Dr. Kinuko Miyazaki was awarded the 2021 JSBBA Award for Women Corporate Researchers at the recent meeting of the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry (JSBBA).
Dr. Miyazaki is recognized for her pioneering research in the detection of MCPD esters and glycidol esters in oil using an enzymatic approach. She is the co-developer of a joint JOCS/AOCS Method that AOCS adopted in 2019, Joint JOCS/AOCS Official Method Cd 29d-19, “2-/3-MCPD Fatty Acid Esters and Glycidyl Fatty Acid Esters in Edible Oils and Fats by Enzymatic Hydrolysis”.
She is also the co-developer of Joint JOCS/AOCS Recommended Practice Cd 29e-19, “2-/3-MCPD Fatty Acid Esters and Glycidyl Fatty Acid Esters in Fish Oils by Enzymatic Hydrolysis”.
In addition, Dr. Miyazaki has developed methods for detecting these process contaminants in finished foods; the method is currently being translated and will be submitted for approval as an AOCS method when the paper in English has published.
In the photo Scott Bloomer, AOCS Technical Services Director, is presenting her with official copies of her two Joint JOCS/AOCS methods in the lobby of the House Foods Research Center in Japan.
JSBBA is a participating member of the Japan Inter-Society Liaison Association Committee for Promoting Equal Participation of Men and Women in Science and Engineering (EPMEWSE), and through its Diversity Promotion Committee is actively engaged in activities to overcome the gender gaps in the research field of JSBBA.
Congratulations Dr. Miyazaki!