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Yanyun Zhao

Yanyun Zhao

Oregon State University

Oregon State University, USA


Dr. Yanyun Zhao is a Professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology, Oregon State University (OSU) with combined research, Extension and education responsibilities in value-added food processing. She received her BS and MS from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (former Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Engineering) in 1982 and 1987, respectively, and PhD from Louisiana State University in 1993. She then joined Iowa State University as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (1993-1995) and an Assistant Professor (1995-1996). Following that, Dr. Zhao was a Senior Research Assistant Professor in the Food Innovation Center, OSU (1997-1999) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Connecticut (1999-2001). Since 2001, Dr. Zhao has been appointed as a Associate Professor (2001-2006) and Professor (2007-present) at OSU. As the author or co-author, Dr. Zhao has generated over 90 peer-reviewed publications, including 65 journal articles, 17 book chapters, 5 proceeding, and 5 Extension articles. She has also edited 2 books, hold/filed 5 patents, and provided over 30 workshops and/or short courses to the processed fruit and vegetable industry. Dr. Zhao is a 2012 Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), editorial board member of the Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, former Chair of IFT Peer Reviewed Communication Committee and IFT Fruit and Vegetable Products Division, and four times of review panelist for the USDA NRI research and Integrated Food Safety grant programs


Value-added food processing by utilization of emerging food processing and packaging techniques; Development, characterization, and application of edible and biodegradable packaging materials; Use of edible coating, vacuum impregnation, and infusion technique for developing high quality, longer shelf-life, and value-added fruit and vegetable products; Quantification of bioactive compounds and antioxidant capacity of small fruit and fruit products associated with post-harvest storage and processing