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Yong  Li

Name :

Yong Li

Title :

Assistant Professor

Unit :

Department of Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences

Address :

1955 East West Road
                    Honolulu, HI 96822

Room :

Ag Sciences Building 302C

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Professional Prep/Appointments :

• M.A. Statistics, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2005
• Ph.D. Food Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004
• M.S. Microbiology, China Agricultural University, China, 1997
• B.S. Microbiology, China Agricultural University, China, 1994

Projects :

• PI, with Iwaoka, W.  Detection and control of Salmonella in ahi and Pacific white shrimp.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2009-2012
• PI, with Huang, A.S.  An integrated approach for the quality improvement of guava puree and kava beverage by a non-thermal dense phase carbon dioxide pasteurization.  USDA-CSREES T-STAR. 2008-2011
• PI, with Huang, A.S.  Molecular fingerprinting of lactic acid bacteria in soil for taro cultivation.  HPC Foods, Ltd. 2008-2009
• PI.  Survival, recovery, and quantification of target pathogenic bacteria in pineapple, guava, and orange juices.  USDA-CSREES T-STAR. 2006-2011
• PI.  Rapid quantitation of two major food-borne pathogens in Hawaii by using real-time PCR.  Hawaii Community Foundation. 2006-2009



Selected Courses Taught:

• FSHN 403. Microbiology of Foods
• FSHN 440. Food Safety
• FSHN 701. Rapid Detection and Fingerprinting of Microbes in Food



Research Interests :

• Genetic fingerprinting of microbial communities in food
• Microbial survival and virulence during food processing
• Rapid detection of foodborne pathogens
• Probiotics and functional food
• Predictive microbiology

Selected Recent Publications :

• Liang, N.J., Dong, J., Luo, L.X., and Li, Y. 2011. Detection of viable Salmonella on lettuce by propidium monoazide-real time PCR. Journal of Food Science 76:M234-237

• Jenkins, D.M., Kubota, R., Dong, J., Li, Y., and Higashiguchi, D.  2011.  Handheld device for real-time, quantitative, LAMP-based detection of Salmonella enterica using assimilating probes. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 30:255-260

• Dong, J., Kandukuru, P., Huang, A., and Li, Y. 2011. PCR-DGGE analysis of bacterial community dynamics in kava beverages during refrigeration. Letters in Applied Microbiology 53:30-34

• Kim, S., Lu, L., Chung, J.H., Lee, K., Li, Y., and Jun, S. 2011. A microwire sensor for rapid detection of Escherichia coli K12 in fresh produce.  Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies 12:617-622

• Iwaoka, W.T., Li, Y., and Rhee, W.Y. 2010.  Measuring gains in critical thinking in food science and human nutrition courses: the Cornell Critical Thinking Test, problem-based learning activities, and student journal entries.  Journal of Food Science Education 9:68-75

• He, H.F., Li, Y., Castro, A.L., Dong, J., and Lee, C.N. 2010.  Microbiological quality of pasteurized milk in Hawaii.  Pacific Agriculture and Natural Resources 2:20-25

• Xia, Y.Y., Li, Q.X., Gong, H.J., Li, Y., Cao, Y.S., Liu, X.L., and Li, J.Q. 2010.  Development of a monoclonal antibody-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the analysis of the new fungicide 2-allylphenol in strawberry fruits.  Food Chemistry 120:1178-1184

• Wang L.X., Li Y., and Mustapha, A. 2009.  Detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 by ethidium monoazide-multiplex real-time PCR. Journal of Applied Microbiology 107:1719-1728

• Kandukuru, P., Huang, A.S., Dong, J., Bittenbender, H.C., and Li, Y. 2009.  Rapid identification of bacterial isolates from aqueous kava (Piper methysticum) extracts by polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing.  Letters in Applied Microbiology 49:764-768

• He, H.F., Dong, J., Lee, C.N., and Li, Y. 2009.  Molecular analysis of spoilage-related bacteria in pasteurized milk during refrigeration by polymerase chain reaction and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.  Journal of Food Protection 72:572-577 

• Wang L.X., Li Y., and Mustapha, A. 2007.  Rapid and simultaneous quantitation of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Shigella in ground beef using real-time multiplex PCR and IMS.  Journal of Food Protection 70:1366-1372

• Zhu, S.S., Liu, X.L., Liu, P.F., Li, Y., Li, J.Q., Wang, H.M., Yuan, S.K., and Si, N.G. 2007.  Flumorph is a novel fungicide that disrupts microfilament organization in Phytophthora melonis.  Phytopathology 97: 643-649

• Mustapha, A. and Li, Y. 2006.  Molecular Detection of Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens.  In: J.H. Maurer (ed), PCR Methods in Foods, pp. 69-90, Springer, New York

• Fu, C.J., Carter, J.N., Li, Y., Porter, J.H., and Kerley, M.S. 2006.  Comparison of agar plate and real-time PCR on enumeration of Lactobacillus, Clostridia, and total anaerobic bacteria in dog feces and the feasibility of bacterial DNA as a total rumen bacterial marker.  Letters in Applied Microbiology 42:490-494
• Li, Y., Zhuang, S., and Mustapha, A. 2005.  Application of a multiplex PCR for the simultaneous detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Shigella in raw and ready-to-eat meat products.  Meat Science 71:402-406
• Li, Y. and Mustapha, A. 2004.  Development of a polymerase chain reaction assay to detect enteric bacteria in ground beef.  Food Microbiology 21:369-375
• Li, Y. and Mustapha, A. 2004.  Simultaneous detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Shigella in apple cider and produce by a multiplex PCR.  Journal of Food Protection 67:27-33
• Li, Y. and Mustapha, A. 2002.  Evaluation of four template preparation methods for polymerase chain reaction-based detection of Salmonella in ground beef and chicken. Letters in Applied Microbiology 35:508-512
• Gruen, I.U., Adhikari, K., Li, C., Li, Y., Lin, B., Zhang, J.L., and Fernando, L.N.  2001.  Changes in the profile of genistein, daidzein and their conjugates during thermal processing of tofu.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 49:2839-2843