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Biological Systems Engineering Graduate Students

Prashant R. Pokhrel

Ph.D. Candidate & Current Fellows

Advisor: Dr. Gustavo V. Barbosa Cánovas


Education

  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
    Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Expected August 2017
    USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowship in Food Engineering
    Advisor: Dr. Gustavo V. Barbosa Cánovas
    Proposed dissertation topic: Processing of carrot juice blends by combined nonthermal technologies
  • Tribhuvan University, Dharan, Nepal
    B. Tech. in Food Technology, November 2011
    Advisor:  Dr. Surendra Bahadur Katwal
    Dissertation: Formulation, Preparation and Quality Evaluation of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food for Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition.

Paper Published

  • Martínez-Flores, H. E., Garnica-Romo, M. G., Bermúdez-Aguirre, D., Pokhrel, P. R., & Barbosa-Cánovas, G. V. (2015). Physico-chemical parameters, bioactive compounds and microbial quality of thermo-sonicated carrot juice during storage. Food chemistry, 172, 650-656.

Manuscript in Progress

  • Pokhrel, P.R., Bermúdez-Aguirre, D., Martínez-Flores, H., Garnica-Romo, G., and Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V. Application of Thermo-sonication to Inactivate E. coli (ATCC 11755) and Study Changes on Physical and Chemical Attributes in Fresh Carrot Juice
  • Rodrigues, I., Trindade, M.A, Caramit, F.R.,  Candogan, K., Pokhrel, P.R., and Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V. Effect of High Pressure Processing on Physical-Chemical And Microbiological Properties of Marinated Beef with Reduced Sodium Content

Conference Presentations

  • Pokhrel, P.R., Toniazzo, T., and Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V. Combined Effect of High Pressure Processing and Nisin on the Inactivation of Listeria innocua andEscherichia coli in Carrot Juice. Conference of Food Engineering, The Ohio State University, September 2016
  • Pokhrel, P.R, Garcia-Jange, C., Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V. Inactivation of E. coli(ATCC 11755) in Fresh Carrot Juice by High Pressure Processing (HPP) and Sonication: A Comparative Study. Institute of Food Technologist Annual Meeting (poster presentation), July 2015
  • *Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V., and Pokhrel, P.R. Pulsed Electric Fields for Biomaterials Processing. The Electroporation-based Technologies for Bio-refinery Workshop, Compiègne, France (Invited oral presentation) January 2015. (*Speaker)
  • Bermudez-Aguirre, D., Pokhrel, P.R., Martínez-Flores, H., Garnica-Romo, G., and Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V. A Microbiological and Chemical Study on the Shelf-Life of a Thermal and ThermoSonicated Orange-Carrot Juice Beverage. Institute of Food Technologist Annual Meeting (poster presentation), June 2014
  • Pokhrel, P.R., Bermúdez-Aguirre, D., Martínez-Flores, H., Garnica-Romo, G., and Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V. Inactivation of E. coli (ATCC 11755) and physicochemical changes of fresh carrot juice treated by ultrasound. Institute of Food Technologist Annual Meeting (poster presentation), June 2014.
  • Martínez-Flores, H., Garnica-Romo, G., Bermudez-Aguirre, D., Pokhrel, P.R., and G. V. Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V. Physico-Chemical and Microbial Quality Changes of Thermo-Sonicated Carrot Juice During Storage. Institute of Food Technologist Annual Meeting (poster presentation), June 2014

Memberships

  • Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) member, 2013- present
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) member,2014- present
  • The American Oil Chemists’ society (AOCS) member, 2014- present

Activities and Leadership while at WSU

  • Nepalese Students’ Association-WSU, President (2016/17)
  • Nepalese Students’ Association-WSU, Secretary (2015/16)
  • Food Engineering Club (FEC) member, 2013- present
  • CAHNRS representative 2014- 2016

Workshop Attended

  • COMSOL 5.0 and Application Builder workshop, Pullman, March 2015

Involvement with Industrial Projects

  • Application of Pulsed Electric Fields for the processing of fresh raw juice blends of different pH and conductivity (1 month)
  • Study on the retention of chlorophyll and inactivation of natural flora in fresh green juice by Pulsed electric fields (1 week)
  • Thermo-Sonication and High Pressure Processing of raw milk for the preparation of Queso Fresco cheese (1 month)

Prashant R. Pokhrel

Prashant R. Pokhrel


Current Fellows

Ellen R. Bornhorst

Prashant R. Pokhrel

Nydia Muñoz-Rodriguez

Biological Systems Engineering
Washington State University
Pullman WA 99164-6120


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