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AMS Faculty & Staff - Hanna (John) Khouryieh

Dr. Hanna (John) Khouryieh

Dr. Hanna (John) Khouryieh

Assistant Professor

Office:  Environmental Science & Tech 218
Phone:  270-745-4126


Courses I teach at WKU:

  • AMS 301 - Intro to Food Science and Technology
  • AMS 303 - Food Laws & Regulations
  • AMS 352 - Food Processing: Unit Operations
  • AMS 381 - Food Quality Assurance
  • AMS 395 - Fundamentals of HACCP
  • AMS 443 - Food Packaging
  • AMS 462 - Commodity Food Processing


Research interests include:

  • Physicochemical and sensory properties of foods to enhance food quality, safety, stability and nutritive value
  • Development of value-added functional foods
  • Effect of processing on food quality and ingredient functionality
  • Food protein-polysaccharides complexes as delivery methods for improved functional properties
  • Structure-function relationships of food biopolymers and hydrocolloids
  • Rheological and textural properties of foods

Current Funding

  • Khouryieh H., Shen S., Stone M., Gipe A., and Willians T. An Integrated Approach to Enhance the Safety of Locally Grown Fresh Produce Through Research and Extension. Funded by USDA/NIFA/AFRI Challenge Program. $209,208.
  • Khouryieh H. Enhancing the Oxidative Stability of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids into Foods Using Combinations of Protein and Polysaccharide Biopolymers. Funded by WKU’s RCAP Grant. $18,288.

Selected Publications

  • Trappey E.F., Khouryieh H., Aramouni F., and Herald T. 2014. Effect of sorghum flour composition and particle size on quality properties of gluten-free bread. Food Science and Technology International.doi:10.1177/1082013214523632
  • Winger M., Khouryieh H., Aramouni F., and Herald T. 2014. Sorghum flour characterization and evaluation in gluten free flour tortilla. Journal of Food Quality (In Press).
  • Khouryieh H. and Aramouni F. 2013. Effect of flaxseed flour incorporation on the physical properties and consumer acceptability of cereal bars. Food Science and Technology International, 19(6): 549-556.
  • Khouryieh H.A and Aramouni F. 2012. Physical and sensory characteristics of cookies prepared with flaxseed flour. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 92(11): 2366-2372.
  • Song, H. Khouryieh, A.A. AbuGhazaleh, M.M.E. Moussa, O. Hassan, and S. A. Ibrahim. 2010. Sensory properties and viability of probiotic microorganisms in chocolate ice cream supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids. Milchwissenschaft.
  • Khouryieh H. A., Herald T. J., Aramouni F. M, Bean S., and Alavi S. 2007. Influence of deacetylation on the rheological properties of xanthan-guar mixtures in dilute solutions. Journal of Food Science, 72(3): C173-C181.
  • Khouryieh H. A., Herald T. J., Aramouni F. M, Bean S., and Alavi S. 2007. Intrinsic Viscosity and Viscoelastic Properties of Xanthan/Guar Mixtures in Dilute Solutions: Effect of Salt Concentration on the Polymer Interactions. Food Research International, 40(7): 883-893.
  • Khouryieh H. A., Herald T. J., and Aramouni F. M. 2006. Quality and sensory properties of fresh egg noodles formulated with either total or partial replacement of egg substitutes. Journal of Food Science, 71(6): S433-S437.
  • Khouryieh H. A., Herald T. J., Aramouni F. M, and Alavi S. 2006. Influence of mixing temperature on xanthan conformation and interaction of xanthan-guar gum in dilute aqueous solutions. Food Research International, 39(9): 964-973.
  • Khouryieh H. A., Aramouni F. M., and Herald T. J. 2005.  Physical, chemical and sensory properties of sugar-free jelly. Journal of Food Quality, 28, 179-190.
  • Khouryieh H. A., Aramouni F. M., and Herald T. J. 2005. Physical and sensory characteristics of no-sugar added/ low fat muffin. Journal of Food Quality, 28, 439-451

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), 2002-Present
  • American Chemical Society 2013-Present
  • Member, American Association of Cereal Chemistry (AACC), 2004-2007
  • Book Reviewer, John Wiley and Sons
  • Proposal reviewer for Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Double Zero. 2014.
  • Proposal review panel for USDA/NIFA SBIR Phase I Food Science and Nutrition, 2014 (15 proposals).
  • Reviewer for the WKU’s Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) Grants, April and October 2013.
  • Ad hoc reviewer for many journals including:  Journal of Food Science, Journal of Applied    Rheology, International Journal of Food Science and Technology, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, and Journal of Food Quality.



  • Ph.D., Food Science, Kansas State University, 2006
  • M.S., Food Science, Kansas State University, 2003
  • B.S., Biology, Birzeit University, 1997

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University, 2010-Pres
  • Research Faulty/Sr. Reserach Scientist, Delaware State University, 2007 - 2010
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University, 2001 - 2006

Awards & Honors

  • Travel Award, Texture Technologies Corp., 2008
  • American Institute of Baking Scholarship, awarded to attend AIB, 2006
  • College of Agriculture Scholarship, Kansas State University, 2004/2005
  • Joseph Zayas Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Research in Physical and Chemical Properties of Food at Kansas State University, 2004-2005
  • Phi Tau Sigma, the Honor Society of Food Science, Kansas State University
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, Kansas State University

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 Last Modified 9/25/14