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Name: Giovanna Aita
Title: Associate Professor
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Department: Audubon Sugar Institute
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 3845 Highway 75
Address 2: St. Gabriel, LA 70776
Phone Number: (225) 642-0135
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Education/Training

Ph.D. Food Microbiology (2004)
Department of Food Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

M.S. Food Microbiology (1998)
Department of Animal and Food Industries, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

B.S. Biology (1995)
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Areas of Specialization/Research

Link to Dr. Aita's Renewable Fuels and Byproducts Laboratory- click here

RESEARCH
Develop integrated technologies to convert biomass into higher value products including fuels, specialty chemicals, biomaterials and animal feed; use of antimicrobials to inhibit disease-causing microorganisms in foods; identify and characterize antimicrobial resistant bacteria from food products, animal products and farm environments.

TEACHING
Undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of food microbiology, food safety and biomass utilization for the production of biofuels and byproducts.

BE 4342, Biological Engineering, Louisiana State University, Summer Intersession. Topics: (1) Ethanol Production from Lignocellulosics and (2) Sugar Mill Microbiology.

FDSC 7030, Special Topics

Professional Experience

2013- Present - Associate Professor, Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University AgCenter
2007- 2013 - Assistant Professor, Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University AgCenter
2005- 2007 - Post Doctoral Researcher, Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University AgCenter
2000- 2004 - Research Assistant, Department of Food Science, Louisiana State University
1999- 2000 - Food Scientist, Warner-Lambert, Adams Division R&D, New Jersey
1998- 1999 - Microbiologist, Creanova Inc., Biocide Division, New Jersey

Awards/Grants


AWARDS
(2010) Tipton Team Research Award, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center 
(2006) Patent and PVP Club Award, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
(2001-2003) Graduate Tuition Award, Graduate School, Louisiana State University
(2001) Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, Department of Food Science, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Publications/Presentations/Patents

PATENTS
DeQueiroz, G., Day, D. (2010). Biocide Compositions and related methods. Australian Patent 2003270523.
DeQueiroz, G., Stradi, B. (2009). Dilute Ammonia Process for the Treatment of Lignocellulosic Materials. US2009/033173.
DeQueiroz, G., Day, D. (2007) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. Chinese Patent 3825029.2.
DeQueiroz , G., Day, D. (2005) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. US Patent 6,866,870.
DeQueiroz , G., Day, D. (2005) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. South African Patent 2005/02838.
DeQueiroz , G., Day, D. (2005) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. Canadian Patent 24981000.
DeQueiroz , G., Day, D. (2005) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. European Union Patent (Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy) 03752221.6.


PUBLICATIONS
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Book Chapter
Aita, G*. and Kim, M. (2011) Pretreatment Technologies for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Materials to Bioethanol. In: Sustainability of the Sugar and Sugar-Ethanol Industries. ACS Press, pp. 117-145. ISBN13: 9780841225985; eISBN: 9780841225992; DOI: 10.1021/bk-2010-1058

Manuscripts

Kanitkar, A., Chen, C., Smoak, M., Hogan, K., Scherr, T.,  Hayes, D., Aita, G.*  (2014) In Vitro Characterization of Polyesters of Aconitic Acid for Bone Tissue Engineering. Journal of Biomaterials Applications. Doi: 10.1177/0885328214553961.

Qiu, Z., Aita, G.*,  Mahalaxmi, S. (2014) Optimization by Response Surface Methodology of Processing Conditions for the Ionic Liquid Pretreatment of Energy Cane Bagasse. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 89(5): 682-689.

Pham-Bugayong, P., Aita, G.* (2014) Characterization of Enzyme Hydrolysates Derived from Dilute Ammonia Pretreated Sorghum Bagasse. Factory Operations Seminar LSU AgCenter, pages 73-76.

Aita, G. (2013) Starch Analysis of First Expressed Juice and Raw Sugar. Factory Operations Seminar LSU AgCenter, pages 20-24.

Kanitkar, A., Aita, G.*, Madsen, L. (2013) The recovery of Polymerization Grade Aconitic Acid from Sugarcane Molasses. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 88(12): 2188-2192.

Cao, S. Aita, G.* (2013) Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Ethanol Yields of Combined Surfactant and Dilute Ammonia Treated Sugarcane Bagasse. Bioresource Technology. 131: 357–364.

Qiu, Z. Aita, G.* (2013) Pretreatment of Energy Cane Bagasse with Recycled Ionic Liquid for Enzymatic Saccharification. Bioresource Technology. 129:532-537.

Aita G.* (2012) Research Studies at the Renewable Fuels and Byproducts Laboratory. Audubon Sugar Institute Biennial Report LSU AgCenter, pages 5-6.

Aita, G.*, Walker, M. (2012) Ammonia-Assisted Storage of Sugarcane Bagasse. Factory Operations Seminar LSU AgCenter, page 37.

Han, K. J., Pitman, W., Alison, M. W., McCormick, M. E., Kim, M., Day, D. F., Aita, G. (2012) Evaluation of Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Production Potential Using Chemical Composition Analysis and Fermentation Gas Measures. Global Change Biology Bioenergy Journal. Doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2012.01203.x.

Moreno, R., Aita, G.*, Madsen, L., Gutierrez, D., Yao, S., Hulburt, B., Brashear, S. (2012) Identification of Naturally Isolated Southern Louisiana’s Algal Strains and the Effect of Higher CO2 Content on Fatty Acid Profiles for Biodiesel Production. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1002/jctb.3930.

Qiu, Z., Aita, G.*, Walker, M. (2012). Effect of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment on the Chemical Composition, Structure and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Energy Cane Bagasse. Bioresource Technology. 117:251-256.

Chen, C., Aita, G.*, Boldor, D., Walker, M. (2012). Ethanol Production from Sorghum by a Microwave-Assisted Dilute Ammonia Pretreatment. Bioresource Technology. 110:190-7.

Aita, G.*, Madsen, L. (2011) Added Value Through Bio-Plastics from Sugarcane. Factory Operations Seminar LSU AgCenter, page13.

Salvi, D., Boldor, D., Aita, G. M., Sabliov, C. M. (2011) COMSOL Multiphysics Model for Continuous Flow Microwave Heating of Liquids. Journal of Food Engineering. 104 (3): 422-429. 

Aita, G*., Salvi, D., Walker, M. (2011) Enzyme hydrolysis and ethanol fermentation of dilute ammonia pretreated energy cane. Bioresource Technology. 102 (6): 4444-8.

Salvi, D., Boldor, D., Ortego, J., Aita, G. M., Sabliov, C. (2010). Numerical Modeling of Continuous Flow Microwave Heating: A Critical Comparison of COMSOL and ANSYS. Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy. 44 (4): 1-11.

Salvi, D., Aita, G*., Robert, D., Bazan, V. (2010) Dilute Ammonia pretreatment of sorghum and its effectiveness on enzyme hydrolysis and ethanol fermentation. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 161:67-74.

Aita, G.* (2010). Sucrose Loss During Milling and Methods for Prevention, Annual Factory Operations, Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University AgCenter, April 29, page 11.

Kim, M., Aita, G., Day, D. (2010) Compositional changes in sugarcane bagasse on low temperature, long-term diluted ammonia treatment. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 161 (1-8): 34-40.

Aita, G.*, Salvi, D., Robert, D. (2009) Ethanol Production from Sorghum by a Dilute Ammonia Pretreatment. Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. 37: 27-34.

Aita, G.*, Salvi, D. (2009) Lignocellulose As a Source for Fuels and Chemicals. Louisiana Agriculture (Special Issue on Biofuels). 53 (4): 12-13.

Aita, G.* (2009) Overview on the Current Status of Lignocellulosics. Factory Operations Seminar LSU AgCenter, page 64.

Day, D., DeQueiroz, G., Chung, C. H., Kim, M. (2008) By-Products from Bagasse. International Sugar Journal. 110:7-11.

DeQueiroz, G.*. Day, D. (2008) Surface Decontamination of Bacillus subtilis Spores. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 46: 186-191.

DeQueiroz, G.*, Day, D., Legendre, B. (2008) Cellulose to Ethanol-Energy for the Future? Louisiana Agriculture. 51(2): 12-13.

DeQueiroz, G.* (2008) Integrated Biorefinery Research. Audubon Sugar Institute Biennial Report LSU AgCenter, pages 14-15.

DeQueiroz, G.*, Day, D. F. (2007) Antimicrobial Activity and Effectiveness of a Combination of Sodium Hypochlorite and Hydrogen Peroxide in Killing and Removing Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms from Surfaces. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 103:794-802.

DeQueiroz, G.*, Stradi, B. (2007) Integrated Biorefinery Research for the Production of Biofuels and Bioenergy. Factory Operations Seminar LSU AgCenter, pages 31-39.



PRESENTATIONS
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Pham-Bugayong, P., Aita, G.* (2014) Characterization and Detoxification of Enzyme Hydrolysates Derived from Dilute Ammonia Pretreated Sorghum Bagasse. 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Clearwater, FL.

Kanitkar, A., Aita, G.*, Hayes, D., Madsen, L. (2014) Synthesis and Characterization of Biopolymers of Aconitic acid, Cinnamic acid and Glycerol for Tissue Engineering Applications. 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Clearwater, FL.

Oladi, S., Aita, G.* (2014) Effect of Hot Water Pretreatment on the Chemical Composition and Enzyme Digestibility of Energy Cane. 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Clearwater, FL.

Oladi, S., Aita, G.*, Mahalaxmi, S.  Effect of Water Pretreatment on the Biomass Structure and Enzymatic Hydrolysis Yields of Sweet Sorghum Bagasse. 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Portland, OR, April 29-May 2, 2013.

Kanitkar, A., Aita, G.*, Mahalaxmi, S.  Synthesis and Characterization of Biocompatible Polyesters of Citric Acid, Cinnamic Acid and Glycerol. 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Portland, OR, April 29-May 2, 2013.

Kanitkar, A., Aita, G.*, Madsen, L.  Isolation of Aconitic Acid from Molasses Using Ethyl Acetate for the Production of Polyesters. 34th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, New Orleans, LA,  April 30-May 3, 2012.

Jeong, Y., Day, D., Aita, G., Kim, M. Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Sugarcane Treated with Dilute Ammonia at Moderate Temperatures. 15th International Biotechnology Symposium and Expo. Daegu, ROK, September 16-21, 2012.

Han, K. J., Pitman, W., Alison, M. W., McCormick, M., Day, D. F., Aita, G. Application of Feed Value Analysis for Prediction of Cellulosic Ethanol Production. CSSA Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, November 3-6, 2012.

Qui, Z. , Aita, G.*  Effect of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment on the Structure, Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Fermentation of Energy Cane Bagasse. 34th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, New Orleans, LA,  April 30-May 3, 2012.

Cao, S., Aita, G*. Effect of Tween 80 on the Pretreatment of Sugarcane Bagasse with Dilute Ammonia. 34th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, New Orleans, LA, April 30-May 3, 2012.

Cao, S., Aita, G.*, Walker, M. Impact of surfactants on dilute ammonia pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse. IFT Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 11-14, 2011.

Qiu, Z., Aita, G.*, Walker, M. Effect of ionic fluid-pretreated energy cane bagasse on enzyme hydrolysis. IFT Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 11-14, 2011.

Aita, G.*, Kim, M., Walker, M., Day, D. Mild alkaline pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse during storage. 33rd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Seattle, WA,  May 2-5, 2011.

Aita, G.* and Kim, M.  Pretreatment Technologies for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Fuels. ACS 66th SWRM/62nd SERMACS, New Orleans, LA, December 1-4, 2010.

Chen, C., Boldor, D., Aita, G.* Enhancing enzymatic digestibility of sweet sorghum by microwave pretreatment. ASBAE Annual International Meeting, Pittsburg, PA, June 20-23, 2010.

Aita, G.* 2010. Sucrose Loss During Milling and Methods for Prevention, Annual Factory Operations, Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA, April 29, 2010.

Aita, G.*, Salvi, D. 2010. Enzyme hydrolysis and ethanol fermentation of ammonia treated energy cane. 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Clearwater Beach, FL, April 19-22, 2010.

Aita, G.* Current use of Lignocellulosics. Extension and Research Sugarcane Training, Sugar Research Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, St. Gabriel, LA, May 13, 2009.

Aita, G.* Overview on the Current Status of Lignocellulosics. Annual Factory Operations Seminar, Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA, April 28, 2009.

DeQueiroz, G. A.*, Robert, D. and Salvi, D. Ethanol Production from Sweet Sorghum by a Dilute Ammonia Solution. SIM 31rst symposium on biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, San Francisco, CA, May 3-May 5, 2009.

Kim, M., DeQueiroz, G. A. and Day, D. Compositional changes in sugarcane bagasse on low temperature, long-term ammonia treatment. SIM 31rst symposium on biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, San Francisco, CA, May 3-May 5, 2009.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* Biomass, Biofuels and the Biorefinery. Louisiana 25 X 25 State Alliance, New Orleans, January 29, 2009.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* Overview of Biofuels and Chemicals from Renewable Resources. SENATI, Chiclayo, Peru, November 27, 2008.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* Audubon Sugar Institute's Biorefinery Development Using Multiple Feedstocks. Louisiana Farm Bureau, August 13, 2008.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* and Tessier, M. Green Energy for Louisiana. Bio Energy Awareness Days (BEAD II), Washington, DC, June 19-22, 2008.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* Overview of Ethanol Production from Lignocellulosics. Tulane Engineering Forum, New Orleans, LA, May 8, 2008.

DeQueiroz, G. A.*, Bazan, V., Ramachandran, T., Day, D. and Legendre, B. Utilization of Fermentable Sugars from Sugarcane Bagasse to Ethanol. 15th New Orleans Carbohydrate Symposium, New Orleans, LA, April 10-12, 2008.

DeQueiroz,  G. A.* Sweet Technology from Bagasse to Ethanol. American Society of Sugarcane Technologists, 38th Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA, February 12, 2008.

DeQuerioz, G. A.* Biofuels from Lignocellulosics: Where Do We Stand Today. LSU AgCenter Annual Conference. Baton Rouge, LA, December 18, 2007.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* Biorefinery Research at the Audubon Sugar Institute. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, November 2007.

Day, D., DeQueiroz, G. A., Chung, C. H. and Kim, M. By-products from Bagasse. 26th Congress International Society of Sucarcane Technologists, Dublin, South Africa, July 2007.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* Ethanol Production from Sugarcane Bagasse. 45th Annual St. Martin/Lafayette/St. Landry Sugarcane Field Day, LA. July 2007.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* and Stradi, B. Ethanol Production from Lignocellulosics, American Society of Sugarcane Technologists, 37th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 2007.

Stradi B. and DeQueiroz, G. A. Integrated Biorefinery Research for the Production of Biofuels and Bioenergy. Audubon Sugar Institute Factory Operations Seminar, April 2007.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* and Day, D. F. Phenolic Acids Released post Alkaline and/or Organosolv Treatment from Sugarcane Bagasse and Field Trash. Third Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bio-processing. Toronto, Canada, July 2006.

DeQueiroz, G. A.*, Chung, C. and Day, D. F. Enzyme Hydrolysis and Phenols Recovery Post Alkaline and Organosolv Treatment of Sugarcane Bagasse. 28th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Nashville, TN, May 2006.

Day, D., DeQueiroz, G. A.*, Chung, C., Lee, Y. Process of Turning Sugarcane Bagasse into Cellulose and Lignin-Derived Products. American Society of Sucarcane Technologists, 35th Annual Meeting, Panama City, FL, June 2005.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* and Day, D. F. Effectiveness of a bi-Component Food Grade Sanitizer in the Removal of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms from Surface Materials. American Society of Microbiologists (ASM) General Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 2004.

DeQueiroz, G. A.* and Day, D. F. Response of Attached Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 19142 to Sanitizer Treatment. ASM South Central Branch, New Orleans, LA, November 2003.

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