Prof. Dr. Senay Simsek – Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, USA
Dr. Senay Simsek is a professor at North Dakota State University (NDSU). She earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1998 and MS degree in Biochemistry from Gebze technical University in 2000 in Turkey. Then, she moved to the USA in 2002 and started her PhD in Food Science at Purdue University. She completed her PhD in December 2006 and started working as an assistant professor in Plant Sciences Department at NDSU in January 2007. She has leadership position in Hard Spring Wheat (HSW) quality and carbohydrate Research Laboratories at NDSU. She has authored and co-authored hundreds of research papers, and conference contributions in the area of starch chemistry and digestibility, mycotoxin analysis and structure-function relationship of polysaccharides. Dr. Simsek is an active member of the America Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI), a member of the AACCI Carbohydrate Division, and a member of the Wheat Quality Council (WQC), and also serves on Spring Wheat Technical board of Wheat Quality Council.
In 2011, Dr. Simsek was awarded the Larson/Yaggie Excellence in Research Award 2011 by the NDSU College of Agriculture and the Early-in Career Award of Excellence during the U.S. Quality Grains Research Consortium annual meeting. She is the recipient of the 2013 AACC-I Young Scientist Research Award. The first North Dakota State University Bert L. D’Appolonia Endowed Associate Professorship in Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat has been awarded to Dr. Simsek in August, 2013.