Dr. Stephen R. Lindemann's Staff

Dr. Stephen R. Lindemann
Position
Assistant Professor
Email
lindemann@purdue.edu
Phone
765-494-9207
Staff
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Ming-Hsu Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2015. His research has focused on bioactive carbohydrates manufacturing as well as characterization and elucidation of structural-functional relationships. Before coming to the US, Ming-Hsu obtained his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the National Taiwan University. Additionally, he had one year working experience at Academia Sinica, studying fungal secondary metabolites, carbohydrate recognition proteins, and lymphocyte maturation. He joined Dr. Lindemann's group in August 2017 and is interested in exploring the interactions among carbohydrates, gut microbiota, and human health.

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Ashwana D. Fricker received her Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from Cornell University in 2015. Before coming to Purdue, Ashwana completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Her research has focused on cellular pathways involved in how bacteria internalize information from their environment. She joined Dr. Lindemann's group in March 2017 and is working on analyzing the causative agents and biomes of various disease states.

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Lauren Kumpf is an undergraduate working to obtain her B.S. in Food Science with a minor in Communication at Purdue University. Her area of interest focuses on the integration of communication in fields of science. She is particularly interested on how to correct public misperceptions about food science using communication. In the Lindemann lab, she will be focused on interpersonal communication as well as other scientific communication related tasks. Upon completion of her bachelor's degree she plans to pursue a master's degree in a related field.

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Jennifer Norka is an undergraduate studying to earn her B.S. in Food Science with a minior in Foods and Nutrition, and has an anticipated graduation date of May 2018. She became a part of the Lindemann lab in Fall 2016 due to her interest in microbiology and its impact on food systems and health. Her role in the lab involves assisting in studying the chemical complexity of polysaccharides, and their gut microbiome interaction. As her time progresses in the lab, she wants to begin studying the effects of food additives and their impact on health mediated by the gut microbiome. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a masters degree and a career in food safety and regulation.

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Melissa Robins is currently working toward her B.S. in Biological Engineering with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018. Her interest in microbial communities led her to join the Lindemann lab in Fall 2016, where she is investigating the contributions of food particle size to microbial diversity. She plans to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in either Microbiology or Bioinformatics.

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Riya Thakkar is a graduate student working to obtain her M.S in Food Science. Her area of interest is Food Microbiology. She has obtained her Undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology in May 2016 from Dr. D. Y. Patil University, India. She has worked as a Research Intern at Bhabha Atomic Research Center towards her thesis during the Undergrad. Her research there was related to finding the effects on natural food compounds on tuberculosis. She has also worked as a Research Assistant at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where her study was related to nanoparticles on post-operative bone infections. She started her Master's degree under Dr. Stephen Lindemman's laboratory at Purdue University, in January 2017 and her work here focuses on the effect of particle size of food on the colonic microbiota.

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Tianming Yao obtained his Bachelor degree in Food Science and Technology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. His undergraduate research focused on the OSA modification of small granule starches. He joined Dr. Srinivas Janaswamy's group in August 2015 as a Master's student with support from China Scholarship Council (CSC). He transferred to Dr. Hamaker's lab in August 2016. His research focuses on the interaction between polyphenois and starches. He is currently working jointly with Dr. Lindemann and Dr. Hamaker.

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