Wan is an assistant professor of animal and dairy science at UW–Platteville. Her primary research interest is in the application of non-thermal technologies for enhanced food safety and quality to achieve sustainable manufacturing goals. In addition, her research focuses on the utilization of food by-products and wastes for production of value-added ingredients. Wan’s position is funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub.
Wan’s project will use high resolution spectrometers, an oscilloscope, and deuterium-tungsten halogen sources to better understand cold plasma, a novel non-thermal technology. Cold plasma has demonstrated high efficiency in microbial activation while preserving food quality.