Dr. Magdi M. Mossoba, Dr. Hormoz Azizian, Dr. John K.G. Kramer

Dr. Magdi M. Mossoba

Dr. Magdi M. Mossoba is a research chemist at the US Food and Drug Administration in College Park, MD. He co-authored 106 peer-reviewed publications and was the recipient of the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton award in 2008. He is recognized as an authority on the application of FTIR spectroscopy (and hyphenated GC-FTIR techniques) to problems of characterization and quantification of food constituents (including lipids), contaminants, and additives. Dr. Mossoba developed internal reflection FTIR Official Methods for the rapid determination of total trans fat. He has also developed FTIR microspectroscopy and IR imaging procedures for the classification/identification of foodborne bacteria by analyzing cellular lipids, intact bacterial cells, intact colonies, and/or DNA microarrays. He has served as Chair of the AOCS Analytical Division, and is currently the Chair of the AOCS Books and Special Publications Committee. He is also the co-Chair of the Research Scientist Peer Review Committee at the FDA.

United States Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Contact email: Magdi.Mossoba@fda.hhs.gov


Dr. Hormoz Azizian

Dr. Hormoz Azizian is the founder of NIR Technologies Inc., Ontario, Canada, specializing in the non-destructive characterization of materials using Fourier transform near infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy. He obtained his Ph.D., from Sussex University in the UK and completed his post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto. He served as research associate at the University of Waterloo in Canada before joining the research department at Ontario Hydro, which is now Ontario Power Generation. As project leader, he was responsible for the development of non-destructive and non-intrusive FT-NIR methods to identify and characterize cable insulation in nuclear power stations to asses their quality and determine the need for replacement. This technology was credited for saving hundreds of millions of dollars in cable replacement costs. His current focus has been on the development of rapid FT-NIR methodologies (1) for the analysis of food products including fats and oils, particularly trans fat content, as well as (2) for the non-invasive determination of body fat content.

NIR Technologies, Oakville, ON, Canada

Contact email: hazizian@nirtechnologies.com


Dr. John K.G. Kramer

Dr. John K.G. Kramer was a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from 1970 to 2010, first in Ottawa and since 1997 in Guelph. He led a team in Agriculture Canada to evaluate the safety of canola oil for human consumption that culminated in successfully obtaining GRAS status for canola oil in the US in 1985. He then worked extensively on the analysis and characterization of ruminant fats with special emphasis of trans and conjugated linoleic acids. He was a member of the teams that initiated the book series on ‘Advances in Conjugated Linoleic Acid Research’ and “Official Methods for the Analysis of Trans Fats”, and established the rapid use of FT-NIR for fatty acid determination of fats and oils based on accurate GC primary reference data. He has identified, characterized and synthesized the structure of numerous foods, bacterial, and biological lipids, and evaluated their nutritional and/or toxicological properties. He developed and improved several methods for the isolation and identification of lipids and has extensive experienced in chromatographic (TLC, GC, HPLC, Iatroscan), spectroscopic (FTIR, NMR, MS), and chemical techniques. Publications include over 230 refereed papers, 25 chapters and 4 books. He has been an associate editor of LIPIDS since1988, and served on NRC expert committee of Fats and Oils, National Standards Board of Canada, Canola Council of Canada, and CODEX committee of Fats and Oils (1984–98). He has been an AOCS member since 1964 and served as chair of the AOCS Analytical Division. His awards include the Government of Canada Merit Award (1983), CSP Canola Research Award (1984), and Dutton Research Award (1999). In his retirement he considers it a privilege to work with former colleagues on different research projects.

NIR Technologies, Oakville, ON, Canada

Contact email: jkgkramer@rogers.com