Friday, February 19, 2021

Spotlight on Yanting Shen, recipient of the 2021 Hans Kaunitz award

The Hans Kaunitz Award recognizes students conducting excellent research related to AOCS interest areas.

Yanting (Tina) Shen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University. Tina also holds bachelor and master degrees in Food Science from K-State. She is currently working in the Cereal Chemistry Lab under supervision of Dr. Yonghui Li. Her research is focused on functional improvement of plant proteins for food uses. She has authored or co-authored 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered presentations at annual conferences organized by the  IFT, AOCS, Cereals& Grains Association. She has received external awards including the 2nd place in the International Division Malcolm Bourne poster competition at the IFT20 (virtual),  the AOCS Lipid Oxidation and Quality (LOQ) Division Student Travel Grant in 2019, and KC-IFT Outstanding Doctorate Student Scholarship Award in 2018. Her future plan is to work as a scientist in research and development at a food ingredient company.

Can you tell us about current research?

I am working on modification of plant proteins and improving their functional properties for food applications

What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award?

I felt honored. This is greatly appreciated. I am grateful to AOCS community and organization.

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

AOCS has helped me carve my research and future career in this cereal chemistry field and benefited me in pursuing my Ph.D. degree in grain science.

Meet the recipient of the Kaunitz Award and learn more about her research

Yanting (Tina) Shen is presenting her work on 'Modulating intermolecular interactions of pea protein isolate to improve its functional properties' at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

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