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Outstanding AlumnusDr. Mary Ellen Sanders

Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders

Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders is an internationally recognized consultant in the area of probiotic microbiology, who for 22 years has helped food and supplement companies develop and communicate about probiotic products.  She received her M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) in food science at NC State University under direction of Dr. Todd Klaenhammer.  She was awarded the Kenneth R. Keller award for the outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for her work on bacteriophage defense mechanism in Lactococcus lactisDr. Sanders led the founding and growth of International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), served as its founding president, and continues to serve as the executive director.  She has been an inspirational leader in the development and commercial explosion of probiotic microbes in the food and dairy industries, and the science behind establishing their beneficial impacts on health and well being.  More recently, she has been instrumental in defining regulatory positions that impact industry claims and product releases, both in the USA and in Europe.

Outstanding Young Alumnus

Cristina SabliovDr. Cristina M. Sabliov

Cristina M. Sabliov joined the Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) Department at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in October of 2003. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University holding a double-major Ph.D. in Food Science and Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering.
During her tenure at LSU, Dr. Sabliov quickly developed an expertise in the field of nanotechnology, specifically on polymeric nanoparticles designed for delivery of bioactive components for improved human health.

During the past five years, her research was supported by federal (USDA, NSF, ACS, NOAA) and state (LA-BOR, SBB, RRB, ASCL) agencies. Her research was published in reputable journals such as Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Journal of Food Engineering, Journal of
Biomaterial Science-Polymer Edition, Nanotechnology, Bioresource Technology, and Journal of Physical Chemistry. Dr. Sabliov co-authored a chapter on Encapsulation and Controlled Release of Antioxidants and Vitamins via Polymeric Nanoparticles published in Controlled Release
Technologies for Targeted Nutrition. 

Dr. Sabliov organized several IFT and AIChE sessions on the topic of Nanotechnology and Food, and served as the 2007-2008 chair of the ad-hoc committee on nanotechnology associated with the NC1023 group, Improvement of Thermal and Alternative Processes for Foods. Dr. Sabliov is determined to contribute significantly to the application of nanotechnology to foods by conducting high quality research, teaching and training students in this field, and sharing her knowledge with the general public making her an ideal recipient for the 2012 Outstanding Young Alumnus award.


Past Winners

Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC  27695
(919) 515-2951