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Current Issue Summer 2017

Dr. Luxin Wang

Dr. Luxin Wang grew up in China and obtained her B.S. degree from Shandong Agricultural University. She studied at the University of Missouri for 5 years and obtained a M.S. degree in Food Science focusing on food safety, a M.S. degree in Biological Engineering focusing on the application of biosensors on pathogen detection, and a Ph.D. degree in Food Science focusing on food microbiology. Upon graduation, Dr. Wang was awarded the FDA/CFSAN ORISE fellowship in 2009 and worked for the Western Center for Food Safety and the Department of Food Science and Technology at University of California Davis from September 2009 to December 2011. Dr. Wang has developed a series of novel detection techniques that can rapidly and accurately detect pathogens from various food products. One rapid detection technology paper she published in 2007 received the citation award from the International Association of Food Protection in 2012. Since she joined Auburn in January 2012 as an assistant professor, Dr. Wang has successfully developed a research program for ensure food safety. She uses systematic approaches and address the food safety issues from both pre-harvest and post-harvest perspectives and use both traditional microbiology techniques and the cutting edge omics tools. Her research has been supported by agencies such as the USDA and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. Dr. Wang received her tenure in February 2017 and got promoted to associate professor at the same time.       


Listing of Recent Publications

See a listing of our faculty’s recently published research journal articles, book chapters, presentations and more.

  • Dr. Jacek Wower, after serving for 10 years as an associate editor, will become a Section Editor for BMC Molecular Biology journal on April 1, 2017. BMC Molecular Biology journal is one of 65 online research journals published by BioMed Central (BMC), a United Kingdom-based scientific publisher owned by Springer Nature. It is publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of DNA and RNA in a cellular context, encompassing investigations of chromatin, replication, recombination, mutation, repair, transcription, translation and RNA processing and function.

Picture of that states Happy BirthdayHappy Birthday 

August 28 — Dr. Russ Muntifering

September 12 — Johnisha Harris

September 27 — Dr. Paul Dyce


Department Highlights
  • Boyd Brady was awarded 2017 Adviser of the Year for the College of Agriculture 
  • Santa Gertrudis Employees, Wayne Greene, and Bob Britton

    Santa Gertrudis is set to come to Auburn May 1st, 54 embryos were donated to Auburn to help establish a purebred Santa Gertrudis herd. 
  • AU Decals are For Sale
    •  All proceeds will directly benefit Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association. You can purchase your decal today in Upchurch Hall 210 or 317. 
    • Department of Animal Sciences decal

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