Research Group

Bismarck Martinez

Bismarck Martinez is a research specialist working at The Food Processing Center. He received his Doctoral and Master degrees in Food Science and Technology at UNL. During his Master and Doctoral programs, he investigated the potential transmission of E. coli O157:H7 on wheat fields and the presence of sporeforming bacteria in the milk production chain in Nebraska, respectively. He has been working in Dr. Stratton and Dr. Bianchini's Lab since 2011. Currently, he conducts research projects related to microbial interventions for food companies. 

Rodrigo

Rodrigo Mendoza is from Guatemala and received his BS in Food Engineering from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). After completion of his masters in Food Science and Technology (UNL) advised by Dr. Jayne Stratton, he transitioned to the PhD program in the FDST at UNL, currently advised by Dr. Andréia Bianchini. His interests include food safety and food quality of cereal and cereal based products. Rodrigo’s research encompasses multiple aspects of corn storage and pathology, focusing broadly on limiting post-harvest loss of corn to insects, molds and mycotoxins.

Luis Sabillón

Luis Sabillón is a Master's student in the Department of Food Science & Technology. He received his bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University in Honduras and Master's degree in Business Administration from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at the UNL, Luis worked as a Meat Plant Manager at Zamorano University. His thesis research, advised by Dr. Bianchini, is focuses on improving of the safety of wheat flour and other cereal based products.

Brandon Nguyen

Brandon Nguyen is a Master's student in the Department of Food Science and Technology. He is continuing his education at UNL after receiving his Bachelor's of Science degree in Food Science and Technology in 2015. His thesis research, advised by Dr. Andreia Bianchini, is on detection and quantification of fungi in dairy products.