Name: Fateme Farmad
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Degree Pursuing: Food Science M.S.
Adviser: Tonya Schoenfuss
Research Title: Melamine Detection In Adulterated Milk By Mid- And Near-infrared (MIR/NIR) Spectroscopy
In my research, I investigate if melamine adulteration can be determined by both IR techniques (NIR/MIR). To do that, I evaluate limit of detection for quantification and qualification purposes. Food adulteration resulted in the illness and death of many people and animals around the world. So, developing rapid and accurate method for detecting adulteration in foods is critical. My research fulfills this purpose by providing a powerful tool to detect adulteration in dairy products.
How did you become interested in food science?
I became interested in food science because food plays an important role in human's health. So, it was important to me to get familiar with food product development and food safety issues.
Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
I chose the U of M because it has one of the best food science programs.
How does your research tie in to the research being done in your adviser's lab?
Our group research focuses on dairy product chemistry, functionality, and health attributes. My research regarding detection of melamine in adulterated milk is one way to ensure quality and safety of dairy products.
My future plan is to work in food safety and quality control in an industrial setting.