Principle Investigator

Dr. Yangchao Luo is an Associate Professor of Food Science and Nanotechnology at the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Luo is also an affiliated faculty member at UConn Institute of Materials Science (IMS). In 2019, Dr. Luo was recognized as one of the world's Most Highly Cited Researchers in the field of Agricultural Sciences, by the Clarivate Web of Science.

  • Postdoctoral Associate, 2013, in Food Science and Technology, University of Tennessee, TN
  • Ph.D. 2012, in Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • M.S. 2009, in Food Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
  • B.S. 2006, in Food Science, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, Hunan, China

Current Lab Members — Ph.D. Students

Jingyi Xue

Jingyi Xue

Xinhao Wang

Xinhao Wang

Bai Qu

Bai Qu (original)

Honglin Zhu

Honglin Zhu

Yi Wang

Current Lab Members – M.S. Students

Pingxu Qin

Pingxu Qin

Ruijie (Jack) Zhang

Ruijie Zhang

Beifang Li

Beifang Li

Muyao Du

Muyao Du

Current Lab members – Visiting Scholars

Former Lab Members

Ph.D. Students

  • Qiaobin Hu (2019) - Current position: Associate Professor of Food Nutrition, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, China
  • Taoran Wang (2019) - Current position: Scientist at Beyond Meat (Los Angeles) since 2021; Postdoc of Food Science and Technology, Oregon State University (2019-2021)

M.S. Students

  • Erika Fleming (2021) - Current position: Medical student at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (New Jersey)
  • Mingyong Zhou (2018) - Current position: Scientist at By-Health (汤臣倍健), China

Visiting Scholars

  • Dr. Fumin Ma (visiting scholar, 01/2020 - 04/2021) - Changchun University, Changchun, Jilin, China
  • Dr. Zhenshun Li (visiting scholar, 09/2019 - 09/2020) - Yangtze University, Jingzhou, Hubei, China
  • Wusigale (visiting PhD student, 09/2018 - 09/2019) - Jiangnan University, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Dr. Chao Chang (visiting scholar, 08/2016 - 02/2017) - Wuhan Polytechnic University, Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Marco Veneranda (visiting PhD student, 05/2016 - 08/2016) - University of the Basque Country, Spain

Undergraduate Students

  • Alexander Sun
  • Pingxu Qin (current MS student)
  • Erika Fleming (current MS student)
  • Holly Parker
  • Zishan He
  • Wen Zhang
  • Yuhao Chen
  • Nikolas Rodriguez
  • Justine Inzero
  • Saifei (Sohpie) Xi
  • Hannah Gerhard
  • Shin Soyama
  • Lorrin Liang   
  • Keiona Khen
  • Syed Naqvi
  • Mingyong Zhou (graduated as a MS student)
  • Siqi Hu