Pet Food Program Students

Below is a directory of students currently affiliated with the Pet Food Program at Kansas State University.

Katelyn Bailey

Katelyn Bailey

Education: B.S. in Animal Science with Feed Technology minor from Iowa State University; M.S. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected May 2024).

Current work: Effect of processing on nutrition and preference ranking in cats and dogs.

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Neal Baughman

Education: B.S. in Life Science from Kansas State University; M.S. in Food Science from Kansas State University; Food Defense Certificate from Kansas State University; Ph.D. in Food Science from Kansas State University (expected December 2024).

Current work: R&D and new product development for Three Dog Bakery, LLC in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Youhan Chen

Youhan Chen

Education: B.S. in Veterinary Medicine from China Agricultural University; M.S. in Veterinary Medicine from China Agricultural University; Ph.D. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected January 2025).

Current work: Evaluation of pet food ingredients such as hydrolyzed protein, indigestible animal protein (e.g. hair, tendon, skin, etc.).

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Carter Claxton

Carter Claxton

Education: B.S. in Animal Sciences and Industry from Kansas State University; M.S. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected May 2024); D.V.M. from Kansas State University (expected May 2026).

Current work: Research focused on the different digestibility, processing, and blood chemistry values of varying types of sorghum varieties in commercial pet food.

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Kallee Dunn

Kallee Dunn

Education: B.S. in Food Science, B.S. in Animal Science and Certificate in Food Safety from Oklahoma State University; M.S. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected May 2024).

Current work: Quality and safety of pet food, research and development.

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Paris Johnson

Paris Johnson

Education: B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Captive Wild Animal Management from the University of Missouri; M.S. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected May 2023).

Current work: Working with distillers' dried grains enhanced with yeast proteins in extruded dog and cat diets — looking at how processing, diet utilization and sensory attributes are affected.

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Logan Kilburn-Kappeler

Logan Kilburn-Kappeler

Education: B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Iowa State University; Ph.D. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected May 2023).

Current work: The utilization of yeast and co-products in companion animal diets.

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Hee Seong Kim

Hee Seong Kim

Education: B.Sc. in Biological Science from Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea; M.Sc. in Agricultural Biotechnology (Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry) from Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea; Ph.D. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected December 2023).

Current work: Evaluation of whole soybeans as an ingredient in dog diets.

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Samuel Kiprotich

Samuel S. Kiprotich

Education: B.S. in Food Science and Technology from Makerere University, Uganda; M.S. in Food Science with a focus in Food Microbiology from Iowa State University; Ph.D. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected May 2023).

Current Work: Control of enteric food pathogens such as Salmonella in Raw and Freeze-dried pet foods using Organic acidulants and essential oils.

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Kyle Lickteig

Kyle Lickteig

Education: B.S in Biological Engineering from Kansas State University; M.S. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected December 2023).

Current work: Evaluation rheology and texture of high protein egg-white in feline pet food. Working with Hill's Pet Nutrition.

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Alaina Mooney

Alaina Mooney

Education: B.S. in Animal Science from Kansas State University; M.S. in Grain Science from Kansas State University; Ph.D. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected December 2023).

Current work: The evaluation of pet food processing on advanced Maillard reaction products and protein quality.

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Mollie Toth

Mollie Toth

Education: B.S. in Animal Science and Industry from Kansas State Univeristy; M.S. in Entomology from Kansas State University (expected May 2023).

Current work: Determining if the hide beetle, Dermestes maculatus, could be used as a model organism for protein quality evaluation of companion animal feed.

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Yunyi (Ashley) Zhang

Yunyi (Ashley) Zhang

Education: B.S. in Pathobiology and Veterinary Science with Chemistry minor from the University of Connecticut; M.S. in Comparative and Experimental Medicine with concentration in small animal clinical nutrition from the University of Tennessee; Ph.D. in Grain Science from Kansas State University (expected January 2026).

Current work: Value added co-product for pet food.

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