Emely López Barrera, BSc
Senior PhD Student
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL, USA
Emely López Barrera is a senior PhD student in global nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a part-time student researcher at Abbott Nutrition, UIUC Research Park. Emely is passionate about creating sustainable solutions to global hunger. Her research is focused on creating innovative protein nanostructures with micronutrient-delivery potential to be used in at-risk populations such as the Philippines, India, Saudi Arabia, and Ecuador. Her most recent work, related to harnessing the functionality of food-derived amyloid fibrils, has won several awards. Emely is a native of El Salvador. She completed her BSc in Food Science and Technology at Zamorano University in Honduras. Before joining the graduate program at the University of Illinois, she worked as a quality assurance manager at Industrial de Alimentos, Honduras. She is a member of the Board of Reviewers at the World Food Prize Foundation, as well as scientific societies such as Gamma Sigma Delta, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and American Society for Nutrition (ASN).