Aparajhitha Sudarsan

Research Scientist and Administrative Assistant

About me

Recent Master's graduate from University of Guelph having 3 years of extensive hands-on experience in laboratory analytical skills. 

Exceptional skills in project management and supervision, impeccable foundation in concepts of food processing and food safety.

Skills and tools

Fruit & Veg
Food & Beverages
Fruit & Veg
Frozen Food
Food Production
Plant Based Foods
Team Management


September 2019 -September, 2021
Master of Applied Science
University of Guelph

  1. Two years of extensive hands-on experience in the proper handling of food pathogens including Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and E. coli O157:H7 according to SOPs and other safety protocols set by Public Health Canada.
  2. Proficient in handling various analytical tools such as pH meter, conductivity meter, spectrophotometer, GC-MS, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).
  3. Proficient and skilled in conducting routine analysis including moisture content, microbial enumeration, titrations, fat determination, protein analysis, vitamin analysis, proximate analysis, and general microbial practices. 
  4. Skilled in design of experiments (DOE), statistical analysis, data analysis and representation, and technical writing.
  5. Worked as part of a multicultural team, actively and enthusiastically involved in multiple projects resulting in multiple peer-reviewed publications and collaborations. 
  6. Took up responsibility for obtaining competitive quotations from vendors, analysing certificate of analysis (CoA) of various instruments and products obtained for third party testing, communicating with different vendors and departments for inventory management as a graudate student. 

August 2015 -May 2019
Bachelor of Technology in Food Process Engineering
Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology

Four years of extensive theoretical knowledge and hands-on analytical experience on food chemistry, rheology, food process equipment design, food processing industry design, GMPS, GLPs, Quality Control, Quality Assurance Management, Fruits and Vegetable processing technology, Grain and cereals processing.

Work Experience

October 2021 -Currently working
Research Scientist and Administrative Assistant
University of Guelph

Supervising graduate and undergraduate research, coordinating and assisting the design of experiments, training activities, and analyses of over 5 projects across multiple areas of food engineering and sustainability as part of the Barrett Family’s goal towards design, construction, and operations of sustainable food solutions.Oversee and manage projects grants and internal communications across multiple stakeholders.Source lab supplies and equipment by selecting suppliers and vendors, obtaining competitive quotes and spec sheets, and scheduling annual equipment calibration and maintenance.Responsible for writing research proposals and grants and acting as a liaison between food industries and university of securing research funds and coordinating knowledge transfers.Develop the research group’s official website and coordinate with stakeholders and the Chair on technology transfer solutions.

Awards and Certificates :

October 2021
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Prerequisites I
NSF International

September 2021
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
NSF International

February 2021
Food Safety Handler's Certificate
Ontario Ministry of Health