Yifan Zhang

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor






3016 Science Hall

Selected Publications

*denotes corresponding author.

Zhang, N., T. Liang, Q. Jin, C. Shen, Y. Zhang, and P. Jing. Chinese yam (Dioscorea opposita Thunb.) alleviates antibiotic-associated diarrhea by modifying intestinal microbiota and increasing levels of short-chain fatty acids in mice. Food Research International. 2019, 122: 191-198. [LINK]

Mafiz, A.I., L.N. Perera, Y. He, W. Zhang, S. Xiao, W. Hao, S. Sun, K. Zhou, and Y. Zhang*. Case study on the soil antibiotic resistome in an urban community garden. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. 2018, 52: 241-250. [LINK]

Gunathilaka, G., V. Tahlan, A.I. Mafiz, M. Polur, and Y. Zhang*. Phages in urban wastewater have the potential to disseminate antibiotic resistance. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. 2017, 50(5): 678-683. [LINK]

Sun, S., Canning, C., Wang, K., Zhu, W., Yang, F., Zhang, Y., Zhou, K. Antibacterial Activity of 2-(3′,5′-Dibromo-2′-methoxyphenoxy)-3,5-dibromophenol Isolated from Phyllospongia papyracea. Natural Product Communications2017, 12(4): 567-569. [LINK]

Treemore-Spears, L.J., J.M. Grove, C.K. Harris, L.D. Lemke, C.J. Miller, K. Pothukuchi, Y. Zhang, and Y.L. Zhang. A workshop on transitioning cities at the food-energy-water nexus. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 2016, 6(1): 90-103. [LINK]

Sun, S, C.B. Canning, K. Bhargava, X. Sun, W. Zhu, N. Zhou, Y. Zhang, and K. Zhou. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers with potent and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity from the marine sponge Dysidea. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 2015, 25(10): 2181-2183[LINK]

Bhargava, K., D. Conti, S. da Rocha, and Y. Zhang*. Application of an oregano oil nanoemulsion to the control of foodborne bacteria on fresh lettuce. Food Microbiology. 2015, 47: 69-73. [LINK]

Sun, X., S. Sun, C. Ference, W. Zhu, N. Zhou, Y. Zhang, and K. Zhou. A potent antimicrobial compound isolated from Clathria cervicornis. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 2015, 25(1): 67-69. [LINK]

Sun, X., S. Sui, C, Ference, Y. Zhang, S. Sun, N. Zhou, W. Zhu, and K. Zhou. Antimicrobial and mechanical properties of β-cyclodextrin inclusion essential oils-chitosan film. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2014, 62 (35): 8914–8918[LINK]

Bhargava, K. and Y. Zhang*. Characterization of methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative Staphylococci (MRCoNS) in retail meat. Food Microbiology. 2014, 42: 56-60. [LINK]

Sun, X., J. Bai, C. Ference, Z. Wang, Y. Zhang, J. Narciso, and K. Zhou. The antimicrobial activity of controlled-release chlorine dioxide gas on fresh blueberries. Journal of Food Protection. 2014, 77(7): 1127-1132. [LINK]

Talreja, D., C. Muraleedharan, G. Gunathilaka, Y. Zhang, K. S. Kaye, S. K. Walia, and A. Kumar. Virulence properties of multidrug resistant ocular isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii. Current Eye Research. 2014, 39(7): 695-704. [LINK]

Gao, R., P. Jing, S. Ruan, Y. Zhang, S. Zhao, Z. Cai, and B. Qian. Removal of off-flavors from radish (Raphanus sativus L.) anthocyanin-rich pigments using chitosan and its mechanism(s). Food Chemistry. 2014, 146: 423-428. [LINK]

Shen, J., L. Rump, Y. Zhang, Y. Chen, X. Wang, and J. Meng. Molecular subtyping and virulence gene analysis of Listeria monocytogenes isolates from food. Food Microbiology. 2013, 35: 58-64. [LINK]

da Rocha, L., G. Gunathilaka, and Y. Zhang*. Antimicrobial-resistant Listeria species from retail meat in metro Detroit. Journal of Food Protection. 2012, 75(12): 2136-41. [LINK]

Bhargava, K. and Y. Zhang*. Multidrug-resistant Coagulase-negative Staphylococci (CoNS) in Food Animals. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 2012, 113(5): 1027-36. [LINK]

Bhargava, K., X. Wang, S. Donabedian, M. Zervos, L. da Rocha, and Y. Zhang*. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Retail Meat, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2011, 17: 1135-1137. [LINK]

Zhang, Y.*, X. Wang, J. T. LeJeune, M. Zervos, and K. Bhargava. Comparison of Phenotypic Methods in Predicting Methicillin Resistance in Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) from Animals. Research in Veterinary Science. 2011, 90: 23-25. [LINK]

Courses taught

  • NFS 2130 Introductory Food Science, 3 credits
  • NFS 4150 Advanced Food Science, 3 credit
  • NFS 6030 Microbiological Safety of Food, 3 credits


Research Description

Food safety microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, urban agriculture, natural antimicrobial control strategy

Affiliated Departments