Meats Research Award
Univeristy: Iowa State University
Section Awarded: National
Dong Uk Ahn, Meats Research Award
Sponsored by Elanco Animal Health
Dr. Dong Uk Ahn received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Seoul National University in Korea in 1978 and 1983, respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. After 6 years of postdoctoral research in Canada, Dr. Ahn joined the Iowa State University faculty in 1994. His primary research emphases have been on both basic and applied work on issues of meat and poultry product quality and safety. He has elucidated the mechanisms of pro- and antioxidants in meat. Dr. Ahn has also studied the mechanisms and prevention of off-odor and pink color in irradiated meat. His discovery of carbon monoxide as the pigment ligand responsible for pinking of irradiated meat was innovative and original, a problem that had eluded many past researchers. Dr. Ahn has published over 200 referred journal articles and book chapters, and he has received the American Egg Board Research Award in 2000 and the Evonic Degussa Award in 2011 from Poultry Science Association.