FNH Graduate Seminar Series

Overview

FOOD 500/600 and HUNU 531/631: The FNH Graduate Seminar is an important component of graduate training, with objectives
and learning outcomes that are unique compared to other graduate courses. Seminar presenters gain experience and confidence
in communicating information on complex scientific topics to an audience with a diverse background. In addition, attending
the weekly Graduate Seminar provides the opportunity to become informed about and engage in discussions on a variety of topical
issues in Food Science and Human Nutrition, many of which are not addressed in other course work.  It is also an opportunity
to learn about research activities of students throughout the Food Science and Human Nutrition graduate programs.

The Grad Seminar takes place Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.

Presentation Resources

Please submit your abstract two weeks in advance of your presentation date to the appropriate Faculty member:
Email: firstname.lastname@ubc.ca

Term Faculty Member Responsible
Food Science Human Nutrition
Term 1 Rickey Yada & Anu Pratap Singh Barbara Stefanska
Term 2 David Kitts & Siyun Wang Tamara Cohen

 

Please note: if you are unable to attend a date that you are assigned to, it is your responsibility to find a replacement/arrange a switch with another student and to update the instructors in charge.

2021W Term 1 Schedule HUNU Seminars

Zoom link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/67165965551?pwd=WVFCV0ZkOXBJRWFzUWc2RkluWEVTZz09

Seminar Date 2021 Attending Group Presenters Seminar Type
Wed Sep 15 ALL Welcome and Introduction
(Term 1 Coordinators)
Wed Sep 22 No seminar this week
Wed Sep 29 No seminar this week
Wed Oct 6 HUNU TBD Guest Speaker
Wed Oct 13 HUNU Tony Yang
Topic: BRUNOL5 as a novel oncogene epigenetically regulated by pterostilbene in primary liver cancer
Proposal
Wed Oct 20 HUNU Seri Niimi-Burch
Topic: Middle class mothers’ experiences and perceptions of school lunch: labor, care, and responsibility
Results
Wed Oct 27 HUNU Maryam Kheirmandparizi
Topic: Intuitive eating in relation to gestational weight gain
Open Topic
Wed Nov 3 HUNU Dr. Tabitha Martens, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Topic: The processes and practices of Indigenous food systems
Guest Speaker
Wed Nov 10 No seminar this week (UBC midterm break Nov 10 – Nov 12)
Wed Nov 17 HUNU Dr. Dorothy Teegarden,
Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
Topic: Vitamin D and cancer metastasis
Guest Speaker
Wed Nov 24 HUNU Adelia Jacobs Proposal
Wed Dec 1 HUNU Dr. Nana Gletsu Miller
School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, USA
Topic: Nutritional interventions targeting obesity-related disease
Guest Speaker

2021W Term 2 Schedule HUNU Seminars

Zoom link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/67165965551?pwd=WVFCV0ZkOXBJRWFzUWc2RkluWEVTZz09

Seminar Date 2022 Attending Group Presenters Seminar Type
Wed Jan 12 HUNU Zoe Alexandra Lofft Proposal
Wed Jan 19 HUNU Alysha Deslippe Open Topic
Wed Jan 26 HUNU TBD
Wed Feb 2 HUNU Andy Amandeep Bains Proposal
Wed Feb 9 HUNU TBD
Wed Feb 16 HUNU TBD
Wed Feb 23 No seminar this week (UBC midterm break Feb 21 – Feb 25)
Wed Mar 2 HUNU Maryam Kheirmandparizi Proposal
Wed Mar 9 HUNU Cayla Boycott Open Topic
Wed Mar 16 HUNU Raihan Hassen Proposal
Wed Mar 23 HUNU Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA
Topic: Epigenetics diet and disease prevention
Guest Speaker
Wed Mar 30 HUNU Hadis Mozaffari Progress
Wed Apr 6 HUNU Adelia Jacobs Results

2021W Term 1 Schedule FOOD Seminars

Zoom link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/67165965551?pwd=WVFCV0ZkOXBJRWFzUWc2RkluWEVTZz09

Seminar Date 2021 Attending Group Presenters Seminar Type
Wed Sep 15 ALL Welcome and Introduction
(Term 1 Coordinators)
Wed Sep 22 No seminar this week
Wed Sep 29 No seminar this week
Wed Oct 6 FOOD1 Thomas Brenner
Topic: Characterization of Bacteriophages as a Novel Antimicrobial Strategy for Salmonella enterica in the Poultry Industry
PhD Progress
FOOD2 Yuran Zhang
Topic: Identifying the core structure of legume protein amyloid fibrils
MSc Proposal
Wed Oct 13 No seminar this week
Wed Oct 20 No seminar this week
Wed Oct 27 FOOD1 Ronit Mandal
Topic: Numerical modeling, simulation and microbial validation of continuous-flow pulsed UV light system for liquid food processing
PhD Results
FOOD2 Dr. Alberto Baldelli Guest Speaker
Wed Nov 3 No seminar this week
Wed Nov 10 No seminar this week (UBC midterm break Nov 10 – Nov 12)
Wed Nov 17 FOOD1 Catherine Wong
Topic: Probing the Bacteriophage-Salmonella enterica Interaction on Fresh Produce
PhD Progress
Wed Nov 24 FOOD1 Lanxin Mo MSc Results
FOOD2 Yunxuan Chen MSc Results
Wed Dec 1 FOOD 1 Mithun Dey PhD Open Topic
FOOD 2 Chantapakul Bowornnan PhD Proposal

2021W Term 2 Schedule FOOD Seminars

Zoom link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/67165965551?pwd=WVFCV0ZkOXBJRWFzUWc2RkluWEVTZz09

Seminar Date 2022 Attending Group Presenters Seminar Type
Wed Jan 12 FOOD1 Sungil Ferreira
Topic: Scaling up microencapsulation by complex coacervation
Guest Speaker
FOOD2 Allie Schneider
Topic: Endogenous Glycation of Pea Protein to Enhance its Solubility and Thermal Stability for Beverages
Guest Speaker
Wed Jan 19 FOOD 1 Yutong Ye PhD Proposal
Wed Jan 26 FOOD1 Rocio Zamora MSc Results
FOOD2 Justin Falardeau PhD Results
Wed Feb 2 FOOD1 Thomas Guy MSc Proposal
Wed Feb 9 FOOD1 Mithun Dey PhD Proposal
FOOD2 Elia Lopez MSc Proposal
Wed Feb 16 FOOD1 Andrew Sanders MSc Results
Wed Feb 23 No seminar this week (UBC midterm break Feb 21 – Feb 25)
Wed Mar 2 FOOD1 Yigong Guo PhD Results
FOOD2 Langfang Shi PhD Proposal
Wed Mar 9 FOOD1 Jiangning He MSc Proposal
Wed Mar 16 FOOD1 Lennie Cheung PhD Progress
Wed Mar 23 FOOD1 Yuran Zhang MSc Results
FOOD2 Brenner Thomas PhD Results
Wed Mar 30 FOOD1 Amelie Zhang MSc Results
FOOD2 Xanyar Mohammadi PhD Open Topic
Wed Apr 6 FOOD1 Fan Bu PhD Proposal

2020W Term 2 Schedule

 

Seminar Date 2021 Attending Group Presenters Seminar Type
Wed Jan 13 ALL   Welcome back and intro to new students
(Term 2 Coordinators, Crystal Karakochuk and Christine Scaman)
Wed Jan 20 FOOD1 Luyao Ma Results
FOOD2 Yuran Zhang Open topic
Wed Jan 27 FOOD1 Cassendra Chen Proposal
FOOD2 Andrew Sanders Proposal
Wed Feb 03 ALL Guest Speaker:  Dr. Levente Diosady, Food Engineering, U of Toronto
Topic:  Process development and scale-up for salt fortification
Wed Feb 10 FOOD1 Amelie Zhang Proposal
FOOD2 Lennie Cheung Open topic
Wed Feb 17 No seminar this week (UBC Midterm Break, Feb 16-19)
Wed Feb 24 FOOD Lanxin Mo Open topic
HUNU Brock Williams Progress
Wed Mar 03 ALL Guest Speaker:  Sarah Turner, PhD Candidate, Vanier Scholar, Azad Lab, U of Manitoba
Topic:  Breastmilk contribution to infant neurological development
Wed Mar 10 HUNU Kexin Zhang Results
HUNU Svilena Lazarova Open topic
Wed Mar 17 FOOD1 Marlen Petersen Results
FOOD2 Maryam Shojaei Results
HUNU Adelia Jacobs Open topic
Wed Mar 24 FOOD1 Linda Lu Results
FOOD2 Yigong Guo Progress
HUNU1 Hadis Mozaffari Proposal
HUNU2 Cayla Boycott Proposal
Wed Mar 31 FOOD Rocio Silva Proposal
HUNU1 Katia Caballero Results
HUNU2 Abrar Turki Results
Wed Apr 07 FOOD1 Xanyar Mohammadi Results
FOOD2 Ronit Mandal Progress
HUNU Svilena Lazarova Proposal
Wed Apr 14 FOOD1 Cassendra Chen Open topic
FOOD2 Sara Zamani Results
HUNU Svilena Lazarova Results

2020W Term 1 Schedule

 

Seminar Date 2020 Attending Group Presenters Seminar Type
Wed Sep 16 (first seminar date) ALL FNH Graduate Seminar faculty: “Welcome and introduction to our new Online FNH Graduate Seminar”
Wed Sep 23 ALL Cyprien Lomas and Duncan McHugh, of the LFS Learning Centre: “Giving effective online presentations”
Wed Sep 30 FOOD1 Lanxin Mo Proposal
FOOD2 Marlen Petersen Open topic
HUNU No HUNU seminar this week
Wed Oct 07 FOOD1 Alejandro Leiva Results seminar
FOOD2 Rocio Silva Zamora Open topic
HUNU Kexin Zhang Proposal Seminar
Wed Oct 14 ALL Gilonne d’Origny: “Cellular Agriculture: An Introduction”; Andrea Lloyd, Sahan Ranamukha: Innovation UBC & e@UBC information session
Wed Oct 21 FOOD1 Linda Lu Proposal seminar
FOOD2 Ronit Mandal Open topic
HUNU No HUNU seminar this week
Wed Oct 28 ALL Brett Finlay: “Microbes and human health”
Wed Nov 04 FOOD1 Catherine Wong Open topic
FOOD2 Sara Zamani Open topic
HUNU Alejandra Wiedeman Guest Seminar
Wed Nov 18 FOOD1 Maryam Shojaei Open topic
FOOD2 Xanyar Mohammadi Open topic
HUNU Seri Niimi-Birch Open Topic Seminar
Wed Nov 25 FOOD1 Kaiwen Mu Results seminar
HUNU Amy Tan Proposal Seminar
HUNU Jordie Fischer Results Seminar
Wed Dec 02 FOOD1 Thomas Brenner Open topic
FOOD2 Yuritzel Moreno Open topic
HUNU Kelsey Cochrane Progress Seminar

2019W Term 2 Schedule

 

Seminar Date 2020 Topic Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker(s)
Wed Jan 08 1. Understanding leghemoglobin and its safety in plant-based meats 1. Yu Tong Linda Lu Open Topic Food Science Shenmiao (Ivy) Li
2. Degradation of mycotoxins using cold plasma at atmospheric pressure 2. Jingbin Zhang Open Topic Food Science Amelie Huiying Zhang
Wed Jan 15 —CANCELLED—
Wed Jan 22
*(3:30)
1. Is early exposure to cow’s milk-based infant formula associated with the development of cow’s milk allergy in breastfed infants? 1. Brock Williams Open Topic Human Nutrition Hadis Mozaffari
*(4:00) 2. Effects of vacuum microwave dehydration on the off-flavour intensity and functionality of pea protein 2. Philip Yen Results Food Science David Mahoney
*(4:30) 3. Changes in egg white protein functionality due to HPP (high pressure processing) 3. Alejandro Leiva Arrieta Open Topic Food Science Sara Zamani
Wed Jan 29 1. Epigenetic mechanisms of anti-cancer effects of dietary stilbenoids 1. Megan Beetch Results Human Nutrition Katia Caballero
2. The effect of low-carbohydrate diets on hemoglobin A1c level in patients with type 2 diabetes 2. Kexin Zhang Open Topic Human Nutrition Kaitlyn Samson
Wed Feb 05 1. Removing off-flavor compounds in pea protein isolate by lactic acid fermentation 1. Yuan Shi Results Food Science Lanxin Mo
2. Rapid determination of viable but non-culturable Campylobacter jejuni in agri-food products by loop-mediated isothermal amplification coupling propidium monoazide treatment 2. Marlen Petersen Proposal Food Science Ted Yu
Wed Feb 12 1. High-pressure processing as an intervention to alleviate the antigenicity of bovine milk 1. Ronit Mandal Open Topic Food Science Yu Tong Linda Lu
2. Impact of controlled atmosphere storage and biodegradable starch film on the postharvest quality and shelf-life of six commercial varieties of blueberries grown in British Columbia 2. Maryam Shojaei Proposal Food Science Jingbin Zhang
Wed Feb 19 No seminar this week (UBC Reading Week) ——— ——— ———
Wed Feb 26 1. Isolation and characterization of viable but non-culturable Campylobacter jejuni using Raman optical tweezer coupled with a microfluidic platform and single cell transcriptome sequencing 1. Kaidi Wang Proposal Food Science Kexin Zhang
2. Elucidating the membrane-disrupting and antimicrobial characteristics of the plant specific insert 2. Lennie Cheung Proposal Food Science Kaiwen Mu
Wed Mar 04 1. Application of novel techniques to devise nutritional therapies in patients with glycogen storage disease type I (GSD I) and phenylketonuria (PKU) 1. Abrar Turki PhD Progress Human Nutrition Kelsey Cochrane
2. How does high-intensity sweetener affect appetite? 2. Minghuan Xu Open Topic Food Science Maryam Shojaei
Fri Mar 06 
CANCELLED
Impact of controlled atmosphere storage and biodegradable starch film on the postharvest quality and shelf-life of six commercial varieties of blueberries grown in British Columbia Maryam Shojaei Proposal Food Science N/A
Wed Mar 11 1. Genome-wide association of Listeria monocytogenes adhesion at 8°C 1. David Mahoney Results Food Science Marlen Petersen
2. Investigation of cheese microflorae for the inhibition of L. monocytogenes growth in soft-ripened cheeses 2. Justin Falardeau PhD Progress Food Science Xanyar Mohammadi
Wed Mar 18 1. Development of novel molecularly imprinting chemosensors for the detection of food chemical hazards 1. Shaolong Feng Results Food Science Philip Yen
2. Chemistry of sweetness: Does chemoreception affect energy metabolic homeostasis? 2. Ted Yu Open Topic Food Science Seri Niimi-Burch
Wed Mar 25 1. Defining the role of phenolic acids in regulating macrophage redox status 1. Kaiwen Mu PhD Progress Food Science Tom Brenner
2. Rapid screening strategies for natural products dereplication 2. Yigong Guo Open Topic Food Science Catherine Wong
Wed Apr 01 1. Epigenetic regulation of enhancer regions in breast cancer cells in response to pterostilbene 1. Sadaf Harandi-Zadeh Results Human Nutrition Amy Tan
2. Identification of natural compounds to reduce the biofilm formation of Campylobacter by quorum sensing quenching 2. Ivy Shenmiao Li Results Food Science Lennie Cheung
Wed Apr 08 1. Pulsed light technology: A novel alternative for limiting SO2 usage in wine industry 1. Xanyar Mohammadi Proposal Food Science Brock Williams
2. The protective mechanisms of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) against necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants 2. Amelie Huiying Zhang Open Topic Food Science Yuan Shi
Thur Apr 09 MINI-SYMPOSIUM – 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
(15-min breaks at 10:00 am and 11:15 am)
9:00 am 1. The effect of once weekly folic acid supplementation on erythrocyte folate concentrations in women to determine potential to prevent neural tube defects: A randomised controlled dose-finding trial 1. Kaitlyn Samson Results Human Nutrition
9:30 am 2. Formation and characterization of legume protein amyloid fibrils 2. Sara Zamani Proposal Food Science
10:15 am 3. How can fish consumption and dietary intake of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids affect risk of inflammatory bowel diseases? A systematic review and meta-analysis 3. Hadis Mozaffari Open Topic Human Nutrition
10:45 am 4. Understanding the swelling behavior of single starch granules by using ParCS for starch gelatinization 4. Lanxin Mo Proposal Food Science
11:30 am 5. Intermittent fasting: Effects of time-restricted feeding on lean mass in resistance-training individuals 5. Jordie Fischer Open Topic Human Nutrition
12:00 noon 6. Exploring middle-income parents’ perceptions of a school meal program 6. Seri Niimi-Burch Proposal Human Nutrition
Tues May 12 (11:00 am) Impact of controlled atmosphere storage and biodegradable starch film on the post-harvest quality and shelf-life of six commercial varieties of blueberries grown in British Columbia Maryam Shojaei Proposal Food Science

2019W Term 1 Schedule

 

Seminar Date 2019   (FNH 60, 4:00pm) Topic Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker(s)
Wed Sept 18 Welcome / Orientation to the Course for ALL seminar participants Seminar course instructors Introduction general N/A
Wed Sept 25 1. Protein aggregation: From prions to food protein nanofibrils 1. Dr. Derek Dee Guest seminar Food Science Lennie Cheung
2. Could an optional assignment in a third-year international nutrition course influence students’ civic engagement up to 5 years after course completion? 2. Dr. Candice Rideout Guest seminar Human Nutrition Brock Williams
Wed Oct 02 1. The structural role of disulphide bridges in the Solanum tuberosum plant specific insert, a saposin-like protein 1. John Dupuis Results Food Science Karen Fong
2. Characterization of bacteriophages as a novel antimicrobial strategy for Salmonella enterica in the poultry industry 2. Tom Brenner Proposal Food Science Philip Yen
Wed Oct 09 1. Fortification of black tea by simultaneous microencapsulation of iron and zinc in whey proteins through spray drying 1. Alejandro Leiva Arrieta Proposal Food Science Catherine Wong
2. Does probiotic supplementation in healthy term infants contribute to improved development of the microbiota and immune system? 2. Kelsey Cochrane Open Topic Human Nutrition Sadaf Harandi-Zadeh
Wed Oct 16 1. Comparative analysis of Salmonella-infecting bacteriophages and characterization of bacteriophage-host interactions 1. Karen Fong Results Food Science Luyao Ma
2. Novel additive to enhance the retention of crop sprays 2. Minghuan Xu Results Food Science David Mahoney
Wed Oct 23 1. Epigenetic regulation of enhancer regions in breast cancer cells in response to pterostilbene 1. Sadaf Harandi-Zadeh Proposal Human Nutrition Abrar Turki
2. Effect of medical foods used in dietary management of patients with propionic acidemia (PROP) 2. Haneen Saleemani Results Human Nutrition Megan Beetch
Wed Oct 30 Microencapsulation as a technique for stabilization food bioactive compounds Dr. Marcin Andrzej Kurek Guest seminar Food Science Minguan Xu, Ronit Mandal
Wed Nov 06 1. Validation of Napping®, a rapid descriptive sensory evaluation technique 1. Philip Yen Open Topic Food Science Tom Brenner
2. Engineering bacteriocins for food applications 2. David Mahoney Open Topic Food Science Alejandro Leiva Arrieta
Wed Nov 13 Natural curing vs conventional curing: Is “natural” equal to better? Shenmiao (Ivy) Li Open Topic Food Science Justin Falardeau
Wed Nov 20 1. Non-thermal inactivation of lipoxygenase in soybean and soy products 1. Yuan Shi Open Topic Food Science Kaidi Wang
2. Probing the bacteriophage-Salmonella enterica interaction on fresh produce 2. Catherine Wong Proposal Food Science Yigong Guo
Wed Nov 27 1. Determining antibiotic-resistant profiles and mechanisms of Campylobacter by using microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technique and Raman spectroscopy 1. Luyao Ma PhD Progress Food Science Yuan Shi
2. Assessment of the protein quality of cereal grains in school-aged children 2. Katia Caballero PhD Progress Human Nutrition Amy Tan

2018W Term 2 Schedule

Seminar Date 2019 Topic Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker(s)
Wed Jan 9 1. Effects of vacuum microwave dehydration on the off-flavour intensity, functionality and nutritional properties of pea and soy protein isolates 1. Philip Yen Proposal FOOD Ivy Li
2. Characterization of Salmonella-infecting bacteriophages isolated from British Columbia, Canada 2. Karen Fong PhD progress FOOD John Dupuis
Wed Jan 16 1. Investigation of soft-ripened cheese microflorae for the inhibition of L. monocytogenes 1. Justin Falardeau Proposal FOOD Ronit Mandal
2. Is natural folate as effective as synthetic folic acid in maintaining serum and red blood cell folate concentrations during pregnancy? A proof-of-concept pilot study 2. Kelsey Cochrane Proposal HUNU Haneen Saleemani
Wed Jan 23 1. Characterization of verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli isolates and their susceptibility to bacteriophages 1. Yvonne Ma Results FOOD Luyao Ma
2. A natural non-nutritive sweetener and its effects on postprandial glucose control 2. Katia Caballero de la Pena Open-topic HUNU Shannon Steele
Wed Jan 30 1. Role of fructose in the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease 1. Haneen Saleemani Open-topic HUNU Fernanda Mujica Coopman
2. Is iron supplementation harmful in populations where iron deficiency is not the cause of anemia? A 12-week randomized controlled trial in Cambodia 2. Jordie Fischer Proposal HUNU Megan Beetch
Wed Feb 6 Using lipid-based enhancers to augment transmucosal bioavailability of encapsulated drug delivery systems (nanoemulsions and liposomes) Yigong Guo Proposal FOOD Kate Shen
Wed Feb 13 1. Novel additive to enhance the delivery of crop sprays 1. Minghuan Xu Proposal FOOD Yuan Shi
2. Vitamin D treatment reduces breast cancer cell proliferation and metastatic properties through alterations in glycolytic enzymes and metabolic genes 2. Sadaf Harandi-Zadeh Open-topic HUNU Kaitlyn Samson
Wed Feb 20 ——-No Seminar (Reading Week)——
Wed Feb 27 1. Re-evaluating folic acid supplementation in children with sickle cell disease: A double-blind randomized cross-over trial 1. Brock Williams Proposal HUNU Abrar Turki
2. Riboflavin deficiency and related health consequences among women of reproductive age 2. Abeer Aljaadi Results HUNU Justin Falardeau
Wed Mar 6 1. Plant-based dietary practices in Canada: Examining definitions, prevalence and determinants of animal source food exclusions in the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition 1. Mirah Valdes Results HUNU Mohammad Zubair
2. Identification of natural compound to reduce the biofilm formation of Campylobacter by quenching quorum sensing 2. Ivy Li Proposal FOOD Amy Tan
Wed Mar 13 1. The Role of Internalin A and Stress Survival Islet – 1 in Cold Stress Resistance and Biofilm Formation in Listeria monocytogenes 1. David Mahoney Proposal FOOD Philip Yen
2. The Effect of Untargeted Daily Oral Iron Supplementation on Leukocyte Telomere Length and Mitochondrial DNA Content in Cambodian Women 2. Shannon Steele Results HUNU Brock Williams
Wed Mar 20 1. Characterization of vineyard-associated Saccharomyces sp. and phenolic profiles of Pinot Noir grapes in the Okanagan Valley 1. Elaine Cheng Results FOOD Anestis Tzadinis
2. Detection and Speciation of Arcobacter Bacteria Using Raman Spectroscopy 2. Kaidi Wang Results FOOD Catherine Wong
Wed Mar 27 1. Prevalence and characterization of Campylobacter isolated from chicken products in metro Vancouver 1. Anestis Marios Tzanidis Results FOOD Minghuan Xu
2. Early maternal methyl nutrient status and their relationship with anthropometric measurements and DNA methylation of fetal growth and obesity-related genes in the offspring 2. Fernanda Mujica Results HUNU Mijana Valdes
Wed Apr 3 1. Enhancement Of Vitamin B12 Content In Yogurt And Its Effect On The Vitamin B12 Status In Older Adults 1. Larisse Melo Results HUNU Jordie Fischer
2. Development of Microfluidic Paper-based Analytical Devices for Rapid Detection of Chemical Hazards in Foods 2. Marti Hua Results FOOD Kaidi Wang
Fri Apr 5 Mini Symposium 1. Development of Innovative Strategies for the Control of Campylobacter jejuni in Agri-foods 1. Mohammed Hakeem Results FOOD Yigong Guo
2. L-Carnitine Supplementation in Patients with Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD): Is It Effective? 2. Abrar Turki Open-topic HUNU Kelsey Cochrane
3. Numerical modeling, simulation and microbial validation of a continuous pulsed light food processing system 3. Ronit Mandal Proposal FOOD Shaolong Feng
4. Removing volatile compound in plant protein isolate by lactic acid fermentation 4. Yuan Shi Proposal FOOD Kaiwen Mu

2018W Term 1 Schedule

Seminar Date 2018 Topic Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker(s)
Wed Sept 5 Welcome to the Course for ALL seminar participants Seminar course instructors Introduction general N/A
Wed Sept 12 Principles and applications of pulsed electric fields in food science and industry Dr. Artur Wiktor (guest speaker) Guest seminar general

Anestis Tzadinis

Philip Yen

Wed Sept 19 Therapeutic benefits of the ketogenic diet Dr. David Harper (guest speaker) Guest seminar general

Shannon Steele

Fernanda Mujica Coopman

Wed Sept 26 1. Development of innovative techniques for food authentication – The last barrier to prevent food fraud 1. Yaxi Results seminar FOOD Elaine Cheng
2. Early maternal methyl nutrient concentrations and their relationship with birth weight in South Asian and European pregnant women 2. Fernanda Mujica PhD progress seminar HUNU Megan Beetch
Wed Oct 10 When it isn’t the baby: Maternal factors and false positives in newborn screening Dr. Graham Sinclair (guest speaker) Guest seminar general

Kaitlyn Samson

Amy Tam

Wed Oct 17

A path less traveled: My journey from Kitimat, B.C. to hunting for Salmonella in rural California

Dr. Linda Harris (guest speaker) Guest seminar general

Catherine Wong

Kaidi Wang

Wed Oct 24 1. Does prenatal DHA supplementation improve cognitive outcomes in children? 1. Shannon Steele Open-topic seminar HUNU Larisse Melo
2. Defining the role of phenolic acids in regulating antioxidant and redox status and influence on intestinal epithelial cell functionality 2. Kaiwen Mu Proposal seminar FOOD Shaolong Feng
Wed Oct 31 1. The effect of seafood in kimchi fermentation 1. Yvonne Ma Open-topic seminar FOOD Lu Han
2. Vitamin C in alternative treatment of ulcerative colitis: A look at the preclinical evidence 2. Megan Beetch Open-topic seminar HUNU Kelsey Morgan
Wed Nov 7 1. Evolution of antimicrobial resistance in Campylobacter: A comprehensive study from the laboratory to the environmental microbial community and human microbiota 1. Luyao Ma Proposal seminar FOOD Kaiwen Mu
2. Antiviral activity of natural extracts against human norovirus surrogates 2. Elaine Cheng Open-topic seminar FOOD Yigong Guo
Wed Nov 14 1. Riboflavin Status and its interaction with Vitamin B-6 in older adult women in Metro Vancouver 1. Mohammad Saroar Zubair Results seminar HUNU Jordie Fischer
2. The three roles of sodium citrate in Turkevich method 2. Marti Hua Open-topic seminar FOOD Karen Fong
Wed Nov 21 1. Development of molecularly imprinting-sensors for the detection of food chemical hazards 1. Shaolong Feng PhD progress seminar FOOD Yvonne Ma
2. Does Omega-3 Supplementation Adjunct to Maintenance Treatment Decrease Mood Episode Severity in Bipolar Disorder? 2. Mirah Valdes Open-topic seminar HUNU Sadaf Harandi-Zadeh
Wed Nov 28 1. The use of electrolyzed water to inactivate foodborne pathogens 1. Anestis Marios Tzanidis Open-topic seminar FOOD Michelle Bex
2. Maternal vitamin B12 status in early pregnancy and its association with birth outcomes and newborn vitamin B12 status 2. Amy Tan Results seminar HUNU Katia Caballero
Wed Dec 5 1. Colonization and bacteriophage control of Salmonella on fresh produce 1. Catherine Wong Results seminar FOOD Marti Hua
2. Application of DNA-based Lateral Flow Immunoassay for Food Authentication 2. Kaidi Wang Open-topic seminar FOOD David Mahoney

2017W Term 2 Schedule

Seminar Date 2018 Topic Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker #1 Question Asker #2
Jan 3,10,17  No Seminar this week
Wed Jan 24  1. Investigating the potential risk of untargeted iron supplementation in Cambodian women 1. Shannon Steele Proposal HUNU Evan Trofimchuk Haneen Saleemani
 2. Examining school day dietary quality: An analysis of national dietary data from the 2004 and 2015 Canadian Community
Health Surveys (CCHS)
2. Claire Tugault-Lafleur PhD Results HUNU Anestis Tzanidis Dalal Qanaq
Wed Jan 31   1. Epigenetic mechanisms of anti-cancer effects of dietary stilbenoids 1. Megan Beetch PhD Progress HUNU Kaidi Wang Kaitlyn Samson
 2. Removal of heavy metals from foods using lactic acid bacteria biosorption 2. Kaiwen Mu Supplemental FOOD Catherine Wong Shannon Steele
Wed Feb 7  1. Characterizing the stress-response and beer-spoilage potential of
Lactobacillus brevis, a common beer spoilage microorganism
1. Justin Falardeau Full FOOD Mohammed Hakeem Claire Tugault-Lafleur
 2. Prevalence and characterization of
Campylobacter isolated from chicken products in metro Vancouver
2. Anestis Tzanidis Proposal FOOD Jay Martiniuk Amy Tan
Wed Feb 14  1. Detection, speciation and characterization of antibiotic resistance of
Arcobacter using Raman spectroscopy
1. Kaidi Wang Proposal FOOD Elaine Cheng Abrar Turki
 2. Fate and control of
Salmonella
enterica on tomato and lettuce plants
2. Catherine Wong Proposal FOOD Luyao Ma Mirah Valdes
Wed Feb 21  No Seminar this week (Reading Week)
Wed Feb 28  1. Surveying
Saccharomyces populations and phenolic composition of Pinot Noir grapes in the Okanagan Valley
1. Elaine Cheng Proposal FOOD Yue Dai Saroar Zubair
 2. Development of microfluidic paper-based analytical devices for rapid detection of chemical hazards in foods 2. Marti Hua Proposal FOOD John Dupuis Abeer Aljaadi
Mar 7  1. Impact of antimicrobial treatments on sprouting alfalfa seed contaminated with
Salmonella enterica
1. Yue (Cindy) Dai Results FOOD Shaolong Feng Katia Caballero
 2. Weekly folic acid supplementation for the prevention of neural tube defects: A randomized controlled dose-finding
trial
2. Kaitlyn Samson Proposal HUNU Justin Falardeau Megan Beetch
Mar 14  1. pH dependant membrane binding of the
Solanum tuberosum plant specific insert: An
in silico study
1. John Dupuis PhD Progress FOOD Lu Han Fernanda Mujica
 2. Does dairy every day keep hypertension at bay? 2. Amy Tan Full HUNU Karen Fong Abrar Turki
Mar 21  1. Characterization of verocytotoxigenic
E. coli isolates and their susceptibility to bacteriophages
1. Yvonne Ma Proposal FOOD Marti Hua  Saroar Zubair
 2. Detection of viable but non-culturable (VBNC)
Escherichia coli and
Salmonella cells in fresh produce
2. Lu Han Results FOOD Kaiwen Mu Haneen Saleemani
Mar 28  1. Locally-produced ready-to-use food as an effective and sustainable option for treating child malnutrition 1. Larisse Melo Full HUNU Yaxi Hu Shannon Steele
 2. Determining the optimal ratio of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) in medical foods for methylamlonic and propionic
acidemia (MMA/PROP)
2. Haneen Saleemani Proposal HUNU Mohammed Hakeem Kaitlyn Samson
Apr 4  1. Quantification of norfloxacin and nitrite in meat using paper-based microfluidic devices 1. Evan Trofimchuk Results FOOD Yvonne Ma Amy Tan
 2. Examining plant-based dietary patterns in Canada: Definitions, characteristics, and dietary quality in a population-representative
study
2. Mirah Valdes Proposal HUNU Yue Dai Larisse Melo

 

2017W Term 1 Schedule

Seminar Date (2018) Topic Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker #1 Question Asker #2
 Wed Sep 06  Welcome to the Course for ALL seminar participants  Seminar course instructors  Introduction General N/A N/A
 Wed Sep 13  1. Epigenetic effects of berry polyphenols on oncogenic signalling in cancer  Dr Barbara Stefanska Guest Speaker  HUNU  Huihui Chen Abeer Aljaadi
 2. Novel processing approaches for enhancing food quality  Dr Anubhav Pratap Singh Guest Speaker  FOOD  Elaine Cheng Katia Caballero
 Wed Sep 20  Characterization and intervention strategies of
Campylobacter jejuni persistence and biofilm formation
Jinson Feng PhD Results FOOD John Dupuis Fernanda Mujica
 Wed Sep 27  1. Enhancement of vitamin B12 content in yoghurt and its effect on improving vitamin B12 status in older adults 1. Larisse Melo Proposal HUNU  Justin Falardeau Megan Beetch
 2. Removal of heavy metals from foods using lactic acid bacteria biosorption 2. Kaiwen Mu Full FOOD  Shaolong Feng Dalal Qanaq
 Wed Oct 04  1. The polyphenol content and antioxident capacity of vegetables grown under organic and conventional production systems 1. Yue Dai Full FOOD  Jinsong Feng Haneen Saleemani
 2. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to investigate a novel gene-nutrient interaction in hypertension 2. Amy McMahon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UBC Human Nutrition Guest Speaker  HUNU  Anestis Tzanidis Abrar Turki
 Wed Oct 11  Seminar cancelled
 Wed Oct 18  1. Novel food processing technologies for the inactivation of human norovirus in fresh produce 1. Shaolong Feng Full FOOD  Karen Fong Kaitlyn Samson
 2. Detection of genetically modified soybeans using conventional polymerase chain reaction method and innovative body-heat
triggered recombinase polymerase amplification method
2. Lu Han Full FOOD Yue Dai Larisse Melo
 Wed Oct 25  The future of fishes and fisheries in the changing oceans Dr. Vicky W. Y. Lam, UBC Institute for Oceans and Fisheries Guest Speaker FOOD  Andrew Ferguson Amy Tan
 Wed Nov 01  1. Profiling the fungal microbiome in Pinot Noir vineyards and spontaneous fermentations at a British Columbian winery 1. Jay Martiniuk Results FOOD  Mohammed Hakeem Claire Tugault-Lafleur
 2. Efficacy of vitamin A supplementation to reduce mortality in young children in low- and middle-income countries 2. Mohammad Zubair  Full HUNU  Lu Han Shannon Steele
 Wed Nov 08  Evidence for long chain omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of breast cancer Dr. Catherine Field, University of Alberta Guest Speaker HUNU  Yaxi Hu Abrar Turki
 Wed Nov 15  1. Development of innovative techniques for food authentication – The last barrier to prevent food fraud 1. Yaxi Hu PhD Proposal FOOD  Ningjian Liang Mirah Valdes
 2. The importance of zinc for transfusion-dependent patients with
b-thalassemia
2. Kaitlyn Samson Full HUNU  Marti Hua Mohammad Zubair
 Wed Nov 22  1. Predictors of maternal vitamin B
12 status in early pregnancy and its association with newborn outcomes
1. Amy Tan Proposal HUNU  Luyao Ma Abeer Aljaadi
 2. Species characterization of caviar using morphological, biochemical and molecular-based approaches 2. Evan Trofimchuk Full FOOD  Yvonne Ma Katia Caballero
 Wed Nov 29  1. Induction of tolerance in
Staphylococcus aureus by sublethal doses of oregano essential oil and its constituent carvacrol: a suspensive outcome
1. Luyao Ma Full FOOD  Jay Martiniuk Larisse Melo
 2. A novel mathematical model for studying antimicrobial interactions against
Campylobacter jejuni
2. Mohammed Hakeem PhD Progress FOOD  Kaiwen Mu Fernanda Mujica

2016W Term 2 Schedule

Seminar Date (2017) Topic Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker #1 Question Asker #2
 Wed Jan 04 Let them eat dirt: Raising children with their microbes Dr. Brett Finlay (UBC Peter Wall Distinguished Professor; Michael Smith Labs) Guest speaker General N/A N/A
Wed Jan 11 What do we need to know about copyright? Peter D James (Intellectual Property & Copyright Services Librarian) Workshop  General N/A N/A
Wed Jan 18 Food safety:  Advice for the soul Jeff Farber (University of Guelph) Guest speaker General N/A N/A
Wed Jan 25  1. Isolation and characterization of bacteriophages for control of
Salmonella in fresh produce
1. Karen Fong Proposal FOOD Evan Trofimchuk
 2. Examining dietary intake over the course of the school day: An analysis of national dietary data from the 2004 Canadian
Community Health Survey
2. Claire Tugault-Lafleur PhD Progress HUNU Kaiwen Mu
Wed Feb 01  1.
In Silico insights and elucidation of the membrane binding mechanism of the
Solanum tuberosum plant specific insert
1. John Dupuis Proposal FOOD Abrar Turki
 2.  Quantification of antibiotic residues and nitrites in meat using paper-based microfluidic devices 2. Evan Trofimchuk Proposal FOOD Catherine Wong Dalal Qanaq
 Wed Feb 08  1. Detection, validation, and assessment of risks implied by the viable but non-culturable (VBNC) state of enteric bacterial
pathogens in fresh produce
1. Lu Han Proposal FOOD Justin Falardeau Claire Tugault-Lafleur
 2. Lowering the “hotness”: Microbiological strategies for alcohol reduction in wine 2. Jonathan (Jay) Martiniuk Full FOOD Jinsong Feng Mohammad Zubair
Wed Feb 15  1. Assessment of the protein quality of cereal grains in school-aged children 1. Katia Caballero Proposal HUNU Andrew Ferguson
 2. Application of novel techniques to devise nutritional therapies in patients with glycogen storage disease type I 2. Abrar Turki Proposal HUNU Jonathan Martiniuk Fernanda Mujica
Wed Feb 22  NO SEMINAR (Reading Week)
Wed Mar 01  1. Use of essential oils to reduce
Aspergillus niger growth
1. Catherine Wong Full FOOD Shaolong Feng  Amy Tan
 2. Molecularly imprinted polymers-based colorimetric-SERS dual biosensor for the detection of atrazine in foods 2. Bowen Zhao Results FOOD John Dupuis Larissé Melo
Wed Mar 08  1. Transcriptome profiling of
Salmonella enterica on sprouting alfalfa seeds during post-sanitation recovery
1. Yue (Cindy) Dai Proposal FOOD  Lu Han Jennifer Ho
 2. Investigating factors contributing to the survival of
Salmonella enterica on mini cucumbers
2. Huihui (Hannah) Chen Results FOOD Bowen Zhao
Wed Mar 15  Riboflavin status among women of childbearing age living in Metro Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur and Adelaide   Abeer Aljaadi PhD Progress HUNU Patricia Hingston Karen Fong
Wed Mar 22  1. Identification of predictors of vitamin B12 status in South Asian pregnant women in Metro Vancouver 1. Mohammad Saroar Zubair Proposal HUNU Yaxi Hu Katia Caballero
 2. Elucidation of novel physiological and genetic elements associated with the cold adaptability and persistence of
Listeria monocytogenes in the food processing continuum
2. Patricia Hingston PhD Results FOOD Mohammed Hakeem
Wed Mar 29  1. Associations of maternal folate and vitamin B12 concentrations with birthweight and gestational age 1. Dalal Qanaq Results HUNU Huihui Chen Brenda Ng
 2. The annotation of novel ORFs of a wine strain of
Saccharomyces cerevisiae in Chardonnay fermentation: A transcriptomic and proteomic approach
2. Andrew Ferguson Results FOOD Ningjian Liang
Fri Apr 07 Mini-Conference
 9:00-9:20am  –coffee, tea, pastries and fruit served outside of FNH 60–
 9:20-10:10 Persistent financial hardship and excess weight gain in the Whitehall II study: Reconsidering the economic drivers of
obesity and the role of health behaviours
 Dr. Annalijn Conklin  Guest speaker  General  N/A N/A
 10:10-10:40 Early exposure to high maternal methyl nutrient concentrations and its relationship with DNA methylation of obesity-related
genes in the offspring
 Fernanda Mujica PhD Proposal HUNU  N/A N/A
 10:40-10:50  –break–
 10:50-11:30 Chlorogenic acid isomers ameliorate IFNg/PMA induced oxidative stress, inflammation, and monolayer integrity reduction
in intestinal Caco-2 cells
via activation of Nrf2 signaling and suppression of MAPK signalin
g
Ningjian Liang PhD Results FOOD  N/A N/A
 11:30-12:00 Perspectives of accessing and providing nutrition care in a rural First Nation community: Results from a collaborative,
qualitative case study
Rebecca Mercer Results HUNU  N/A N/A
 12:00-12:15  —
debriefing session for student presenters–
 12:15  —
LUNCH in FNH 200 lunchroom–

2016W Term 1 Schedule

Seminar Date Topic Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker #1 Question Asker #2
 Wed. Sept.07  Welcome to the Course for ALL seminar participants  Seminar course instructors Introduction General N/A N/A
 Wed. Sept.14  Workshop:  More Next Level Presentations: Where do we go from here?  LFS Learning Centre (Cyprien & Duncan) Guest speaker / Workshop  General N/A N/A
 Wed. Sept.21  1. Biomimetic molecularly imprinted polymers: a new quorum sensing capturing agent to prevent bacterial biofilm formation 1. Luyao Ma Results FOOD  Yongting Chen Abeer Aljaadi
 2. Obesity and vitamin D deficiency 2. Dalal Qanaq Supplemental HUNU  Huihui Chen Aviva Rappaport
 Wed. Sept 28   — No Seminar —
 Wed. Oct.05  1. Influence of reactants and the food matrix on chemical and biological properties of Maillard Reaction products generated
in low moisture models
 1. Yongting Chen Results FOOD  Justin Falardeau Crystal Karakochuk
 2. The role of food scientists combating food loss  2. Gracia Windiasti, Yaxi Hu and Jenny Tian Video FOOD  N/A N/A
 Wed. Oct.12  1. Edible insects: A viable approach to improving the nutritional status of infants and young children in low-income
countries?
1. Crystal Karakochuk Full  HUNU  Jinsong Feng Jennifer Ho
 2. Occurrence and potential predictors of foodborne pathogens in irrigation water used by produce farms in the Lower
Mainland of British Columbia, Canada
2. Justin Falardeau Results FOOD  Shaolong Feng Claire Tugault-Lafleur
 Wed. Oct.19  1. UVC-LED: A novel technology to inactivate pathogens in water and foods  Gracia Windiasti Full FOOD  Jay Martiniuk Abrar Turki
 2. Debates on atrazine as an endocrine disruptor 2. Bowen Zhao Supplemental FOOD  Andrew Ferguson Saroar Zubair
 Wed. Oct.26  1. Processing techniques for ensuring the safety of raw almonds 1. Yaxi Hu Full FOOD  Karen Fong  Dalal Qanaq
 2. Acrylamide reduction in potato-based products and biscuits by using asparaginase 2. Huihui Chen Full FOOD  Gracia Windiasti Katia Caballero
 Wed. Nov.02  1. Can vitamin D supplementation reduce blood pressure? 1. Abeer Aljaadi Full HUNU  Yaxi Hu Fernanda Mujica
 2. Molecular-based principles for the elucidation of stress, injury, and inactivation of
Campylobacter jejuni by synergistic antimicrobial treatment
2. Mohammed Hakeem Proposal FOOD  Lu Han Abrar Turki
 Wed. Nov.09  The Canadian regulatory landscape of natural health products: Opportunities and challenges for academic-industry interactions
in research and product development
 Dr Michael Z. C. Li Guest Speaker General N/A N/A
 Wed. Nov.16  1. Investigating synergistic antimicrobial effect if carvacrol and zinc oxide nanoparticles against
Campylobacter jejuni
1. Gracia Windiasti Results FOOD John Dupuis Jennifer Ho
 2. Lutein supplementation- A potential strategy to prevent diabetic retinopathy progression? 2. Fernanda Mujica Full HUNU Jenny Tian  Abeer Aljaadi
 Wed. Nov.23  1. Edible pulses: Effects of processing on the nutritional value and anti-nutritional compounds – What’s pulse-able? 1. Jenny Tian Full FOOD  Mohammed Hakeem  Ellie Holmes
 2. Food insecurity in Vancouver: Pilot findings from a mixed methods study with food bank members 2. Ellie Holmes Results HUNU  Bowen Zhao Saroar Zubair
 Wed. Nov.30  1. Is meat ticking you off? Tick induced mammalian meat allergy 1. Rebecca Mercer Full FOOD  Patricia Hingston Katia Caballero
 2. Mechanism of interaction between
Solanum tuberosum plant specific insert with phospholipid lipid membranes using NMR spectroscopy
2. Jenny Tian Results FOOD  Yue Dai Rebecca Mercer