Cai most recently served as a post-doctoral associate in cereal chemistry at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He began in that position in January 2012 after spending over four years as a graduate research assistant in carbohydrate chemistry in the department of grain science and industry at Kansas State University, Manhattan. Along with experience gained in those roles, he brings considerable expertise in product formulations and ingredient applications to his role at MGP.
"Liming's solid education and experience in cereal and starch chemistry are a great fit in MGP's ingredient innovation program," said Ody Maningat, Ph.D., vice president of applications technology and technical services. "The knowledge and capabilities he possesses will be key in helping accelerate the completion of current and future research projects as we continue to develop value-added, wheat-based ingredients that address increased demand for nutritious and functional products. His numerous scientific publications literally speak volumes about his exceptional qualifications to significantly contribute toward our initiatives focused on value creation."
A native of Putian, Fujian, China, Cai received a bachelor's degree from Wuhan (China) Polytechnic University in 2004. He earned a master's degree in food science from South China University of Technology in 2007 and his doctorate in grain science from Kansas State University in December 2011.
Post-doctoral research projects in which he has been involved have included the application of novel methods for processing whole grain for improved baking quality; the identification of grain traits influencing the functional and bread-baking properties of whole grain wheat flour; and the development of acceptable sensory properties for whole grain breads and noodles. Industry-related projects have included researching the action of anti-staling enzymes on starch and its implications in baking applications, and investigating the molecular origins of enzyme resistance of high amylose starches.
Cai has authored and co-authored over two dozen scientific research publications and presentations. He additionally has presented research data at various food industry conferences and seminars and provided independent analytical services and technical support for major food product manufacturers.