Lili He, assistant professor of Food Science, recently received the Young Scientist Awardat the 16th World Congress of Food Science and Technology held in Iguassu Falls, Brazil.
The award is sponsored by the International Union of Food Science and Technology, the global scientific organization for food science and technology supporting programs and projects to increase the safety and security of the worlds food supply.
Its Young Scientist Award is given biannually to seven early career food scientists under age 35 around the world who best exemplify food science and technology excellence.
He was nominated by the Institute of Food Technology and was recognized for her research in the field of food safety and defense. She has developed several innovative techniques based on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for rapid (within 30 minutes) detection of food contaminants such as pesticides, allergens and bioterror agents in foods and on the surface of food processing equipment.
Her research is funded by the Department of Homeland Security through the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Photo:IUFoST President Geoffrey Campbell-Platt presents the Young Scientist Award to Lili He.