Kollanoor Johny recognized by Institute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Outstanding Service Award – Food Microbiology Division annually recognizes one of its active members who strive to advance the Division specialty’s field of research or industry or has a long history of service to the Division. IFT is an international, non-profit scientific organization of food professionals engaged in various fields of food science in academia, government, and industry. It has more than 17,000 members from close to 100 countries. The central activities of the institute have been organized into divisions, of which Food Microbiology division is one of the largest.

This governance year (2017-18), Anup Kollanoor Johny, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota was selected for the award. He received the award on July 16, 2018, during the joint gathering of the Food Microbiology, Fruits, and Vegetables, and Biotechnology Divisions held as a part of the IFT Annual Meeting in Chicago (July 15-18, 2018).

Johny has been a member of IFT since 2007. He is currently serving the Division as Secretary, and Chair of Scientific Programs. Johny has previously served the Division as Awards Chair, and Chair of Scientific Programs. He has been serving the judges’ panel of the IFT John Z. Ordal and John Ayres Graduate Research Competitions since 2014. He has been a session proposal reviewer for the Food Microbiology, Food Processing and Packaging, Food Safety and Defense, and the Product Development and Ingredient Innovations tracks in various years and serving as the Division Lead Reviewer for the technical research papers since 2014. He was involved with the IFT Poster Enhancement Workgroup in the 2015-16 governance year as well.

Johny has served the Minnesota IFT Board as a Member-at-Large and has been contributing to the Harold Macy Award Committee since 2016. Before joining the Minnesota Section, he served the Connecticut IFT Board as Chair of Communication and Memberships, and Webmaster. Johny was one of the three founding members of the University of Connecticut Chapter of IFT Student Association. In 2013 and 2014, Johny received Section Achievement Awards from IFT for his exceptional volunteerism serving the Connecticut section. His activities contributed to obtaining the Section of Merit status to Connecticut in 2013, and Section of Excellence status in 2014. Previously, Johny had served as a Board Member, Treasurer, and Joint-Secretary of the Kerala Agricultural University Section of the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists India, the Indian affiliate of IFT.

Johny has been an active researcher in food microbiology and safety through these years focusing on developing natural antimicrobial alternatives against major foodborne pathogens in poultry and animal-derived food products. He joined the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota in the December of 2013.