Bob Hutkins
Bob Hutkins
Khem Shahani Professor of Food Microbiology
University of Nebraska

Bob received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and was a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska, he was a research scientist at Sanofi Bio Ingredients. The Hutkins Lab studies bacteria important in human health and in fermented foods. His group is particularly interested in:

  • Understanding factors affecting persistence and colonization of probiotic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract
  • How prebiotics shift the intestinal microbiota and metabolic activities
  • How combinations of pro- and prebiotics (synbiotics) can enhance health outcomes
  • Development of metagenome-based models that can be used in personalized nutrition.

Bob has published widely on probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented foods and is the author of the recently published 2nd edition of Microbiology and Technology of Fermented Foods.

Bob will be part of a panel discussion on "Probiotics, postbiotics, and fermented foods" on March 17.