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Kirty Wadhawan Completes M.S. in Cereal Sciences

Kirty Wadhawan defended her thesis to complete her M.S. Cereal Science degree on May 9, 2014. Her research evaluated factors favoring Zein and gum arabic coacervate formation.
Kirty Wadhawan Completes M.S. in Cereal Sciences

Kirty Wadhawan

Kirty Wadhawan, M.S. graduate in Cereal Science at North Dakota State University, defended her thesis on Friday, May 9, 2014.

After earning her B.S. in Microbiology at North Dakota State University, Wadhawan, a New Delhi, India native, was accepted into the Cereal Science graduate program. She viewed the challenge of graduate school as “another opportunity NDSU gave me to prove myself.” Perhaps it’s no surprise that Kirty’s advice to prospective students is, “Work hard and always believe in yourself.”

Working under Dr. Pushparajah Thavarajah, Wadhawan focused on coacervates, which are biopolymer mixtures of protein and polysaccharides. For her research, Zein protein and gum arabic polysaccharide were used and factors favoring Zein and gum arabic coacervate formation were evaluated. Her research was highlighted when she was chosen as a finalist in NDSU’s 2013 and 2014 Innovation Challenge, a campus-wide call for the finest examples of graduate level research.

Wadhawan’s future plans include seeking a job in food safety related to quality assurance.

Kirty Wadhawan’s graduate committee included Dr. Frank Manthey, Dr. Margaret Khaitsa, Dr. Dilrukshi Thavarajah, and adviser, Dr. Pushparajah Thavarajah.

Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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