Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Spotlight on Morgan Kandrac, recipient of the 2022 Hans Kaunitz Award

We are delighted to announce that Morgan Kandrac is the recipient of the 2022 Hans Kaunitz Award. This award recognizes students conducting research related to fats, oils and detergent technology.

About Morgan Kandrac

Morgan Kandrac

Morgan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University under the advisement of Dr. Karen Schaich. Her doctoral research involves the development of analytical assays for identification and quantification of lipid oxidation products, investigation of lipid oxidation mechanisms and development of strategies for improved control of lipid oxidation in foods. Morgan holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rider University and a master's degree in food science from Rutgers University.

Can you tell us about your current research?

My current research investigates alternate oxidation pathways in model lipid systems to determine the effects of fatty acid double bonds and organization into triacylglycerols on oxidation pathway preferences and product distributions.

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

I was very surprised. I am grateful for my advisors who took the time to recommend me and thankful to AOCS for this acknowledgment of my work.

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

AOCS has afforded me many opportunities to learn and grow as a professional. I've been able to present research papers and posters, co-chair a session at an AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, and connect with and learn from many other researchers. AOCS's publications have been invaluable in my research.

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