Cui, Steve, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

93 Stone Road West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5C9
Telephone: 226-217-8076
Fax: 519-829-2600

Areas of Expertise:

  • extraction and fraction
  • functional properties
  • carbohydrate chemistry
  • value added processing
  • complex carbohydrates
  • water soluble dietary fiber
  • rheology and texture

Current Projects:

  • Biopolymer interactions-polysaccharide and polysaccharide and as well polysaccharides and proteins
  • Comprehensive fractionation and utilization of commercial wheat bran
  • Novel and environment-friendly applications of hydrocolloids in non-food systems. Understanding the mechanisms and improvement of quality of gum stabilized joints for landscaping industry
  • Polysaccharide gums from agriculture products: chemical structure, functional properties and value added processing

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.


  • Guo, Q., Cui, S.W., Kang, J., Ding, H., Wang, Q., and Wang, C. (2015). "Non-starch polysaccharides from American ginseng: Physicochemical investigation and structural characterization.", Food Hydrocolloids, 44, pp. 320-327. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2014.09.031
  • Guo, Q., Cui, S.W., and Kang, J. (2015). "Classical Methods for Food Carbohydrate Analysis.", - Food Oligosaccharides: Production, Analysis and Bioactivity, pp. 284-299.
  • Huang, C., Miao, M., Jiang, B., Cui, S.W., Jia, X., and Zhang, T. (2015). "Polysaccharides modification through green technology: Role of ultrasonication towards improving physicochemical properties of (1-3)(1-6)-α-d-glucans.", Food Hydrocolloids, 50, pp. 166-173. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2015.04.016
  • Huang, X.-J., Nie, S-P., Cai, H.-L., Zhang, G., Cui, S.W., Xie, M-Y., and Phillips, G.O. (2015). "Study on Dendrobium officinale O-acetyl-glucomannan (Dendronan®): Part VI. Protective effects against oxidative stress in immunosuppressed mice.", Food Research International, 72, pp. 168-173. doi : 10.1016/j.foodres.2015.01.035
  • Huang, X.-J., Nie, S-P., Zhang, G., Cui, S.W., Xie, M-Y., and Phillips, G.O. (2015). "Study on Dendrobium officinale O-acetyl-glucomannan (Dendronan): Part IV. Immunomodulatory activity in vivo.", Journal of Functional Foods, 15, pp. 525-532. doi : 10.1016/j.jff.2015.03.054
  • Kang, J., Guo, Q., Wang, Q., Phillips, G.O., and Cui, S.W. (2015). "New studies on gum ghatti (Anogeissus latifolia) part V: The conformational properties of gum ghatti.", Food Hydrocolloids, 43, pp. 25-30. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2014.04.042
  • Kang, J., Guo, Q., Wang, Q., Phillips, G.O., and Cui, S.W. (2015). "New studies on gum ghatti (Anogeissuslatifolia) part VI: Physicochemical characteristics of the protein moiety of gum ghatti.", Food Hydrocolloids, 44, pp. 237-243. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2014.09.013
  • Miao, M., Huang, C., Jia, X., Cui, S.W., Jiang, B., and Zhang, T. (2015). "Physicochemical characteristics of a high molecular weight bioengineered α-D-glucan from Leuconostoc citreum SK24.002.", Food Hydrocolloids, 50, pp. 37-43. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2015.04.009
  • Roberts, K.T., Allen-Vercoe, E., Williams, S.A., Graham, T., and Cui, S.W. (2015). "Comparative study of the in vitro fermentative characteristics of fenugreek gum, white bread and bread with fenugreek gum using human faecal microbes.", Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre, 5(2), pp. 116-124. doi : 10.1016/j.bcdf.2014.09.007
  • Wang, J., Kan, L., Nie, S-P., Chen, H., Cui, S.W., Phillips, A.O., Phillips, G.O., Li, Y., and Xie, M-Y. (2015). "A comparison of chemical composition, bioactive components and antioxidant activity of natural and cultured Cordyceps sinensis.", Food Science and Technology - LWT, 63(1), pp. 2-7. doi : 10.1016/j.lwt.2015.03.109
  • Yang, Y., Cui, S.W., Gong, J., Guo, Q., Wang, Q., and Hua, Y. (2015). "Enhanced stability of citral-loaded emulsions prepared with a soy protein-polysaccharides Maillard reaction product.", Food Hydrocolloids, 48, pp. 155-164. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2015.02.004
  • Yang, Y., Cui, S.W., Gong, J., Miller, S.S., Wang, Q., and Hua, Y.F. (2015). "Stability of citral in oil-in-water emulsions protected by a soy protein-polysaccharide Maillard reaction product.", Food Research International, 69, pp. 357-363. doi : 10.1016/j.foodres.2015.01.006
  • Yin, J.-Y., Nie, S-P., Guo, Q., Wang, Q., Cui, S.W., and Xie, M-Y. (2015). "Effect of calcium on solution and conformational characteristics of polysaccharide from seeds of Plantago asiatica L.", Carbohydrate Polymers, 124(Article number 9687), pp. 331-336. doi : 10.1016/j.carbpol.2015.02.017
  • Zhang, H., Wang, J., Nie, S-P., Wang, Y., Cui, S.W., and Xie, M-Y. (2015). "Sulfated modification, characterization and property of a water-insoluble polysaccharide from Ganoderma atrum.", International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 79, pp. 248-255. doi : 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2015.04.070







Other Science Related Publications:


  • Ding, H. et al. (2014). "Flaxseed kernel dietary fibre: Partial structure and physicochemical characterization.", 17th International Gums and Stabilizers for the Food Industry Conference, pp. 90-99.
  • Gong, J., Wang, Q., Yang, Y., Yu, H., Diarra, M.S., and Cui, S.W. (2014). "Novel preparation of citral encapsulated with special soybean-derived polymers as a feed additive for controlling necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringens in poultry. Filed on March 21, 2014." (Patent)
  • Hu, J.-L., Yu, H., Brisbin, J.T., Sharif, S., Nie, S-P., Cui, S.W., Xie, M-Y., and Gong, J. (2014). "Modulation of chicken immune response by selected Lactobacillus isolates with the capacity to attenuate Salmonella infection.", XIIIth Avian Immunology Research Group Conference, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, July 16-19, 2014.
  • Liu, H., Wang, Q., Gong, J., Yu, H., Guo, Q., Cui, S.W., and Miller, S.A. (2014). A novel microencapsulation method for protecting probiotic bacteria during spray drying. (Filled on April 1st, 2014. It is in the process of patent application).


  • Guo, Q. and Cui, S.W. (2013). "Polysaccharides from dendrobium officinal, cordyceps sinensis and ganoderma: Structures and bioactivities.", 17th International Gums and Stabilisers for the Food Industry Conference, Wales, UK, June 25-28, 2013, Gums and Stabilisers for the Food Industry 17 - The Changing Face of Food Manufacture: The Role of Hydrocolloids, pp. 303-317.


  • Power, K.A., Villeneuve, S., Mondor, M., Fustier, P., Arcand, Y., Lamarche, F., Britten, M., Cui, S.W., Tsao, R., Fofana, B., and Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. (2012). "Recent progress on the incorporation of flaxseed into cereal based matrices: delivery of bioactives to target sites and a comprehensive assessment of their biological effects.", 64th Flax Institute of the United States, Doublewood Inn, Fargo, ND, USA, March 29-30, 2012. (Presentation)