APBI 398 Research Methods course – Mentors needed


Hi all,

We hope that this note finds you well!

We (Dan Weary, Nina von Keyserlingk, and Joey Krahn) are teaching a course this fall (APBI 398) that aims to give 3rd year undergraduate students some exposure to research methods in aspects of applied biology, with the hope of preparing them for a more intensive research experience in their 4th year.

A requirement for the course is that students volunteer on a research project for a minimum of 20 hours (the specifics can be decided depending upon the needs of the mentor and mentee).

This is a great opportunity to have a student assist you with an aspect of your project – it does not necessarily mean they need to have their own experiment.

We’d be very grateful if you’d be willing to help mentor one or more students. Students who took the course last year really enjoyed this experience, and developed skills and interests that better prepared them to become thesis or directed studies students the following year.

Over the next few weeks students might be contacting you about opportunities – we do hope you will be willing to speak with students from this course that contact you. We would be grateful if you could send us a short summary of your projects. We are also hoping that you might be willing to give a 5-minute talk about your work to the class on Monday, September 12th at about 3:45 pm. Let us know if you would be available for this!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Joey (joey.krahn@ubc.ca)!


Dan, Nina, and Joey


Results of the 2022-2023 LFS Major Awards competition


Thanks to all LFS graduate students who applied for the 2022-2023 LFS Major Awards competition.  All major awards have been offered and accepted by the winners except for the Western Grains Research Foundation Scholarship in Land and Food Systems which is pending receipt of funding from the donor.


Thesis Defense – Food Science – PhD – Kaiwen Mu



The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
(Food Science)

Kaiwen Mu

Role of Phenolic Acids on Intestinal Epithelial Cell Signaling and Functionality ”

Thursday, August 25th, 2022 – 10:00 AM

350, HR MacMillan Building, 2357 Main Mall

Attendance requirements:

  • Approximately 30 audience members will be allowed.


Chair: Dr. M. von Keyserlingk

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. D. Kitts – Supervisor
Dr. S.Wang – Committee member
Dr. Z. Xu – Committee member
Dr. R. Yada – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. D. Kitts – Supervisor
Dr. S. Wang – Committee member
Dr. S. Castellarin – University Examiner
Dr. B. Stefanska – University Examiner
Dr. T. Beta – External Examiner


update – Invitation to lunch and Roundtable – Food Science Hire


Dear graduate students,

Further to my email yesterday, I’ve included info regarding the candidates, including their research and teaching seminars (below).  We hope you can attend the seminars (preferably in person!).  Once again, if you would like to attend the grad lunches, please let me know (melanie.train@ubc.ca).




Dr. Guodong Zhang, Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology, National University of Singapore

Dr. Guodong Zhang received his Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Prof. Kirk L. Parkin (2010) and performed postdoctoral research at the University of California-Davis with Prof. Bruce D. Hammock (2010-13). He was an Assistant Professor (2013-2019) and Associate Professor (with tenure, 2019-2021) at the Department of Food Science of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2021, he moved to National University of Singapore (NUS) and he is currently Dean’s Chair Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science & Technology at NUS.  Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on the roles of bioactive lipids and environmental compounds on gut microbiota, colonic inflammation, and colon cancer. Since 2013, his independent research has led to >60 publications, including several corresponding-author papers in high-impact journals such as Science Translational Medicine, Nature Communications, Cancer Research, PNAS, Redox Biology, and Gut Microbes. His independent research has also led to 2 US patent applications. He has received Foods Young Investigator Award (2021), Outstanding Young Scientist Award in Honor of Samuel Cate Prescott, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) (2020), and Young Scientist Research Award, American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) (2019).  His students have won >30 research awards, including Rising Researcher Award of UMass-Amherst (the highest undergraduate research at UMass), Byron Prize Award for best Ph.D. Dissertation of UMass-Amherst, and Best Postdoctoral Publication Award of Society of Toxicology (SOT).

Research Seminar:  How to reduce the risks of colonic inflammation and colon cancer?  Development of dietary strategies and identification of dietary risk factors

August 23, 9:30-11:00 am

Food, Nutrition and Health Building, Room 60


Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Ipd-mvqjMtH9FVdSuDn9Wx9clf1esHuKGZ


Teaching Seminar:  Food Chemistry – Water Activity

August 24, 10:00–11:00 am

Food, Nutrition and Health Building, Room 60


Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Aucu6gqDgvGNPylZeVid9pb5SSEqWai24E


Graduate Student Lunch and Roundtable

August 24, 11:45am-1:00pm

Food, Nutrition and Health Building, Room 220


Dr. Joana Pico Carbajo, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wine Research Centre, UBC

Dr. Joana Pico obtained her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Valladolid (Spain). She was a postdoctoral scholar in the Food Engineering department at the University of Guelph, and she is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Wine Research Center of the University of British Columbia. She has been visiting researcher at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Fondazione Edmund Mach (Italy), Purdue University (IN, USA), and Plants for Human Health Institute (NC, USA).  Dr. Pico’s research is aimed at determining food quality using Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, with a strong focus on the bioactivity and flavor of functional foods. She is especially interested in understanding which phenolic compounds are involved in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases with the objective of optimizing food processing conditions that preserve those compounds and maximize the health benefits of foods. Dr. Pico has published an invited book chapter and 36 peer-reviewed articles in Food Science/Food Chemistry Q1 journals, she has been a guest lecturer of FOOD 521 and APBI 442 at UBC, and she was awarded as one of the best “mentors of the year” at the UBC-REX mentorship program in 2022.

Research SeminarPlant dietary bioactives: developing health-promoting foods with a delightful flavor

September 1, 9:30–11:00 am

Earth Sciences Building 2012 – 2207 Main Mall


Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Ylfu6gpjIuH9apXlyuL1MsUtMnczKjPR1B

Teaching SeminarWater activity and its implications for food safety, sensorial, and nutritional quality

September 2, 10:00–11:00 am

Earth Sciences Building 2012 – 2207 Main Mall


Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5IldO2orTIoG9VjSQCp9ACFBM5Fv5vPZbhp

Graduate Student Lunch and Roundtable

September 2, 11:45am-1:00pm

Food, Nutrition and Health Building, Room 220


Dr. Andrea Liceaga, Associate Professor of Food Science, Purdue University

Dr. Andrea Liceaga is an Associate Professor of Food Science and the Director of the Sensory Evaluation Laboratory at Purdue University. Her research program aims to develop approaches for the application of emerging protein sources, such as insects, novel crops, and agriculture by-products. Her research includes extraction methods, protein structure-function interactions, bioactive peptides, protein allergenicity, sensory evaluation and consumer attitudes towards emerging proteins. Dr. Liceaga earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Engineering and Food Processing Management at the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico, and Master of Science in food microbiology and Ph.D. in food chemistry from The University of British Columbia, Canada.

Research SeminarUnlocking the potential of emerging protein sources: From sustainable ingredients to foods for health

September 6, 9:30–11:00 am

Food, Nutrition and Health Building, Room 60


Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5AlfuquqDgsE9LHruZO7UKvM_qAvgwKcTZr

Teaching SeminarWater activity and its role in manipulating a food system

September 7, 10:00–11:00 am

GEOG 200, 1984 West Mall


Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YsdOqgrjopHNJKIMdKYCc6JDFxK_ysbpW6

Graduate Student Lunch and Roundtable

September 7, 11:45am-1:00pm

Food, Nutrition and Health Building, Room 220


Dr. Vassilis Kontogiorgos, Senior Lecturer in Food Chemistry, The University of Queensland, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Dr. Vassilis Kontogiorgos is a food scientist by training. He received all his degrees in Food Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (BSc and MSc) and the University of Guelph, Canada (PhD).  He has worked as an NSERC research fellow at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Canada) and as a faculty member at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield (UK), before joining the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland (Australia) as a teaching and research academic in food chemistry.  Dr. Kontogiorgos’ research interests are focused on food carbohydrate chemistry and food structuring. He is an associate editor of Food Hydrocolloids and Food Biophysics and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK).

 Research SeminarFood Material Science: Material Characterisation and Structure Analysis

September 8, 9:30–11:00 am

Earth Sciences Building 1012 – 2207 Main Mall


Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5UpfuGorz0vGNIflI39rIASJ_5kMXRp3ewZ

 Teaching Seminar:  Water Activity

September 9, 10:00–11:00 am

HEBB 116, 2045 East Mall


Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Mqfu2rrz0rEtDVLy3vkG60391yLQ1MDLk4

Graduate Student Lunch and Roundtable

September 9, 11:45am-1:00pm

Food, Nutrition and Health Building, Room 220


Melanie Train
Faculty Liaison | Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
248-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604-822-3105 | Fax 604-822-6394
Email:  melanie.train@ubc.ca