Robert Hutkins
Robert Hutkins
Khem Shahani Professor of Food Science
University of Nebraska, Department of Food Science and Technology

The Hutkins Lab studies bacteria important in human health and in fermented foods. The lab is particularly interested in understanding how diet and various food components influence the bacteria that reside in the gastrointestinal tract. Specifically, the lab is focused on prebiotic fibers and how these food materials shift the intestinal microbiota in humans and animals and enhance human health. Robert also studies the physiology and metabolic functions of microorganisms used in the manufacture of fermented foods and beverages.