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Rao Joins Plant Sciences Faculty

The Department of Plant Sciences welcomes Dr. Jiajia Rao in the position of assistant professor in the Cereal and Food Sciences program.
Rao Joins Plant Sciences Faculty

Dr. Jiajia Rao

March 9, 2016

Dr. Jiajia Rao has joined the Department of Plant Sciences as assistant professor in the Cereal and Food Sciences program.

Rao earned a B.S. in Food Science and Technology at Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, China. She earned an M.S. in Pharmacochemistry at Chongqing University, China, and later held an assistant professor position in the School of Chemical Engineering. She earned her Ph.D. in Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was a postdoctoral associate following her degree completion. Prior to coming to NDSU, Rao was a senior scientist at PepsiCo, Inc.

Rao’s position is a 70% research/30% teaching appointment. She leads the Food Biopolymer and Ingredient research group, which works to identify the structure and functional properties of food biopolymers mainly from plant-based sources and their applications in food. The group integrates techniques from the fields of food science, cereal science, material science, and nanotechnology to bring added value to plant-based ingredients. She also will teach CFS 430/630 Food Unit Operations and CFS 480/680 Food Product Development.

Visit Rao’s faculty page at

Learn more about the NDSU Cereal and Food Science program at

Author: Kamie Beeson
Editor: Eileen Buringrud

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