Our Team

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Dr. Feng

Dr. Feng is an assistant professor of food science at Purdue University. Feng’s research program explores cultural, social, and environmental factors that affect food safety behaviors. The goal of Dr. Feng’s research program is to identify barriers to understanding food safety issues and evaluate strategies that empower stakeholders to make science-based decisions. By using both qualitative and quantitative research methods and working with farmers, food workers, and consumers, Dr. Feng’s work can increase the knowledge of different sectors of the food supply chain: which include consumers, food processors, retailers and the policymakers.

PhD Students

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Merlyn received her master’s in food science  from the University of Georgia and is pursuing her PhD in Dr. Feng’s lab studying the social implications of  food safety. She has assisted in projects related to pet food safety and food handling practices of university students. Currently, she is working on projects related to food safety and the COVID-19 pandemic. She hopes to learn and grow during her time at Purdue and in the Feng Lab.




My name is Han and I'm currently a graduate student in Dr. Feng’s lab. Currently, I'm working on the veteran farmer project, which is to evaluate the attitude, knowledge, and practices of veteran farmers. Previously, we found out that there was little research conducted to understand the barriers faced by veteran farmers who may struggle to balance profits and the increasing food safety regulatory requirements. Therefore, we want to identify the major barriers and develop a better food safety education program for veteran farmers.


Master Students



My name is Juan C. Archila Godínez, and I received a BSc. in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University, Honduras. Since 2019, I have had the opportunity to assist in some projects from Dr. Feng’s lab. Currently, I am pursuing my MS in Dr. Feng’s lab, evaluating the effectiveness of online food safety educational materials for small food processors and veteran farmers. I hope these coming years will be of professional and personal growth in the lab.




My name is Megan Low and I graduated with a BSc in Food Science from the University in Minnesota in 2018. Over the past 3 months, I have been working remotely from Malaysia on a project with Dr. Feng examining the effects of situational factors on consumers' menu selection of risky food items. I will join as an MS student in her lab starting Spring 2021 and look forward to starting the consumer perception research in flour safety.


Undergraduate Students



My name is Leah and I am a sophomore undergraduate student studying public health. I am conducting video reviews for the observational study conducted at Salem High School.


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My name is Ishani and I am currently a freshman food science major at Purdue. My role in the lab is to help Dr. Feng with various research projects. I’ve mainly worked on identifying, extracting and analyzing data from published research to enable meta-analyses of key factors in food safety practices and processes. I’m very excited to be starting out my freshman year in Dr. Feng’s lab!


Ziyue Zhang


Ziyue is a Junior majoring in Food Science. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the lab. Currently, she is helping Dr.Feng do the on-line survey project on pet food safety.



I am a sophomore double majoring in Food Science and Biological Engineering with a concentration in food and bioprocessing. As an undergraduate research assistant, I help collect food handling data from various video recipes. I also assist with a food safety workshop geared towards individuals of low socioeconomic backgrounds.




My name is Cai Chen and I am a freshman at Purdue majoring in agribuisness. I'm currently working with Han on the veteran farmer project. I code literature reviews, transcribe focus groups, and assist Han in carrying out focus groups.



My name is Sanjana Manjrekar and I am currently a Sophomore studying Nutrition and Food in Business. My role in Dr. Feng’s Lab is to help with video analysis and data entry in the Dry Woodier Mushrooms study and other research studies at the Lab.

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My name is Alexandra 'Sasha' Nerney and I am currently a junior studying Food Science with a minor in Fermentation at Purdue. I have always had interest in food safety and am excited to hone my skills helping as an undergraduate intern in Dr. Feng's lab!


My name is Isabelle Yates, and I am currently a sophomore studying Biological Engineering at Purdue. I have always had an interest in food safety and ways to make our food safer. I look forward to working with Dr. Feng and everyone else in the lab to help improve food safety and keep our community informed!


My name is Ella and I am currently a sophomore studying food science at Purdue. This is my first time in a research lab, and I am excited to assist Dr. Feng and others with projects to improve food safety in our community.

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I am a Junior studying Food Science and Finance at Purdue. Currently, I am assisting Juan and Han on the Wood Ear Mushroom Content Analysis as an undergraduate research assistant in the Feng Lab.




My name is Anna Garrison and I am a senior in the Nutrition Science/Dietetics & Nutrition, Fitness and Health double major. I am also minoring in Psychology. My role in Dr. Feng’s lab is to assist her on the “Dietetics Food Safety Project”. I will be working with the project team to further analyze and interpret the survey data, then continue on to constructing a manuscript describing everything this study has revealed. I am extremely honored to be a part of such a prestigious lab and to be working under someone as accomplished as Dr. Feng.



My name is Melissa M. Suárez Escala, I’m currently a junior majoring in Food Science at Purdue University. My role in the lab is to help Dr. Feng in creating content for the web page and social media. I’m very excited to be starting out at Dr. Feng’s lab this year!




My name is Alyson McGovern and I am a junior majoring in Food Science with a minor in Fermentation Sciences. I am passionate about food safety in the food industry ranging from ingredient suppliers, plant manufacturing practices, and consumer product response. In the lab I will create and learn ways to spread the importance of food safety to all consumers

Visiting Students

There are currently no visiting students in the lab.

Summer Interns

There are currently no summer interns in the lab.