Citra Rahardjo

Citra RahardjoHometown: Indonesia

Degree pursuing: Graduated in 2017 with MS in Food Science, currently a researcher 

Advisers: Dr. George Annor and Dr. Baraem Ismail


Research focus: 

In Dr. Annor's Lab, I work with 64 varieties of wheat and analyze them for their functionalities. We are seeking to find the most effective and accurate ways to analyze wheat samples and predict the quality outcomes. On top of that, we are also trying to find any correlations between testings that we do to see whether we can observe any associations between the different tests.

How did you become interested in food science?

One of the major reasons was because I grew up in a country where nutritious and healthy food were not always accessible to all people, especially to the less fortunate. Thus, when I was choosing what subject to major in during college, not only did I decide to pursue something that am passionate about, but I sought to study a subject that could bring significant impacts for many people. I came across food science, a major that sounded very interesting at that time. I searched more about it and found that it involved a lot of chemistry, which is also a subject that I love. Therefore, I decided to try some classes and continued with the journey because I love it!

Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?

Before I joined Dr. George Annor's Lab as a researcher, I started my journey as a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Baraem (Pam) Ismail. At that time, I wanted to pursue my Master's degree in food chemistry. Out of all the offers I received, Pam's research was the most interesting. I also looked up the U of M food science program and its credentials further strengthened my decision to pursue my education here.

How does your research tie into the research being done in your adviser's lab?

My research is in wheat, and Dr. Annor's whole lab studies grain science, thus the two relate very well.

Future plans

At this point, I am enjoying my role as a researcher, but we will see what the future brings!