Dr. Bruce R. Hamaker, Purdue University, United States of America
Talk Title: Concept of tailoring fiber-based prebiotics for personalized gut health
Bruce R. Hamaker is Distinguished Professor of Food Science at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He also holds the Roy L. Whistler Chair and is Director of the Whistler Center of Carbohydrate Research. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Indiana University; his graduate studies were in human nutrition (M.S.) and food chemistry (Ph.D.) from Purdue University, and post-doctoral study at the Instituto de Investigacion Nutricional in Lima, Peru (supervisor, George Graham, Johns Hopkins University). He was in the U.S. Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa from 1977-1979. He has over 230 refereed publications in food science, human nutrition, biochemistry and broad spectrum journals, as well as numerous book chapters. He has advised over 60 M.S and Ph.D. students and over 20 post-doctoral scientists. Bruce’s research is known in the area of food carbohydrates and proteins with applications related to topics of nutrition, health and wellness. In this regard, he has a number of medical and nutrition group collaborations. He has been and continues to be active in international research collaborations in Africa, Asia and Latin America; and particularly in development-oriented research and applied programs in West and East Africa.
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