Department of Food Science and Engineering

Tel.: 021-34205715


Address: 2-209, Building A of School of Agriculture &

  Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University



>>Research Interests:

(1) Functional Factors of Natural Products

(2) Novel Food Processing Technology and Development of Functional Foods

(3) Dairy Biotechnology and Development of Dairy Products



Professor Wu won her Ph.D. in 2007 jointly cultivated by Jiangnan University and Guelph Food Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Later, she served as an on-the-job postdoctoral fellow at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Bright Dairy Co., Ltd. (2008-2010), and a government-sponsored visiting scholar at Guelph Food Research Center, AAFC (2013-2015).


>>Research achievements:

 She is mainly engaged in the research and development of functional foods, especially complex carbohydrates, including structure, function, physical property and bioactivity. She published more than 80 papers, in addition to 12 authorized Chinese national invention patents, and won the first prize of Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award in 2017 for "Key Technology and Industrialized Application of Quality and Bioactive Control of Natural Bioactive Polysaccharides". Her main research was supported by grants from the Nation Key Technology R&D program, NSFC, Shanghai STCSM, Shanghai NYNCW and industry.


>>Representative papers (2018-2022): 

  1. Rui Guo, Xujiao Li, Xianbao Sun, Yuxing Kou, Jun'ai Zhang, Deshun Li, Yanfang Liu, Taolei Zhao, Hui Zhang, Zibo Song, Yan Wu*. Molecular aggregation via partial Gal removal affects physicochemical and macromolecular properties of tamarind kernel polysaccharides. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2022, 285, 119264.
  2. Rui Guo, Jun'ai Zhang, Xin Liu, Xujiao Li, Xianbao Sun, Yuxing Kou, Deshun Li, Yanfang Liu, Hui Zhang, Yan Wu*. Pectic polysaccharides from Biluochun Tea: A comparative study in macromolecular characteristics, fine structures and radical scavenging activities in vitro. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2022, 195, 598-608.
  3. Rui Guo, Xujiao Li, Xianda Ma, Xianbao Sun, Yuxing Kou, Jun’ai Zhang, Deshun Li, Yanfang Liu, Hui Zhang, Yan Wu*. Macromolecular and thermokinetic properties of a galactomannan from Sophora alopecuroides L. seeds: A study of molecular aggregation. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2021, 262, 117890.
  4. Xianbao Sun, Xuejiao Wu, Xiangyu Chen, Rui Guo, Yuxing Kou, Xujiao Li, Yi Sheng, Yan Wu*. Casein-maltodextrin Maillard conjugates encapsulation enhances the antioxidative potential of proanthocyanidins: An in vitro and in vivo evaluation, Food Chemistry, 2021, 346, 128952.
  5. Rui Guo, Xujiao Li, Xiangyu Chen, Yuxing Kou, Hao Hu, Xin Liu, Deshun Li, Yanfang Liu, Zibo Song, Yan Wu*. An ultrasonic-extracted arabinoglucan from Tamarindus indica L. pulp: A study on molecular and structural characterizations, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2020, 164, 3687-3697.
  6. Xujiao Li, Rui Guo, Xuejiao Wu, Xin Liu, Yi Sheng, Zibo Song, Yan Wu*. Dynamic digestion of tamarind seed polysaccharide: Indigestibility in gastrointestinal simulations and gut microbiota changes in vitro, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2020, 239, 116194.
  7. Rui Guo, Sen Tian, Xujiao Li, Xuejiao Wu, Xin Liu, Deshun Li, Yanfang Liu, Zibo Song, Yan Wu*. Pectic polysaccharides from purple passion fruit peel: A comprehensive study in macromolecular and conformational characterizations, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2020, 229, 115406.
  8. Rui Guo, Zhongxiang Xu, Shengfang Wu, Xujiao Li, Jinan Li, Hao Hu, Yan Wu*. Molecular properties and structural characterization of an alkaline extractable arabinoxylan from hull-less barley bran, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2019, 218, 250-260.
  9. Jinan Li, Rui Guo, Hao Hu, Xuejiao Wu, Lianzhong Ai, Yan Wu*. Preparation optimization and storage stability of nanoemulsion-based lutein delivery systems, Journal of Microencapsulation, 2018, 35(6), 570-583.
  10. Yan Wu, Rui Guo, Nannan Cao, Xiangjun Sun, Zhongquan Sui*, Qingbin Guo**. A systematical rheological study of polysaccharide from Sophora alopecuroides L. seeds, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2018, 180, 63-71.

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