Surendranath Suman
Professor
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  • spsuma2@uky.edu
  • (859) 257-3248
  • (859) 257-7537
  • 405 W.P. Garrigus Building
    Lexington KY 40546-0215
  • Department of Animal and Food Sciences
  • Specialties: Foods Meats

Professional Profile

Professor, Meat Science

Education

Diplomate, American College of Animal Sciences (2010)
Ph.D. (2006) University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
M.V.Sc. (2001) Indian Veterinary Research Institute, India
B.V.Sc. & A.H. (1999) Kerala Agricultural University, India

Additional Information

Academic Appointments

Primary: Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Secondary: Center for Muscle Biology; Division of Nutritional Sciences

Research Interests

Proteomics of meat quality
Myoglobin chemistry and meat color
Novel strategies to improve meat quality 

Professional Experience

Professor (2017 - Present)
Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Associate Professor (2012 – 2017)
Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Assistant Professor (2006 – 2012)
Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Courses Taught

FSC 304, Animal Food Products
FSC 430, Sensory Evaluation of Foods

Awards

University Research Professor, University of Kentucky (2021)

International Lectureship Award, American Meat Science Association (2019)

Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Connecticut, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Alumni Association (2019)

Meats Research Award, American Society of Animal Science (2018)

Thomas Poe Cooper Distinguished Research Award, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky (2017)

Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantsmanship Award, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky (2016)

Special Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Government of Brazil (2014-2017)

Early Career Achievement Award, American Society of Animal Science (2013)

Achievement Award, American Meat Science Association (2012)

Outstanding Young Animal Scientist AwardResearch, American Society of Animal Science Southern Section (2012)

International Meat Secretariat Prize (2009)

Outstanding Paper Presentation Award, American Oil Chemists’ Society (2006) 

Synergistic Activities

Invited speaker in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, South Korea, China, India, Belgium, Germany, and Norway

Expert Reviewer for more than 50 international journals and 12 grants programs

Editorial Services

Associate Editor, Meat and Muscle Biology (2016 – Present)

Guest Editor, Animal Frontiers (2014 October)

Section Editor, Journal of Animal Science (2013 – 2016)

Editorial Board, International Journal of Food Science and Technology (2013 – Present)

Editorial Board, Animal Frontiers (2012 – 2016)

Editorial Board, Journal of Animal Science (2011 – 2013)

Editorial Board, Fleischwirtschaft International (2011 – Present)

Editorial Board, Meat Science (2010 – 2016)

Section Editor, Journal of Muscle Foods (2008 – 2009)

Publications - Complete List

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Recent Publications

Wang, Y.; Li, S.; Rentfrow, G.; Chen, J.; Zhu, H.; Suman, S.P. 2021. Myoglobin post-translational modifications influence color stability of beef longissimus lumborum. Meat and Muscle Biology, 5(1): 15; 1–21.

Ramanathan, R.; Nair, M.N.; Wang, Y.; Li, S.; Beach, C.M.; Mancini, R.A.; Belskie, K.; Suman, S.P. 2021. Differential abundance of mitochondrial proteome influences the color stability of beef longissimus lumborum and psoas major muscles. Meat and Muscle Biology, 5(1): 16; 1–16.

Hasan, M.M.; Sood, V.; Erkinbaev, C.; Paliwal, J.; Suman, S.P.; Rodas-Gonzalez, A. 2021. Principal component analysis of lipid and protein oxidation products and their impact on color stability in bison longissimus lumborum and psoas major muscles. Meat Science, 178: 108523.

Zhang, X.; To, K.V.; Jarvis, T.; Campbell, Y.L.; Hendrix, J.D.; Suman, S.P.; Li, S.; Antonelo, D.S.; Zhai, W.; Chen, J.; Zhu, H.; Schilling, M.W. 2021. Broiler genetics influences proteome profiles of normal and woody breast muscle. Poultry Science, 100: 100994.

Ramanathan, R.; Suman, S.P.; Faustman, C. 2020. Biomolecular Interactions Governing Fresh Meat Color in Postmortem Skeletal Muscle: A Review. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 68: 12779–12787.

Viana, F.M.; Wang, Y.; Li, S.; Conte-Junior, C.A.; Chen, J.; Zhu, H.; Suman, S.P. 2020. Thermal instability induced by 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal in beef myoglobin. Meat and Muscle Biology, 4(1): 18, 1–7.

Salim, A.P.A.; Wang, Y.; Li, S.; Conte-Junior, C.A.; Chen, J.; Zhu, H.; Rentfrow, G.; Suman, S.P. 2020. Sarcoplasmic proteome profile and internal color of beef longissimus lumborum steaks cooked to different endpoint temperatures. Meat and Muscle Biology, 4(1): 15, 1–15.

Zhang, X.; Zhai, W.; Li, S.; Suman, S. P.; Chen, J.; Zhu, H.; Antonelo, D. S.; Schilling, M. W. 2020. Early postmortem proteome changes in normal and woody broiler breast muscles. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 68(39), 11000-11010.

Ramanathan, R.; Hunt, M.C.; Mancini, R.A.; Nair, M.N.; Denzer, M.L.; Suman, S.P.; Mafi, G.G. 2020. Recent updates in meat color research: Integrating traditional and high-throughput approaches. Meat and Muscle Biology, 4(2): 7, 1–24.

Zhang, X.; Antonelo, D.S.; Hendrix, J.D.; To, V.; Campbell, Y.L.; Von Staden, M.; Li, S.; Suman, S.P.; Zhai, W.; Chen, J.; Zhu, H.; Schilling, M.W. 2020. Proteomic characterization of normal and woody breast meat from broilers of five genetic strains. Meat and Muscle Biology, 4(1): 9, 1–17.

Antonelo, D.S.; Gomez, J.F.; Consolo, N.R.B.; Beline, M.; Colnago, L.A.; Schilling, M.W.; Zhang, X.; Suman, S.P.; Gerrard, D.E.; Balieiro, J.C.C.; Silva, S.L. 2020. Metabolites and metabolic pathways correlated with beef tenderness. Meat and Muscle Biology, 4(1): 19, 1–9.

Salim, A.P.A.A.; Suman, S.P.; Canto, A.C.; Costa-Lima, B.R.; Viana, F.M.; Monteiro, M.L.; Silva, T.J.P.; Conte-Junior, C.A. 2019. Muscle-specific color stability in fresh beef from grain-finished Bos indicus cattle. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, 32: 1036–1043.

Kim, H.M.; Suman, S.P.; Li, S.; Beach, C.M.; Nair, M.N.; Zhai, C.; Edenburn, B.M.; Felix, T.L.; Dilger, A.C.; Boler, D.D. 2019. Ractopamine-induced changes in the proteome of post-mortem beef longissimus lumborum muscle. South African Journal of Animal Science, 49: 424–431.

Salim, A.P.A.A.; Suman, S.P.; Canto, A.C.; Costa-Lima, B.R.; Viana, F.M.; Monteiro, M.L.; Silva, T.J.P.; Conte-Junior, C.A. 2019. Influence of muscle source on protein oxidation, texture profile and proximate composition of beef from grain-finished Bos indicus cattle. Ciencia Rural, 49: e20180996

Wen, W.; Zhao, Z.; Li, R.; Guan, J.; Zhou, Z.; Luo, X.; Suman, S.P.; Sun, Q. 2019. Skeletal muscle proteome analysis provides insights on high altitude adaptation of yaks. Molecular Biology Reports, 46: 2857–2866.

Ramanathan, R.; Nair, M.N.; Hunt, M.C.; Suman, S.P. 2019. Mitochondrial functionality and beef colour: A review of recent research. South African Journal of Animal Science, 49: 9–19.

Salim, A.P.; Suman, S.P.; Viana, F.M.; Monteiro, M.L.; Panzenhagen, P.H.N.; Canto, A.C.; Conte-Junior, C.A. 2019. Harvest method influences color stability of longissimus lumborum steaks from Bos indicus cattle. Meat and Muscle Biology, 3: 33–41.

Neethling, N.E.; Hoffman, L.C.; Sigge, G.O.; Suman, S.P. 2019. Muscle-specific color stability of fresh meat from springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis). Meat and Muscle Biology, 3: 1–12.

Nair, M.N.; Canto, A.C.V.C.S.; Suman S.P.; Rentfrow, G. 2019. Muscle-specific effect of aging on beef tenderness. LWT – Food Science and Technology, 100: 250–252.

Zhai, C.; Suman, S.P.; Nair, M.N.; Li, S.; Luo, X.; Beach, C.M.; Harsh, B.N.; Boler, D.D.; Dilger, A.C.; Shike, D.W. 2018. Supranutritional supplementation of vitamin E influences mitochondrial proteome profile of post-mortem longissimus lumborum from feedlot heifers. South African Journal of Animal Science, 48: 1140–1147.

Mancini, R.A.; Belskie, K.; Suman, S.P.; Ramanathan, R. 2018. Muscle-specific mitochondrial functionality and its influence on fresh beef color stability. Journal of Food Science, 83: 2077–2082.

Neethling, N.E.; Sigge, G.O.; Hoffman, L.C.; Suman, S.P. 2018. Color stability of fallow deer (Dama dama) infraspinatus, longissimus thoracis et lumborum, and biceps femoris muscles during refrigerated storage. Meat and Muscle Biology, 2:162–176.

Cooper, J.V.; Suman, S.P.; Wiegand, B.R.; Schumacher, L.; Lorenzen, C.L. 2018. Impact of light source on color and lipid oxidative stabilities from a moderately color-stable beef muscle during retail display. Meat and Muscle Biology, 2: 102–110.

Nair, M.N.; Li, S.; Beach, C.M.; Rentfrow, G.; Suman, S.P. 2018. Intramuscular variations in color and sarcoplasmic proteome of beef semimembranosus during postmortem aging. Meat and Muscle Biology, 2: 92–101.

Nair, M.N.; Li, S.; Beach, C.M.; Rentfrow, G.; Suman, S.P. 2018. Changes in the sarcoplasmic proteome of beef muscles with differential color stability during postmortem aging. Meat and Muscle Biology, 2: 1–17.

Prieto, N.; Lopez-Campos, O.; Suman, S.P.; Uttaro, B.; Rodas-Gonzalez, A.; Aalhus, J.L. 2018. Exploring innovative possibilities of recovering the value of dark-cutting beef in the Canadian grading system. Meat Science, 137: 77–84.

Cai, K.; Shao, W.; Chen, X.; Campbell, Y.L.; Nair, M.N.; Suman, S.P.; Beach, C.M.; Guyton, M.C.; Schilling, M.W. 2018. Meat quality traits and proteome profile of woody broiler breast (Pectoralis major) meat. Poultry Science, 97: 337–346.

Neethling, N.E.; Suman, S.P.; Sigge, G.O.; Hoffman, L.C.; Hunt, M.C. 2017. Exogenous and endogenous factors influencing color of fresh meat from ungulates. Meat and Muscle Biology, 1: 253–275.

Schilling, M.W.; Suman, S.P.; Zhang, X.; Nair, M.N.; Desai, M.A.; Cai, K.; Ciaramella, M.A.; Allen, P.J. 2017. Proteomic approach to characterize biochemistry of meat quality defects. Meat Science, 132, 131–138.

Cooper, J.V.; Suman, S.P.; Wiegand, B.R.; Schumacher, L.; Lorenzen, C.L. 2017. Light source influences color stability and lipid oxidation in steaks from low color stability beef Triceps brachii muscle. Meat and Muscle Biology, 1:149–156.

Wu, J.; Nair, M.N.; Suman, S.P.; Li, S.; Luo, X.; Beach, C.M., Bohrer, B.M.; Boler, D.D. 2017. Ractopamine-induced changes in sarcoplasmic proteome profile of post-rigor pork semimembranosus muscle. South African Journal of Animal Science, 47: 640–647.

Nair, M.N.; Ramanathan, R.; Rentfrow, G; Suman, S.P. 2017. Intramuscular variation in mitochondrial functionality of beef semimembranosus. South African Journal of Animal Science, 47: 635–639.