The Honored Student Award, Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation, encourages and recognizes graduate students doing excellent research. This spotlight will introduce you to Yunbing Tan, Graduate Student University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, one of the 2021 Honored Students.
Can you tell us about current research?
I am investigating the factors impacting the bioaccessibility of oil-soluble vitamins with a focus on food matrix effects. There is still limited understanding of how food matrix effects impact lipid digestion and the gastrointestinal fate of nutraceuticals. The objective of my research is to systematically examine the impacts of the majoring factors influencing lipid digestion and nutraceutical bioaccessibility using food emulsions as model foods with well-defined properties. Bioaccessibility is a critical indicator for the overall bioavailability of hydrophobic nutraceuticals, which refers to the fraction of nutraceuticals that is released from the oil droplets and is in a form available for absorption by epithelium cells. In this work factors such as oil droplet concentration, oil droplet size, oil phase digestibility, triacylglycerol type, emulsifier type, calcium level and chitosan concentration were evaluated, and shown to influence the bioaccessibility of lipophilic nutraceuticals to different degrees.
What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award?
I am extremely glad that I get this honor from AOCS. This honor works as great momentum for my future study.
How has AOCS helped develop your career?
The AOCS annual meeting attracts experts and companies focusing in oil and fat. It provides a valuable opportunity for us "oil scientists" to get in touch with each other and to get to know the innovative discovery in the field of oil released research.
Meet our honored student
Yunbing Tan will be presenting her paper on the "Impact of Food Matrix Effects on Lipid Digestion and β-Carotene Bioaccessibility" at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 3-14, 2021