to Fall 2019. Food Science. WSU.
  • Christopher Kerr.  2019. School of Chemical Engineering, WSU.
  • Julianne Kummer. 2019. Food Science, WSU.
  • Greg Housley. 2018. Food Science, WSU.
  • Katy Lobeda. 2018. Food Science, Virginia Tech.
  • Lyssa Blood. 2018. Electrical Engineering, Gonzaga University.
  • Cristen Frieszell. 2018. Food Science, WSU.
  • John Johnson. 2018. Food Science, WSU.
  • Serena Ranney. 2018. Food Science, WSU.
  • Jacob Hause. 2018. Food Science, WSU.
  • Victoria Wilk. 2017. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • Arjun Dangi. 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.