2009-2013 Ph.D. (Food Science) University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
2002-2005 M.S. (Pharmacochemistry) Chongqing University, China
1998-2002 B.S. (Food Science & Engineering) Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, China
The primary mission of Dr. Rao's research is to foster long-term economic benefits for North Dakota and United States through value-added agricultural products. In pursuing this mission, Dr. Rao launched a food biopolymer and ingredient lab and formed a research team to utilize foods and their by-product streams. These include products and by-products from cereal, legumes and oil crops. Two primary research foci currently exist in Dr. Rao’s research program at NDSU.
(1)Improving plant protein functionality.
(2)Development of delivery systems for encapsulation of bioactive ingredients
1. 2016.03-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.
2. 2013.08-2016.02 Senior Scientist, Global Beverage Research and Product Development Center, PepsiCo Inc, Valhalla, NY.
3. 2013.05-2013.07 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
4. 2005.07-2009.02 Assistant Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University of Technology, Chongqing, China
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