Dr. Achyut Adhikari

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 Louisiana State University.

Dr. Vijay Singh Chhetri

Vijay earned his M.Sc. in Microbiology with a 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 completed his Ph.D. in the spring of 2019, with a research focus 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 surfaces.

Janny Mendoza

janny PicturejpgJanny completed her B.Sc in Food Science and technology from Zamorano University, Honduras in December 2014. Janny carried out an internship in Food Product development and sensory evaluation at Louisiana State University. During this time she conducted research focus in evaluating the effect of chitosan on cooked sweet potato. She supported researches on sensory characteristics of low sodium products. She earned her M.Sc in Dairy Sciences from Louisiana State University. Her Master’s research focus was to determine the influence and effect of Inulin and Aloe Vera on chemical, physical and sensorial properties of low-fat yogurt and viability of probiotics. Currently, she works on research projects evaluating the survival of Listeria monocytogenes in hydroponic systems.

Cameron Cason

CasonJPGCameron received his B.Sc in Food Science Technology from Louisiana State University in 2017. During his time as an undergraduate he conducted research identifying foodborne pathogens present on harvested pecans. Cameron obtained his M.Sc in Food Science and Technology from Louisiana State University, where his research area of focus was 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 bioactive compounds associated with cannabis genetics.

Juan Moreira

Juan earned his B.Sc in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University, Honduras in 2017. He is currently a Masters student in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Louisiana State University. Juan had previously carried out an internship in Dr. Adhikari´s research group, in which he assisted in conducting various researches with graduate students. Currently he is a Master's student with a research area of focus on determining die-off rates of Listeria monocytogenes in fresh-cut and whole fruits and vegetables, and antimicrobials in packaging.

Briana Burke

Briana completed her B. Sc in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in May 2018. She has completed internships with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Safety Inspection Service and Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service. During that time, she informed consumers about food safety practices, authored published food safety articles, and received and processed requests for animals, animal product, and pet travel certificates for endorsement to export internationally. Briana is currently working on her MS degree in Food Safety through an online program from Michigan State University while serving as Dr. Adhikari's Extension Associate. While working with LSU AgCenter, she is partnering with Dr. Adhikari's lab team to develop a mobile water treatment unit and create food safety fact sheets, and several other projects.

Karuna Kharel

Karuna earned her M.Sc degree in Food Science and Technology from the Louisiana State University. Her Master’s research focus was on ensuring pre- and post-harvest safety of treenuts, where she developed 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. Currently, her research focus is on thermal intervention strategies on produce and several other nuts. 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 Louisiana State University and Baton Rouge.

Daniela Turcios Zelaya

Daniela is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras; she earned her B. Sc in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University in 2012. She worked with Zamorano University in the Horticulture Innovation Lab as a coordinator of a Training Program, addressing topics about horticultural production, post-harvest and processing. Daniela also involved with training programs aimed at small farmers from rural areas in different countries of Central America; these programs were focused on sustainable production, food security and food safety. She is currently working with Dr. Achyut Adhikari at the Food Safety Lab supporting some researches about food borne illness and developing educational material for food safety extension and outreach programs.

Jyoti Aryal

Jyoti completed her B.Sc in Food Technology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2018. Following graduation she interned at CG Foods, Pvt. Ltd, Nepal. She also volunteered as a lab assistant in the Food Research Division of Nepal Agricultural Research Council, assisting in product development and analysis of fresh produce and food products. Jyoti is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology at Louisiana State University. Her research area of focus is determining the effect of contact time on antimicrobial efficacy when applied on fresh produce and food contact surfaces.

Abril Benitez

Abril is from Honduras and she obtained her B.Sc in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University in 2017. She is currently an intern at Louisiana State University (LSU) where she assists Dr. Adhikari and the members of his research group in their projects. She plans to begin her graduate studies at LSU next year.

Emily Johnson

Emily is a currently pursuing her Bachelors of Biological Sciences with a pre-med major and working as an undergraduate student worker.

Naomi J Gonzales

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Naomi is currently pursuing her B.Sc in Microbiology with a pre-med track before heading over to a medical school in order to pursue her career in Neuropediatrics. Her career goal is to be a pediatric neurologist. When she is not studying for school, she likes to read some of her personal books and to volunteer for her local organizations on campus.

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Graduated in Spring 2019
MS in Food Science


Yu Han

2018-2019 Visiting Scholar
Heze Bureau of Agriculture Heze, Shandong province, China

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2018 Visiting Scholar
Assistant Professor in Dairy Microbiology at CGKV, Raipur Chhattisgarh, India

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2017-2018 Post-Doc
ASST professor, University of Texas at Rio Grande

David Huynh

2017-2018
Undergraduate worker

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2018-2019 Visiting Scholar
Jadavpur University, India

Andrea Camas

2017-2018 Intern,
Masters student ENAE business school

Andrea Suazo

2018 Undergraduate Intern
Zamorano Agricultural University

Erika Mera

2018 Undergraduate Intern
Zamorano Agricultural University

Brett Riviere

Graduated in May 2017
BS in Food Science and Technology
Quality Control Supervisor, Sanderson Farms

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2017 Undergraduate Intern Zamorano Agricultural University

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Graduated in Fall 2016
MS in Food Science

Dr. Namrata Karki

Formulation Engineer, Senior research scientist, Provident Nutraceuticals

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2015 Intern
Brazilian Sci Scholar Program

Alejandro Calvopina

2016 Intern
Zamorano Agricultural University

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2016 Norman E.Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program USDA

Jorge Luis Calvo C.

2016 Intern
Zamorano Agricultural University

Prasiddha Karki

2017 Summer worker
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