M.Sc. - Understanding the production of hybrid meat and plant protein systems

Position:  M.Sc. - Understanding the production of hybrid meat and plant protein systems

Description: The Laboratory of Meat Science and Technology is looking for an excellent candidate for a M.Sc. research project studying the production of hybrid meat and plant protein systems.

Our research laboratory focuses on understanding the functionality of different meat proteins and their interactions with various plant proteins. We employ different physical, chemical, biochemical, and optical methods to gain insight into the structure formation and its relation to texture and water binding (both essential for producing acceptable food products). Besides fundamental research, we also conduct applied research projects together with some industry partners. The research group is part of a dynamic, highly motivated team which is investing in high quality research, intensive training of students and collaboration with the industry.

The appointed student will be involved in ongoing research on the structure formation of hybrid meat and plant proteins, and interactions these proteins undergo during processing (e.g., hydration, heat induced gelation). This is a fast growing research field that is still not fully understood. Some examples of techniques that will be used are: texture analysis, dynamic rheology, microscopy, and sensory evaluation. A federally inspected meat laboratory is available at The University of Guelph and the student will also be trained in working at this industrial type setup. 

OAC Academic UnitDepartment of Food Science

Advisor Name: Dr. Shai Barbut

Pre-requisites:

The group is looking for an enthusiastic addition to our research team with the following qualifications:

  • Holding a BSc. degree in a relevant field  such as  food science, food biophysics, animal science, biochemistry  
  • Demonstrating good academic achievements
  • Capable of working in a team and as an independent critical researcher
  • Open to think and work interdisciplinary
  • Capable to present research results at project meetings / conferences 
  • Eager to publish in peer-reviewed journals and deliver timely reports in English
  • Keen to integrate in an international research team

Application Instructions: For more information, please contact Dr. S. Barbut (sbarbut@uoguelph.ca)