Ya-Jane Wang

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PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • National Taiwan University: Agricultural Chemistry B.S., 1986
  • University of Minnesota at Twin Cities: Food Science and Nutrition M.S., 1989
  • Iowa State University: Food Science and Technology Ph.D., 1992
  • Iowa State University (postdoctoral): Carbohydrate Chemistry, 1993-94

PROFESSION EXPERIENCE

2009 – Present     Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas
2004 – 2009          Associate Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas
1999 – 2004          Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas
1994 – 1999          Senior Carbohydrate Specialist, Cerestar USA, Inc.
1993 – 1994          Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University
1989 – 1992          Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University
1987 – 1989          Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
1986 – 1987          Research Assistant, Graduate School of Food Science and Technology, National Taiwan University

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Carbohydrate Polymers journal Co-Editor, 2009-2011.
  • Cereal Chemistry journal Associate Editor, 2008-2009
  • Carbohydrate Division Chair, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), 2008-2009
  • Scientific Programming Subcommittee, IFT, 2008 -2010
  • Carbohydrate Division Technical Program Chair, IFT, 2007-2008

HONORS

  • Outstanding Departmental Research Award, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas, 2008.
  • Outstanding Volunteer, Carbohydrate Division, Institute of Food Technologists, 2007.
  • Outstanding Mentor, University of Arkansas, 2005.

AWARDS/HONORS TO STUDENTS DIRECTED AS MAJOR ADVISOR

  • Emily Arijaje, Second Place in Food Science, From Abstract to Contract: Graduate Student Research and Creative Expression Competition, University of Arkansas, 2013.
  • Emily Arijaje, First Place in Food Science, From Abstract to Contract: Graduate Student Research and Creative Expression Competition, University of Arkansas, 2012.
  • Fernanda Onofre, Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas, 2008.
  • Xiaoyu Min, Jim J.B. Brooks Endowed Scholarship, 2007.
  • Xiaoyu Min, 3rd Place of Food Chemistry Division Paper Competition at IFT annual meeting in Chicago, IL, 2007.
  • Stephen O’Brien, 4th Place of Undergraduate Research Competition at IFT annual meeting in Orlando, FL, 2006.
  • Xiao-Fang Gu, Runner-up of Carbohydrate Division Student Paper Competition at IFT annual meeting in Orlando, FL, 2006.

PATENTS

  1. Ya-Jane Wang, Sarah Purcell. 2015. Coating composition and process for baked products to impart the attributes of fried products. US Patent Application 9,220,282.
  2. Ling-Hua Han, Ya-Jane Wang. 2015. Process for making a modified starch product. General Mills, Inc., US Patent 9,068,022.
  3. Ya-Jane Wang, Sakharam Patil. 2014. Low sodium salt compositions. US Patent 8,900,650.
  4. Zhenhua Sun, Wanjun Liu, Ya-Jane Wang. 2009. Biodegradable materials from starch-grafted polymers. U.S. Patent 7,608,649 issued Oct. 27, 2009. University of Arkansas.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Identify starch structural characteristics affecting rice quality.
  • Characterize structure and function relationship of starch.
  • Develop modified starch via chemical, physical, and enzymatic means for novel food and pharmaceutical applications.
  • Improve starch functionality and quality in cereals through processing.
  • Develop value-added products from agricultural by-products.

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