Principle Investigator

Dr. Haotian Zheng

Assistant Professor, Department of FOOD, BIOPROCESSING & NUTRITION SCIENCES

Secretary: Dairy Foods Division Council, American Dairy Science Association

Editorial Board Member: Journal of Dairy Science

Editorial Board Member: BMC Chemistry by Springer-Nature

Journal Topics Board Member: Dairy by MDPI

Ph.D., Food Science, University of Otago, New Zealand (2014), Advisor: David Everett; Rafael Jimenez-Flores; Keith Gordon

M.S., Food Technology, Wageningen University, Netherlands (2010), Advisor: Harry Gruppen; Peter Wierenga

B.Eng., Food Science & Engineering, Northeast Agricultural University, China (2007)


PhD student:
  1. Yijing Shao (MS obtained from University of Idaho): project key words: Raman spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, UPLC-RI/DAD/CAD, UHT (Lab time 2021-)
  2. Usman Amin (MS obtained from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan): project key words: protein gel, emulsion, rheology, interfacial studies, tangential flow filtration (MF/UF/NF/RO), spray drying (Lab time 2021-)
  3. Hanyu Shi (MS obtained from Wageningen University): project key words: innovative manufacturing method for functional whey protein assemblies (Lab time 2022-)


MSc student: 
  1. Evelyn Lin (BS obtained from NC State): project Key words: protein gel, emulsion, rheology, interfacial studies (Lab time 2021-)
  2. Haoyi An (BS obtained from NC State): project Key words: powder rheology, interfacial studies (Lab time 2022-)
Research associate: 
  1. Sam Wang (BS & MS obtained from Kansas State): project Key words: enzymology, bio-reactor (2022-)
  2. Min Feng (visiting scholar from Chongqing Technology and Business University, China): (2022-2023)
Lab Alumni
  1. Bhavana Uppili (intern, 2020 summer)
  2. Nikhilesh Gore (temporary lab assistant, 2020-2021)
  3. Jonathan Strum (temporary lab assistant, 2020-2021)
  4. Chloe Brubaker (intern 2021 summer)
  5. Michelle Liang (intern 2021 summer)
  6. Zuri Kornegay (intern 2021 summer)
  7. Yueying Lin (NC State GEARS student 2021 summer)
  8. Siqing Xia (NC State GEARS student 2021 summer)
  9. Renyuan Li (NC State GEARS student 2021 summer)
  10. Xinyi Dai (NC State GEARS student 2021 summer)
  11. Yingying He (NC State GEARS student 2021 summer)
  12. Avinash Patel (Postdoc. Feb.2021 – Jan.2022)
  13. Andrew Christenson (MS 2020-2022), project key words: protein aggregates, Pickering emulsion, interfacial studies
  14. Yueyue Jiang (2022 summer intern from NC State)
  15. Nicolas Cheng (2022 summer intern from UC Davis)

Zheng Lab 2022

2022 Nov. Lab Barbeque at Jordan Lake, Raleigh, NC


Zheng Lab 2021


Graduate students at Zheng Lab: Usman Amin (PhD student), Yijing Shao (PhD student), Evelyn Lin (MS student), Andrew Christenson (MS student)