Graduate Student Profile - Xinruo “Tina” Zhao

tina-final.jpgXinruo “Tina” Zhao successfully defended her M.S. thesis on September 14, 2023. Xinruo is originally from  Wuhan, China. Prior to coming to Purdue, she obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Food Science from Purdue University.

Xinruo's thesis was entitled, "Dietary Fibers Suppress Clostridium difficiles in in vitro Human Fecal Fermentation." In her research, Xinruo used dietary fibers to support the gut microbes that live inside our gut to control a pathogen that can cause diarrhea. Xinruo designed dietary fibers that are more powerful than other dietary fibers that can better control the pathogen.

Xinruo's mentor was Dr. Bruce Hamaker. Other members of her gradate committee included Dr. Thaisa Cantu-Jungles, Dr. Timothy Johnson, and Dr. Ali Keshavarzian.

Xinruo made the decision to stay in Purdue's Food Science department for her Master's degree after working in Dr. Hamaker's lab as an undergraduate because she wanted to continue her research. Xinruo recommends Purdue Food Science to prospective graduate students, stating, "This is very nice department with many professors doing amazing research. This is a very supportive community in a calm and safe area."

While pursuing her Master's degree, Xinruo was also active in the Purdue Animation, Comic and Game Association. In the future, Xinruo plans to apply for a Ph.D. program to continue her education. Best of luck in your future endeavors, Xinruo!