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Yang, Rui


Rui Yang

Ph.D, Master's Supervisor,Associate Professor


Yifulou Building, College of Food Engineering & Biotechnology, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, TEDA, Tianjin, 300457, China




+86 022-60912506


Dr. Rui Yang is a Master's Supervisor of College of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Tianjin University of Science and Technology. He completed Master and Doctor Degrees from China Agricultural University at 2011 and 2014, majoring in Food Science. Since 2014, Dr. Rui Yang joined Tianjin University of Science & Technology as a lecturer. As the First and communicating authors, he published more than 20 scientific papers, and also published more than 30 co-author scientific papers. Dr. Rui Yang hosts several findings such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Natural Science Foundation of Tianjin City, the Basic Research Finding of Tianjin High School, and the Technical Development Project.

Research Interests

With the background of food science and protein chemistry/nutrition, Dr. Rui Yang has been conducting research in the structure, function, nutrition of the plant proteins, especially ferritin. Recognizing the unique cage-like structure of and the reversible self-assembly character of the ferritin cage, the relationship between the ferritin and food resource nutrients (including the tea polyphenols, anthocyanin, lutein, rutin, chlorogenic acid, etc.) and the preparation of ferritin-food nutrients complex are extensively studied. On this basis, the effect of thermal, cold plasma, pulsed electric fields, chaotrope, and high hydrostatic pressure on the ferritin and ferritin-food nutrients complexes are also great interests. Furthermore, the digestion of the ferritin, glycosylated ferritin, the polyphenol decorated ferritin, and ferritin-food nutrients complex in the simulated gastrointestinal tract are substantially investigated. The absorption of ferritin-food nutrients complex in the Caco-2 cell model is also an interest point. A series of significant papers were published on these areas.

Recent Publications

[1]. Rui Yang, Yuqian Liu, Chris Blanchard, Zhongkai Zhou. Channel directed rutin nano-encapsulation in phytoferritin induced by guanidine hydrochloride. Food Chemistry, 2018, 240, 935-939.

[2]. Rui Yang, Yuqian Liu, Demei Meng, Zhiyu Chen, Christopher L. Blanchard, and Zhongkai Zhou. Urea-Driven Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) Permeation into the Ferritin Cage, an Innovative Method for Fabrication of Protein−Polyphenol Co-assemblies, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2017, 65, 1410−1419.

[3]. Rui Yang, Yuqian Liu, Jing Tian, Zhiying Yang, Dandan Wu, Zhongkai Zhou. Thermally Induced Encapsulation of Food Nutrients into Phytoferritin through the Flexible Channels without Additives. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2017, 65, 9950-9955.

[4] Rui Yang, Yuqian Liu, Zhongkai Zhou, Jiping Sheng, and Demei Meng. Microelectric Current Treatment Enhanced Biodegradation of Pumpkin Lignocelluloses by Trichoderma reesei RUT-C30. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2017, 65, 4668-4675.

[5]. Rui Yang, Z. Zhou, G. Sun, Y. Gao, J. Xu. Ferritin, a novel vehicle for iron supplementation and food nutritional factors encapsulation. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 2015, 44, 189- 200.

[6]. Rui Yang, Yuqian, Liu, Yunjing Gao, Yongjin, Wang, Chris Blanchard, Zhongkai Zhou. Ferritin glycosylated by chitosan as a novel EGCG nano-carrier: Structure, stability, and absorption analysis. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2017, 105, 252-261.

[7]. Rui Yang, Z. Zhou, G. Sun, Y. Gao, J. Xu, P. Strappe, C. Blanchard, Y. Cheng, X. Ding. Synthesis of homogeneous protein-stabilized rutin nanodispersions by reversible assembly of soybean (Glycine max) seed ferritin. RSC advances, 2015, 5: 31533-31540.

[8]. Rui Yang, G. Sun, M. Zhang, Z. Zhou, Q. Li, P. Strappe, C. Blanchard. Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) Decorating Soybean Seed Ferritin as a Rutin Nanocarrier with Prolonged Release Propertyin the Gastrointestinal Tract. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 2016, 71, 277-285.

[9]. Rui Yang, Y. Gao, Z. Zhou, P. Strappe, C. Blanchard. Fabrication and characterization of ferritin –chitosan – lutein shell – core nanocomposites andlutein stability and release evaluation in vitro. RSC advances, 2016, 6, 35267-35279.

[10]. Rui Yang, L. Chen, T. Zhang, S. Yang, X. Leng, G. Zhao. Self-Assembly of Ferritin Nanocages into Linear Chains Induced by Poly (α, L-lysine). Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 481−483.

[11]. Rui Yang, L. Chen, S. Yang, C. Lv, X. Leng, G. Zhao. 2D Square Arrays of protein nanocages through Channel-Directed Electrostatic Interaction with Poly (α, L-Lysine). Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 2879-2882.

[12]. Rui Yang, D. Meng, X. Hu, Y. Ni, Q. Li. Saccharification of Pumpkin Residues by Coculturing of Trichoderma reesei RUT-C30 and Phanerochaete chrysosporium Burdsall with Delayed Inoculation Timing. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2013, 61, 9192−9199.

[13]. Rui Yang, D. Meng, Y. Song, J. Li, Y. Zhang, X. Hu, Y. Ni, Q. Li. Simultaneous Decoloration and Deproteinization of Crude Polysaccharide from Pumpkin Residues by Cross-linked Polystyrene Macroporous Resin. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2012, 60, 8450−8456. 

[14]. Rui Yang, S. Yang, X. Liao, J. Deng, G. Zhao. The Interaction of DNA with Phytoferritin during Iron Oxidation. Food Chemistry, 2014, 153, 292−297.

[15]. Zhongkai Zhou, Yuqian Liu, Rui Yang*. Thermal Stability Improvement of Rice Bran Albumin Protein Incorporated with Epigallocatechin Gallate. Journal of Food Science, 2017, 82, 350-357.

[16]. Zhongkai Zhou, Guoyu Sun, Yuqian Liu, Yunjing Gao, Jingjing Xu, Demei Meng, Padraig Strappe, Chris Blanchard, Rui Yang*. A Novel Approach to Prepare Protein-proanthocyanidins Nano-complexes by the Reversible Assembly of Ferritin Cage. Food Science and Technology Research, 2017, 23, 329-337

[17]. Rui Yang, Yuqian Liu, Zhongkai Zhou. Selenium and Selenoproteins, from Structure, Function to Food Resource and Nutrition. Food Science and Technology Research, 2017, 23 (3), 363-373.

[18]. Zhongkai Zhou, Jingjing Xu, Yuqian Liu, Rui Yang*. Interaction between Apoferritin and Proanthocyanidins and Stability of Their Complex. Food Science, 2017, 38, 34-40.

[19]. Rui Yang, Jing Tian, Yuqian Liu, Zhongkai Zhou. Research on preparation of rutin nanocompostite based on ferritin-chitosan and stability analysis of rutin. Journal of Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology, 2017, 17, 58-65. 

Honors & Awards

ü The third level of “131” Innovative Personnel Training Project from Tianjin City;

ü Technology Innovation Awards form Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (2017);

ü   Scientific and Technological Progress Award from China General Chamber of Commerce (2015);

ü   Scientific and Technological Progress Award from Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (2016).


Grain and oil quality analysis; Comprehensive utilization of grain and oil by-products; Grain and oil technology experiment.