The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that Dr. Surendranath Suman has been selected as the 2019 AMSA International Lectureship Award winner. The International Lectureship Award is sponsored by PIC and was established to honor an individual for internationally recognized contributions to the field of meat science and technology. Dr. Suman will be honored at the AMSA 72nd Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) during the “Applied and Omic Approaches to Fresh Meat Quality Defects” concurrent session on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Fort Collins, CO. The AMSA 2019 RMC is co-hosted by Colorado State University and JBS USA Food Company.

Dr. Suman is a Professor of Meat Science at the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Kentucky. His presentation will focus on “A Global Perspective on Muscle-Specific Color Stability in Fresh Meats.” Color stability of fresh meat is highly influenced by muscle source and species. Through extensive international collaborations, Dr. Suman’s research program investigates fresh meat color phenomena in ruminants in four continents (i.e., Asia, Africa, North America, and South America). This presentation will focus on fundamental as well as applied aspects of muscle-dependent variations in color and oxidative stabilities of fresh meat from Bos taurus cattle (United States), Bos indicus cattle (Brazil), game animals (South Africa), and yak (China).

Suman’s research program focuses on the fundamental and applied aspects of meat color in livestock and non-traditional food animals, and he collaborates extensively with researchers in Brazil, South Africa, and China. He is one of only a handful of people across the world utilizing proteomic tools to interpret and solve protein-based concerns in muscle foods, and his program has been continuously supported by USDA AFRI. He has published 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and has mentored international exchange scholars, graduate students, and visiting professors from Brazil, China, India, South Korea, Indonesia, and South Africa. Suman is the Associate Editor (2016–present) for Meat and Muscle Biology, the official journal of AMSA. He also served as Section Editor for Journal of Animal Science (2013–2016) as well as Journal of Muscle Foods (2008–2009) and as Guest Editor for Animal Frontiers (2014 October). He serves as a member of the editorial boards of International Journal of Food Science and Technology and Fleischwirtschaft International.

For his outstanding research accomplishments, Suman has received the American Society of Animal Science Meats Research Award (2018), Special Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Science Without Borders Program, Brazil (2014-2017), Thomas Poe Cooper Research Award of the University of Kentucky (2017), Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantsmanship Award of the University of Kentucky (2016), American Society of Animal Science Early Career Achievement Award (2013), American Meat Science Association Achievement Award (2012), American Society of Animal Science Southern Section Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award for Research (2012), and International Meat Secretariat Prize (2009).

The AMSA 72nd RMC will be held June 23-26, 2019 in Fort Collins, CO. For more information regarding the AMSA 72nd RMC please visit: or contact Deidrea Mabry 1-800-517-AMSA ext. 12.

Source: AMSA