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. Priyanka Gupta

Priyanka earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Agricultural Technology from Iowa State University. Priyanka completed her master's degree in Food Safety and Quality Management from National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, India. After completing her master's, she worked as an Assistant Professor of food safety and food microbiology at Vignan University in India. Her Ph.D. research focused on developing mathematical models to evaluate complex agricultural supply chains and assessing the capability of these supply chains to accommodate segregated product streams. She joined Dr. Adhikari's research lab in fall 2021 as Post-Doc. Her work will focus on food safety research, extension and outreach activities, and educational training.

Dr. Yuqiao Jin

Yuqiao earned her Ph.D from Washington State University with an emphasis on Food Microbiology and Food Engineering. She joined Dr. Adhikari´s research lab in summer 2021 as post-doc. Her work in the lab is focused on helping review manuscripts from research projects in the lab that will be submitted for publication. Additionally, she has been involved with extension and food safety research conducted in the lab.

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.

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.

Juan Moreira

Juan earned his B.Sc in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University, Honduras in 2017. Afterwards, he completed his M.Sc degree in Food Science and Technology from the Louisiana State University in 2019. His research during his Master´s was focused on die-off rates of pathogenic bacteria from the surface of fresh-cut and whole produce. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University, with his research focused on mulch effectiveness in reducing risk of contamination to fresh produce from irrigation or biological soil amendments of animal origin.

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 earned her M.Sc degree in Food Science and Technology from Louisiana State University in 2021. Her research was focused in determining the effect of contact time on antimicrobial efficacy when applied on fresh produce and food contact surfaces. Currently she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at Louisiana State University, where she will be working on determining the effectiveness of nano-bubbles to increase surface contact area in between sanitizers and fresh produce in order to reduce pathogens.

Manish Thapaliya

Manish earned his M.Sc. in Microbiology with a Food Microbiology specialization from Tribhuvan University in 2007/08, Nepal. His research during his M.Sc. focused on antibiotic residue (Penicillin and Sulfonamide) in market milk. After completing his M.Sc. degree, he worked as instructor of food microbiology and food safety at different colleges. He also worked as National food quality and safety specialist in European Union funded Trade and Private Sector Development Project from 2015 to 2019 and as Senior Technical Specialist-Food for The Fleming Fund Country Grant Nepal from January 2021 to April 2021. He joined LSU in summer 2021 and is currently pursuing his PhD under Dr. Adhikari.

Abril Benitez

Abril is from Honduras and she obtained her B.Sc in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University in 2017. She completed an internship in Dr. Adhikari´s lab in 2019 where she was involved in research as well as extension work. Currently she is pursuing her M.Sc, degree at Louisiana State University, with her research focus being in bubble treatments to improve sanitizer microbicidal effect of pathogens on the surface of fresh produce.

Ivannova Lituma

Ivannova earned her B.Sc in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University, Honduras in 2020. She completed an internship in Dr. Adhikari´s lab during her senior year of undergraduate studies. In her internship, she worked on evaluating the effectiveness of air bubbles during washing to dislodge microorganisms from bell peppers and cucumbers. Additionally, she contributed in starting a farm worker hygene training provided in Spanish. Currently she is a Masters student in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Louisiana State University.

Sarah Mendez

Sarah Mendez is from Mexico City and is currently doing her B.Sc. at Louisiana State University majoring in Food Science and Technology. She is currently working as an undergraduate student worker helping in the diverse food safety research projects in the lab. Specifically, she is collaborating on evaluating the prevalence of Cyclospora in Louisiana water sources.

CasonJPG Cameron Cason

Graduated in Summer 2019
M.Sc in Food Science


BrianaJPG Briana Burke

Extension Specialist


DanielaJPG Daniela Turcios Zelaya

Extension Specialist

Farm Worker Trainer and Extension Poster Artist


VijayJPGDr. Vijay Chhetri

Graduated in Summer 2019
Ph.D. in Food Science

2019 Post-Doc


LuuJPG Phillip Luu

Graduated in Spring 2019
M.Sc in Food Science


Yu Han

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

SarangjpgDr. Sarang Dilip Pophaly

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

CasonJPG Dr. Debanjana Bhattacharya

2018-2019 Visiting Scholar

Jadavpur University, India


Andrea Camas

2017-2018 Intern,
M.Sc. 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
B.Sc. in Food Science and Technology
Quality Control Supervisor, Sanderson Farms

XimenajpgXimena Diaz

2017 Undergraduate Intern Zamorano Agricultural University

EstradaJPGKatheryn J. P. Estrada

Graduated in Fall 2016
M.Sc. in Food Science

Dr. Namrata Karki

Formulation Engineer, Senior research scientist, Provident Nutraceuticals

VieirajpgThais Do Carmo Vieira

2015 Intern
Brazilian Sci Scholar Program

Alejandro Calvopina

2016 Intern
Zamorano Agricultural University

EstradaJPGThao T.H. Nguyen

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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