Our Team

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Dr. Dharmendra Mishra is Processing Authority for acid / acidified and low-acid foods in both still and continuous flow systems. His expertise includes manufacturing multi-phase particulate modeling and validation, commercializing technologies, retort, aseptic, and novel thermal processing; mathematical modeling; inverse problems and statistical analysis. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, Dr. Mishra worked in the food industry for Campbell's Soup, Nestle Nutrition, and Mead Johnson Nutrition.

Dr. Mishra conducts the following extension workshops to train industry professionals:

  • Aseptic Workshop
  • Better Process Control School
  • Validation Workshop

Email: mishradh@purdue.edu



Rhonda Taylor obtained her Bachelor in Science from the Purdue University School of Agriculture in 2004, focusing on wildlife, ecology and land management. Additionally she obtained an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Biotechnology in 2012. Ms. Taylor has several years' experience working for a Fortune 500 company performing corn and soybean transformation as well as other microbiological techniques. She joined the Purdue Department of Food Science in 2013 as a Research Assistant and Food Safety Laboratory Manager.

Ms. Taylor worked mainly with foodborne pathogens related to beef and poultry. In 2017, she became the Food Science Outreach Extension Specialist and Food Processing Laboratory Manager. Her current job duties are to assist Food Science Extension programs by managing SafeProduceIN and Purdue's ServSafe website. She is an instructor for the Produce Safety Alliance and the ServSafe program as well. Ms. Taylor serves as the safety chairperson for the department and point of contact/program coordinator for the fresh produce industry, ServSafe program, home-based vendors, food processing validation studies and food processing workshops like Aseptic Processing and Packing, Better Process Control School and Validation: Aseptic Processing and Filling .

Email: taylorrm@purdue.edu

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Anbuhkani "Connie" Muniandy

Ph. D. Student

Connie earned her B.S. in Food Science from Purdue in 2013 and her M.S. in Food Science from the University of Idaho in 2015. She joined Dr. Mishra’s group in August 2017 to pursue her second master’s in food processing, after working in the food industry for 2 years in R&D. Currently, she is continuing her Ph.D with Dr. Mishra, developing an innovative technology for shelf life prediction of food and beverages.

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Manoj Sawale

Ph. D. Student

Manoj earned his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Pune University and Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Bangalore University (BU). He served as a petroleum microbiologist for ONGC- TERI Biotech ltd India. He served as a lab manager who was responsible for overall operation for tertiary oil recovery in Gujarat region.

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Halak Mehta

Master's Student

Halak is a Lynn Fellowship recipient. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2017 from B.M.S College of Engineering, India. Halak joined the Mishra lab in 2017 for Masters. Currently, her research focuses on improved methods for measurement of food thermal properties, specifically at aseptic processing temperatures.

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Fernando Cantarero

Master's Student

Fernando received his Bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Zamorano University, Honduras in 2017. He worked as an intern in Mishra Lab during the spring semester 2017, where he helped set up the lab. His Master's research focuses on designing an in-line method to measure food thermal properties during aseptic processing.


Javier Cruz

Master's Student

Javier received his agronomy technician degree from ENCA, Guatemala in 2014 and then received his Bachelor's degree in Food Science from Zamorano University, Honduras in December 2018. He worked as an intern in Mishra Lab during the spring semester 2018 on an image analysis project. He came back to pursue his MS degree with Dr. Mishra, working on green innovative CIP system.


Xiang "Chase" Cheng

Master's Student

Chase started working as an undergraduate researcher in Mishra lab since June 2018 and graduated from Purdue University in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science. After graduation, he continued his journey in Mishra lab for his master’s degree, with the research focus of developing a novel method for fouling detection in aseptic processing system.


Ajay Rawat

Master's Student

Ajay graduated with a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Biotechnology from Mumbai University in India. He has couple of internship experiences one at R.C.F. Limited as a R&D Trainee and second at Nutrahelix Biotech Pvt. Ltd., wherein he was working on nutrition and quality analysis of gluten-free pasta.  He joined the Mishra Lab in fall 2019 to pursue his Master’s in Food Science as a Ross Fellowship Recipient. Presently, his research is based on the effects of Rapid Cooling on quality of the food products during aseptic processing.