2013 Belfort Lecture

2013 Belfort Lecture

"Structure and digestibility of selected resistant starch"

Lecturer: Dr. Jay-Lin Jane | May 8, 2013

Dr. Jay-lin Jane is a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University. Dr. Jane received her Ph.D. degree with a focus in Carbohydrates from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Iowa State University. Dr. Jane's primary research interests are in starch structures, properties, and applications. She has also done research on biodegradable plastics using biopolymers, including starch and protein. Dr. Jane and her students conducted studies to understand the internal structures of starch granules using approaches, including cross-linking reactions between adjacent starch molecules to determine the relative locations of amylose and amylopectin in the granules and surface gelatinization methods to peel off layers of starch granules from the surface combining with confocal-laser light scattering microscopy to reveal the internal structures of the granules. They also unveiled structures of elongated starch-granules and resistant starch of high-amylose starch and the formation of these starches. She is currently working on the development and characterization of resistant starch to reduce the digestion rate of starch for prevention of diabetes and colon cancer. Dr. Jane has published 180 refereed papers, 10 patents, and delivered 200 invited/keynote/plenary lectures in more than 28 countries. Dr. Jane has received numerous awards including the Alsberg-French-Schoch Award from the AACC International and The Merit of Science Award from the Japanese Applied Glycoscience Association.

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