Thava Vasanthan

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept


Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
(780) 492-2898
3-18H Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5




Ph.D in Food Science, 1989-1994

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

M.Sc in Food Technology, 1986-1988

University of Reading, United Kingdom

B.Sc in Agriculture - Food Science and Technology Major, 1982-1986 

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Job/Research Area: 

Grain Processing Science and Technology (Starch, dietary fiber/beta-glucan, etc)


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

My research focuses on value-added processing of grains (cereal and pulse grains) and tubers with an emphasis on fractionation, characterization and utilization of carbohydrates, especially starch and mixed linkage beta-glucans. Studies have included milling and air-classification of cereal grains; evaluation of physicochemical properties of prime and small granule cereal and pulse starches; oats and barley beta-glucan extraction, characterization and food applications; starch digestibility profiling (RS, SDS and RDS) and low glycemic food formulation strategies; pilot scale technical and economic feasibility studies on oat/barley starch, beta-glucan and protein refining.

I have been serving as a consultant to grain, starch, fiber and food processing industries and assisted them in chemical analysis, new product development, by-product utilization and preparation of industrial research grant applications


NU FS 374 - Food Fundamentals and Quality

Chemical, physical, and sensory properties of food products and factors affecting food quality in relation to preparation, processing, and storage of foods in the home and institution. Pre or corequisite: NU FS 372 or 373.

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Featured Publications

Naguleswaran, S., Li, J., Vasanthan, T., Bressler, D. and Hoover, R.

Carbohydrate Polymers. 2012 January; 88

Li, J., Vasanthan, T. and Bressler, D.C.

Carbohydrate Polymers. 2012 January; 87

Li, J., Vasanthan, T., Bressler, D. C.

Carbohydrate Polymers. 2011 January; 83

Kandil, A., Li, J., Vasanthan, T., Bressler, D.C., and Tyler, R.T.

Food Research International. 2011 January; 44

Naguleswaran, S., Li, J., Vasanthan, T., Bressler, D.

Cereal Chemistry. 2011 January; (88):87-94

Srichamroen, A., Vasanthan, T., Acharya, S.N., Basu, T.K.

Current Nutrition and Food Science. 2011 January; 7

Moriartey, S, Temelli, F, and Vasanthan, T.

J Food Science. 2011 January; 76

Hooda, S, Metzler-Zebeli, B U, Vasanthan, T. and Zijlstra, R T.

British Journal of Nutrition. 2011 January; 106

Varatharajan, V., Hoover, R., Li, J., Vasanthan, T., Nantanga, K.K.M., Seetharaman, K., Liu, Q., Donner, E., Jaiswal, S., Chibbar, R.N.

Food Research International. 2011 January; 44

Moriartey, S., Temelli, F., Vasanthan, T., and Ganzle, M.

Cereal Chemistry. 2011 January; 88