Wheat quality specialist at NDSU receives international research award

Farm Forum

The American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) has awarded the 2013 AACCI Young Scientist Award to Senay Simsek, assistant professor in hard red spring wheat end quality at North Dakota State University. The award is presented annually to an individual for “outstanding contributions in basic and applied research to cereal science with the expectation that contributions will continue.” As winner of the award Simsek will present a lecture on “Cereal Metabolomics: Challenges and Opportunities” at the AACCI Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM in September 2013.

Simsek’s research focuses on the effects of the chemical composition of grains (mainly wheat) on end-product quality. She has conducted research and supervised activities in structure function relationship among bio-macromolecules (particularly, starch and non-starch polysaccharides) found in food systems. Dr. Simsek also oversees the annual regional crop quality survey for hard red spring wheat and the quality evaluation of new varietal lines of HRS and HRW at NDSU. The North Dakota Wheat Commission has also found her to be a valuable resource with international customers where she assists with technical training and education on trade team visits here, and participates in international seminars. She joined the department of Plant Sciences at NDSU in 2007 after earning her Ph.D. in food science at Purdue University in 2006.

AACCI provides opportunities for cereal grain scientists through continuing education and networking. Also, AACCI is recognized as scientific authority for worldwide regulatory agencies which allows for timely and expert advice and recommendations when grain industry issues arise. Nearly 2500 global scientists and food industry professionals are members of AACCI.