Farah Hosseinian - Iron Berry

Farah Hosseinian

Farah Hosseinian is a chemistry professor at Carleton University and Iron Berry inc. Her research focuses on novel biomolecule compounds from agri-food byproducts or waste with the potential of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and prebiotic/probiotic activities.

A co-founder of the Jerusalem Artichoke Association of Canada, Hosseinian promotes this often forgotten plant in Canada, especially for Indigenous communities. Jerusalem artichoke is a member of the sunflower family and was first cultivated and used as food by Indigenous populations. It has a strong adaptability to cold weather and is easily grown in Canada. High in inulin (a complex carbohydrate), it can act as a clean sugar and replace fat in meat.

“I am eager to contribute to CUISIC, to improve the existing program, provide better education for students and our communities on agri-foods, nutrition, health and overall well-being,” says Hosseinian. “I believe by creating specific courses and workshops as platforms we can work together on a strategy to attract Indigenous students, create job opportunities and also attract any Canadian students to the program. This long-term objective will provide a high impact on our Canadian economy, initiated by CUISIC, for many years to come.”

Hosseinian has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan.

My research program focuses on the value-added utilization of biomolecules compounds (mainly phenolic lipids and dietary fibre) from agri-food by-products/waste (e.g. wheat bran, flaxseed meal/soybean meal, berry pulp/skin) and how they affect food properties during processing. Using green solvent-free technologies at my lab uses to develop hydrocolloids/emulsions from these underutilized agri-food biomolecules to improve food properties. Additionally, I am a co-founder of Jerusalem Artichoke Association of Canada http://www.jaac.group, and my vision is to promote this forgotten plant in Canada, especially for indigenous community. Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) (JA), or topinambour is a member of the sunflower family that was first cultivated and used as food by the indigenous population. JA is high in inulin (complex carbohydrate) that can act as fat replacement.


Farah Hosseinian