Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Spotlight on 2022 Biotechnology Division Student Award winners

The Biotechnology Division Student Award recognizes graduate students presenting outstanding oral or poster presentations within the Biotechnology technical program at the AOCS Annual Meeting. We are delighted to recognize this year's winners! Get to know them in the spotlights below:

About Jiazi Chen

Jiazi Chen

Jiazi Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Food Science at Jinan University. As a graduate student at Jinan University, Jiazi began working in Professor Yong Wang’s lab and later started her doctoral studies in 2020. Jiazi also studied in Professor Dérick Rousseau’s lab at Ryerson University, Canada, for six month as an exchange student in 2017.

Can you tell us about your current research?

I am researching the delivery of bioactives encapsulated by medium-long chain diacylglycerol (MLCD) oil-in-water (O/W) Pickering emulsions. My future research plan also focuses on delivery systems composed with diacylglycerol. I am interested in establishing a new efficient system to deliver bioactives not only for cosmetic application but also for the development of functional foods.This system can deliver bioactives stably and efficiently, and at the same time is a healthy natural functional food. I have authored and co-authored six research articles and one Chinese patent.

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

I was so excited and could not wait to share it with my major advisor and lab mates. I shared this good news with my family and my lovely daughter.

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

The AOCS Annual Meeting has played a big role in my research life. I clearly remember the first time I took part in the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting (Orlando, USA) and shared a oral presentation.This experience gave me lots of opportunity to learn from experts in the field of lipid science and greatly improved my presentation skills. The Annual Meeting gave me many new ideas for my future research and allowed me to build great connections and friendships with other researchers.

About Xin Guo

Xin Guo

Xin received his M.S. degree in food science and technology from Jiangnan University in 2020. He is a second year Ph.D. candidate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests include lipid chemistry, analysis methods and flavor chemistry. He has developed a broad range of experimental and scientific experiences during his research. He has three SCI academic publications as the first author, which include publications in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry and Food & Function. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry and Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. Additionally, he has participated in several scientific research projects, including projects with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Can you tell us about your current research?

My current research focuses on the analysis of microplastics in oils and fats. My project is designed to (1) develop analytical methods for determining microplastic content in oils and fats and (2) investigate human ingestion of microplastics through oils and fats.

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

I was very excited. I thank the AOCS Awards committee for their recognition of my hard work and achievement.

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

As an international professional organization, AOCS provides me current and emerging information and research results in the fields of fats and oils through its meetings, publications, and websites. I first learned about AOCS when I started my master career in Jiangnan University. AOCS is also the bridge facilitating interactions between the academic world and students. It gives us the opportunity to meet more professionals through conferences and events, and also gives us the opportunity to collaborate with other societies and organizations to promote the advancement of scientific research in this amazing field.

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