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Oklahoma State University

RANJITH RAMANATHAN

Animal & Food Sciences
Aso Prof

206D ANSI
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
STILLWATER, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-9260

ranjith.ramanathan@okstate.edu
Vita

Expertise

Meat Science; meat color; muscle biochemistry; metabolomics; proteomics; mitochondria; myoglobin; student retention; high-risk students; student engagement

Biography

Teaching
Dr. Ranjith Ramanathan is an associate professor (Leo And Kathy Noltensmeyer Endowed Professorship) in our department who specializes in food science. He currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses, including the fundamentals of food science, food chemistry I, food chemistry II, analysis of food products, and advanced meat science. His teaching interests include active learning, student retention, and high-risk students.

Research
Dr. Ramanathan's long-term research goal is to better understand the role of postmortem meat biochemistry to increase both the body of knowledge and economic benefits associated with improvements in muscle food appearance, particularly beef color. His research focuses on both fundamental and applied aspects of beef quality to better understand beef color issues. His research interests include:

~ Application of metabolomics to better understand meat quality changes
~ Understanding the mechanism of failure to bloom in dark-cutting beef
~ Myoglobin chemistry to understand metmyoglobin reducing activity and
bloom
~ Cooked color defect
~ Role of mitochondria in beef color
~ Myoglobin and lipid oxidation
~ Antioxidants on mitochondrial function