Food Safety Lab
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TEAM

Adhikari
Dr. Achyut Adhikari
Research Group Leader
Dr. Adhikari earned his Ph.D. degree in Food Science with an emphasis on Food Microbiology from the Washington State University. Currently, he is leading his food safety research group at LSU.
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Yemmireddy
Dr. V Kranti Yemmireddy
Post-doctoral Researcher
Dr. Yemmireddy earned his MS and PhD degrees in Food Science from the University of Georgia. As a post-doc, Dr. Yemmireddy manages the research lab and involved in several research and extension activities. Currently, he is investigating antimicrobial properties of plant bioactives, microbial die-off rate calculations, as well as method development and validations. He is also involved in conducting extension workshops and trainings related to FSMA produce safety rule (PSA grower training) and preventive controls for human foods rule (FSPCA PCQI trainings) throughout the state of Louisiana.
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Vijay Singh Chhetri
Ph.D. Candidate
Vijay earned his M.Sc. in Microbiology with Food Microbiology specialization from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. After completing his master’s degree, he served as a food safety consultant at Quality and Environmental Management Pvt. Ltd, Kathmandu, for more than five years. He also worked as a visiting instructor on food microbiology at different colleges. He is now pursuing his PhD in Food Science and Technology at Louisiana State University. His research focus is on the effect of residual sanitizers, environmental stress and probiotics on the survival and attachment of E. coli O157: H7 and Listeria monocytogenes on produce surface.
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Kharel
Karuna Kharel
Master's Student
Karuna obtained her bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She worked as a Junior National Food Safety Specialist in Nepal before moving to United States to pursue her graduate studies at LSU. Her Master’s research focus is on ensuring pre- and post-harvest safety of treenuts where she is developing post-harvest thermal intervention strategies to destroy bacterial pathogens on Pecans. Her research also answers several critical questions related to quality changes and consumer acceptability resulting from thermal treatments. She is also involved in other research projects focusing on fresh produce and sprout safety. In addition to her academic research, she is an active participant of several volunteer activities and leadership roles in LSU and the Baton Rouge. Karuna plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Food Science with a focus on Food Safety.
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Luu
Phillip Luu
Master's Student
Phillip previously completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana in 2010. Since 2012, Phillip has worked abroad in Japan as an English teacher before returning to the United States to pursue a Master’s in Nutrition and Food Science. Phillip is currently a Nutrition and Food Science Master’s student at the Adhikari lab. His research in produce safety and microbiology utilizes two forms of chlorine dioxide to treat sweet potatoes, strawberries, and blueberries in hopes of using the data gained to educate small scale Louisiana farmers on produce safety treatments to meet FSMA requirements. Phillip intends to pursue a career in food safety as a food safety auditor.
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Cason
Cameron Cason
Cameron Cason is a Masters candidate in the School of Nutrition and Food Science at Louisiana State University where he has been a student since 2013 and received a Bachelor’s in Food Science Technology in 2017. During his time as an undergraduate he conducted undergraduate research with a focus on identifying foodborne pathogens present on harvested pecans.Cameron is currently a graduate research assistant with a research area of focus on identifying and profiling antimicrobial compounds located in the shell of pecans and is also an active member of the LSU IFT college bowl team. Cameron plans to obtain a Ph.D. in food science and continue to work in academia with a focus on studying the natural microflora of grapes that contributes to vinification.
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Past Members
Riviere
Brett Riviere
Graduated in May 2017
BS in Food Science and Technology
Quality Control Supervisor, Sanderson Farms
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Moreira
Juan Moreira
Undergraduate Intern
Zamorano University, Honduras
Spring 2017
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Diaz
Ximena Diaz
Undergraduate Intern
Zamorano University, Honduras
Spring 2017
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Estrada
Katheryn J Parraga Estrada
Graduated in Fall 2016
MS in Food Science
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Karki
Dr. Namrata Karki
Post-Doc
Formulation Engineer, Provident Nutraceuticals
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Vieira
Thais Do Carmo Vieira
2015 Summer Intern
Brazilian Sci Scholar Program
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Nguyen
Thao T. H. Nguyen
2016 Norman E.Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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Calvopina
Alejandro Calvopina
Intern (2016)
Zamorano Agricultural University
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Jorge
Jorge Luis Calvo C.
Intern (2016)
Zamorano Agricultural University
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P.Karki
Prasiddha Karki
2017 Summer Worker
Website Developer
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