Robert Hutkins Chosen as IFT Fellow

May 6, 2010


Mindy Weinstein

Robert Hutkins Chosen as IFT Fellow

Chicago, IL- Robert Hutkins, Professor, University of Nebraska, was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2010 for his research on probiotics and prebiotics and for his dedicated teaching and mentoring of food science and food microbiology students.

Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and a Professional Member at the time of nomination. The 15-year member requirement may be waived by the Fellows Jury for those nominees who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States.

For more than 22 years, Hutkins has led an internationally recognized research program focused on the molecular physiology of bacteria in foods. His research led to the identification of pathways used by intestinal bacteria to metabolize prebiotic oligosaccharides and his group has also studied how prebiotics inhibit pathogenic bacteria.  Most recently, Hutkins and his colleagues at Nebraska formed the Gut Function Initiative, a campus-wide group whose focus is on the role of the intestinal microbiota on human and animal health. He is the author of Microbiology and Technology of Fermented Foods, which is widely used as a reference in the fermented foods area.

IFT has conferred the Fellow designation on a select number of Professional Members every year since 1970. A complete list of Fellows can be found on the IFT Web site at: