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Ana Magallanes López Defends M.S. Thesis

Ana Magallanes López defended her Cereal Science M.S. thesis, “Fate of Deoxynivalenol During Wet Milling” September 7, 2018. She will present a seminar on her research October 8.
Ana Magallanes López Defends M.S. Thesis

Magallanes Lopez (right) and advisor Senay Simsek

September 19, 2018

Ana Magallanes López defended her Cereal Science M.S. thesis, “Fate of Deoxynivalenol During Wet Milling” September 7, 2018. She will present a seminar on her research October 8. Her advisor is Senay Simsek, Bert L. D'Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Professor.

The fungal disease Fusarium Head Blight affects cereal grains and can produce mycotoxins, such as the water-soluble deoxynivalenol (DON). López’s research demonstrates that the wet milling process for wheat, which separates starch from gluten, can be an effective method to reduce or eliminate DON from starch and gluten found in farina/semolina from hard red spring wheat and durum wheat, adding value to contaminated grain.

López chose the North Dakota State University Cereal Science program because of her experience working with NDSU alumni, who had gained a “complete set of skills and knowledge” through their graduate studies at NDSU. She says she was “thrilled to have a chance to work with the internationally recognized scientists at NDSU.”

During her time at NDSU, López received the People’s Choice Award at the Quality Grains Research Consortium Annual Meeting (2018); two Cereal Science Travel Scholarships (2017, 2018); and an American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) Travel Scholarship (2017). She also was a member of the AACCI Student Association and the NDSU Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association.

López, who is from Mexico, received her undergraduate degree in Agroindustrial Engineering from Chapingo Autonomous University, Mexico.

She will pursue her Ph.D. in the Cereal Science program at NDSU, advised by Simsek.

Her graduate committee included Simsek, Dr. Frank Manthey, Dr. Linda Dyes, and Dr. Saleem Shaik.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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