Oregon State University

Park 2012-2013 Research Update

Seafood Science & Surimi Education

Jae Park, Professor, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and Department of Food Science & Technology

Surimi Research and Education:  The Surimi Schools, launched by Jae Park in 1993, have continued to be successful.  The 21st OSU Surimi School (USA), followed by the 13th Surimi Industry Forum, was held in Astoria in May 7-10, 2013.  Over 120 people attended two programs.  As Surimi Technology (FST 599), three OSU graduate students received 3 credits as they completed the courses and passed the exam.

Dr. Park’s group consisted of 3 graduate students, one visiting scientist, one visiting professor, and Angee Hunt as a senior faculty research assistant.   Samanan Poowakanjana defended his Ph.D. thesis in Nov 2012 and now works in the Thai seafood industry.   His group presented 10 papers primarily at IFT and PFT annual meetings. He also gave 2 invited lectures and published 7 referee journal articles and 1 book chapter.

Dr. Park and his group were invited by the Smithsonian Institute to be a part of the annual FolkLife Festival held at the National Mall (Washington, DC) between June 27 - July 1 and July 4-8, 2012. They presented general public how surimi and surimi seafood are made from our sustainable fisheries (Alaska pollock and Pacific whiting).

Dr. Park has submitted 23 manuscripts for his new book (Surimi and Surimi Seafood, 3rd edition) which is expected to be published in November this year. To this new book, Dr. Su and DeWitt also covered two chapters each as a leading author.  Like previous editions, this book will serve the global surimi and surimi seafood industry as a unique production guide.

His research covers how to maximize the value of surimi with distinctively different thermal stability, how to block fat uptake in fried seafood using fish protein, how to enhance gelling and nutritional value of surimi seafood using nano-scaled fish bone.  He has received nearly $200,000 research gift/donation from his sponsors.

Graduate Students/Visiting Students

  • Sam Poowakajana (Ph.D. student) – defended his thesis on Nov 12, 2012
  • Zatil Athaillah (MS) – plans to defend her MS thesis on Aug 7, 2013.
  • Matt Fowler (MS) – Completed a required course work and started his MS research.
  • Hathaigan Kokkaew (a visiting student from Khon Kaen University, Thailand) returned to Thailand in August 2012 after 1 year research at my lab.
  • Yin Tao (a visiting student from Huazhong Ag University, China) came to my lab in August 2012 and plans to return to his university on July 30, 2013.
  • Dr. Young Hahm (Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea) started his visiting professorship in Feb 2013 for 1 yr.

Contact Info

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