IAFP – 2023

Our lab attended the IAFP (International Association of Food Protection) 2023 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada! Our graduate students presented a total of 8 posters and everyone enjoyed the first international travel after the pandemic!

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Dr. Luo received 2023 CAHNR Excellence in Research Award

Every year the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and the College Alumni Board recognize the accomplishments of our distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and supporters.

Dr. Luo is the recipient of 2023 CAHNR Excellence in Research Award. This award is designed to recognize UConn CAHNR faculty members and/or staff, demonstrating a superior commitment to an on-going research program. Please read more about this on UConn Today. In 2020, Dr. Luo was awarded the Donald M. Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award designed to recognize superior teaching by early-career UConn CAHNR faculty members - read more about this on UConn Today.


Dr. Luo Named to the World’s Highly Cited Researcher List, Again

Dr. Luo has been recognized by Web of Science as the most Highly Cited Researchers in 2021 across the globe, ranked among top 1% by citations! Please read the News @ UConn Today. There are only six University of Connecticut professors who have received this recognition.

The 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list, released recently by the Web of Science Group, identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top one percent by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.

Dr. Luo has been named to the World's Most Highly Cited Researcher List in 2019 and 2021.

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Lab Alum Taoran Wang featured on UConn Today


Read the story at UConn Today.

Taoran Wang is combining her life-long passion for food with her UConn education to expand innovation for plant-based food company, Beyond Meat.

Wang came to the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources from China to earn her master’s degree in allied health sciences. During her time in the master’s program, Wang realized she had a passion for food science and decided to continue her education at UConn. Wang completed her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences in 2019.

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New Food Safety Lab

Our new Food Safety Lab (in Jones Building) has now been finally inspected and approved by Connecticut Department of Public Health for conducting research activities on pathogenic bacteria. The lab has also received a full approval from UConn Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and now it is up and running. We are excited to establish a new research program to study how nanotechnology can aid food industry to tackle microbiological safety and quality challenges.

Promotion and Tenure to Dr. Luo

During the Board of Trustees Meeting today (April 28, 2021), the Board voted to approve Dr. Luo’s promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, effective August 23, 2021. Congratulations to Dr. Luo on reaching a significant milestone in his academic career! Read the celebration message from Provost here.

Excellence Awards Featured on UConn Today

The College of Agriculture, Health, and, Natural Resources (CAHNR) held their annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on March 31, 2021 honoring, faculty, students, and alum for their contributions to the College, research, and community. Faculty and students from the Department of Nutritional Sciences have received multiple awards in 2020 and 2021. Our department holds the largest number of awards among eight academic departments in the college. From our lab, Jingyi Xue won the CAHNR Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award in 2021, and Dr. Luo was awarded the Donald M. Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020. Please read the story at UConn Today here.