Dr. Yuan Yao

Dr. Yuan Yao
Associate Professor
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General Research Areas

  • Biomaterials for food and health
  • Chemistry and genetics of carbohydrate polymers
  • Nanotechnology for foods and drugs

Specific Research Areas

  • Construction and characterization of nano-biomaterials
  • Stabilization, solubilization, and delivery of active ingredients
  • Genetic, enzymatic, and chemical modifications of starch
  • Functional food ingredients
  • Carbohydrate structure and function analyses

Selected Publications

1. Chen H, Yao Y. 2016 (2017). Phytoglycogen improves the water solubility and caco-2 monolayer permeation of quercetin, Food Chemistry, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.10.064

2. Sarkar P, Bhunia AK, Yao Y. 2017. Impact of starch-based emulsions on the antibacterial efficacies of nisin and thymol in cantaloupe juice. Food Chemistry, 217:155-162

3. Fu Y, Sarkar P, Bhunia AK, Yao Y. 2016. Delivery systems of antimicrobial compounds to food. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 57:165-177

4. Chen H, Yao Y. 2015. Particulate structure of phytoglycogen studied using ?-amylolysis. Carbohydrate Polymers, 132: 582-588

5. Lu F, Mencia A, Bi L, Taylor A, Yao Y, HogenEsch H. 2015. Dendrimer-like alpha-D-glucan nanoparticles activate dendritic cells and are effective vaccine adjuvants. Journal of Controlled Release, 204: 51-59

6. Bi L, Yang L. Narsimhan G, Bhunia A, Yao Y. 2011. Designing carbohydrate nanoparticles for prolonged efficacy of antimicrobial peptide. Journal of Controlled Release, 150: 150-156

7. Huang L, Yao Y. 2011. Particulate structure of phytoglycogen nanoparticles probed using amyloglucosidase. Carbohydrate Polymers, 83, 1665-1671

8. Scheffler SL, Wang X, Huang L, San-Martin Gonzalez F, Yao Y. 2010. Phytoglycogen octenyl succinate, an amphiphilic carbohydrate nanoparticle, and e-polylysine to improve lipid oxidative stability of emulsions. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58: 660-667

9. Yao Y, Thompson DB, Guiltinan MJ. 2004. Maize starch branching enzyme (SBE) isoforms and amylopectin structure: in the absence of SBEIIb, the further absence of SBEIa leads to increased branching. Plant Physiology, 136: 3515-3523

10. Yao Y, Guiltinan MJ, Shannon JC, Thompson DB. 2002. Single kernel sampling method for maize starch analysis while maintaining kernel vitality. Cereal Chemistry, 79: 757-762