The Organizing Commitee

Gene Arganosa, University of Saskatchewan

Gene has been managing the quality evaluation of Pulses (chickpeas, dry beans, fababeans, lentils, peas and soybeans) and Specialty Crops (spices) at the Grains Innovation Lab at the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan since 1998 and up until September 2017, the crops also included barley and oats.  More recently, flax/linseed and forages have also been added.

Supratim Ghosh, University of Saskatchewan

Supratim Ghosh is an assistant professor in the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences of University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He received PhD from the Pennsylvania State University, USA and performed postdoctoral research at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. His research interest is in emulsion science including food physical chemistry, structure-function relationship, nanotechnology and complex colloidal chemistry.

Rakesh Kapoor, Bioriginal Food and Science Corporation

Dr. Rakesh Kapoor, Ph.D. is a Director of Science & Technology, at Bioriginal Food & Science Corporation, responsible for product development (from concept to scale up production), and New technology evaluation. Dr. Kapoor interacts with University researchers globally, to stimulate research on functional oils rich in omega 3 and gamma linolenic acid.  Before joining Bioriginal, Dr. Kapoor worked at University of Saskatchewan (Pharmacology Hematology and Physiology departments between 1988 – 1997), working in the area of oxygen free radicals in health and disease.  Prior to coming to Canada, Dr. Kapoor was a scientist in the product development division of the world's largest Ayurvedic product manufacturing company. He gained a wealth of experience in formulation development, analytical method development, and herb standardization and clinical trial design and management.  Dr. Kapoor has published his research in peer reviewed journals and written book chapeters and has presented at various international conferences. Dr. Kapoor holds Ph.D. in Physiology form University of Saskatchewan and Masters and Bachelor degree in Pharmacy from University of Delhi, India. During his career, Dr. Kapoor has received many national and international awards.

Xiao Qiu (Conference Chair), University of Saskatchewan

Xiao Qiu is a Professor in the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. After graduation, he spent two years as Research Associate in the National Research Council of Canada, and seven years in the food industry first as Research Scientist and later as Research Director. In 2006, he joined the University of Saskatchewan as a faculty member to set up an institutional lipid biotechnology program. Since 2009, he has also been an Adjunct Research Officer in the National Research Council of Canada. His research interest covers plant and microbial lipids, and their biosynthesis and metabolic engineering in oilseed crops and oleaginous microorganisms.

Suneru Perera, POS Biosciences

Suneru Perera is a research scientist with POS Bio-Sciences in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the division of proteins and carbohydrates. His focus is on process development and scaling up of protein ingredients for food, feed and bio-product applications. Suneru has a master’s degree in Food science from university of Saskatchewan and is a member of Proteins and Co-Products division of American Oil Chemists’ Society.

Martin Reaney, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Martin J. T. Reaney is a professor of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, and is also the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (SMA) Chair of Lipid Quality and Utilization. The SMA chair is mandated to develop new technology for oilseed processing and producing commercial bioproducts with enhanced value. The commercial activity resulting from this research is intended to generate wealth for the Canadian agriculture sector.

Mark Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Mark Smith is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  He joined AAFC in September 2017 after spending 12 years as a Research Officer with the National Research Council Canada in Saskatoon.  The Smith lab combines lipid analysis, biochemistry, genetics and genomics to uncover and manipulate the pathways of seed storage lipid biosynthesis. His team works with canola (Brassica napus) and the emerging oilseed crop camelina (Camelina sativa), applying a range of transgenic and non-transgenic approaches to improve seed oil content and quality. He is also interested in the structural and compositional diversity of seed oils from wild species and garden plants, exploring their potential as renewable oleochemical feedstocks or new sources of nutraceutical oils.

Janitha Wanasundara, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Janitha Wanasundara is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,  Saskatoon Research and Development Centre in the science sector strategy of Bioproducts and Clean Technologies. Her research interests are on developing enhanced utilization strategies for Brassica oilseeds and pulses grown in Canada through understanding the biochemistry and molecular structure of their seed storage proteins.  She is an active member of the Protein and Co Products division of ACOS and also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Thushan S. Withana-Gamage, POS Bio-Sciences

Thushan S. Withana-Gamage is a senior scientist at POS Bio-Sciences, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He has extensive technical background in the extraction, isolation and purification of proteins, lipids, fats and oil associated components from oilseeds and microbial biomass at lab/pilot scales. He has earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Sri Jayewardenepura University (Sri Lanka), an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Food Science from University of Saskatchewan.

Jitao Zou, National Research Council of Canada

Jitao Zou received his B.Sc. in Biology from Beijing Normal University and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Following completion of his degree, Dr. Zou conducted postdoctoral training at Yale University and then joined the National Research Council Canada (NRC) in 1992. He is a Senior Research Officer at NRC-Saskatoon and adjunct professor at the Biology Department, University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Zou’s interests are centered on the use of Genomic and Molecular Genetic tools to study plant lipid metabolism. Research in his laboratory seeks to uncover metabolic components underlying seed oil content and composition traits, particularly fatty acyltransferases of the glyeroipid pathway. Dr. Zou also has strong interest in the biochemical basis of abiotic stress adaptation and is currently working on understanding lipid pathway interactions under abiotic stresses.

For more information, please contact Prof. Xiao Qiu (xiao.qiu@usask.ca or 306-966-2181) or any other members of the organizing committee.