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.



  • Cui, S.W. and Chang, Y.H. (2014). "Emulsifying and structural properties of pectin enzymatically extracted from pumpkin.", Food Science and Technology - LWT, 58(2), pp. 396-403. doi : 10.1016/j.lwt.2014.04.012
  • Ding, H., Cui, S.W., Goff, H.D., Wang, Q., Chen, J., and Han, N.F. (2014). "Soluble polysaccharides from flaxseed kernel as a new source of dietary fibres: Extraction and physicochemical characterization.", Food Research International, 56, pp. 166-173. doi : 10.1016/j.foodres.2013.12.005
  • Hu, J.-L., Nie, S-P., Wu., Q.-M., Li, Chang, Fu, Z.-H., Gong, J., Cui, S.W., and Xie, M-Y. (2014). "Polysaccharide from seeds of Plantago asiatica L. affects lipid metabolism and colon microbiota of mouse.", Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62(1), pp. 229-234. doi : 10.1021/jf4040942
  • Kang, J., Guo, Q., Phillips, G.O., and Cui, S.W. (2014). "Understanding the structure-emulsification relationship of gum ghatti - A review of recent advances.", Food Hydrocolloids, 42(Part 1), pp. 187-195. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2014.04.010
  • Li, J.-E., Cui, S.W., Nie, S-P., and Xie, M-Y. (2014). "Structure and biological activities of a pectic polysaccharide from Mosla chinensis Maxim. Cv. Jiangxiangru.", Carbohydrate Polymers, 105(1), pp. 276-284. doi : 10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.01.081
  • Liu, Y.F., Zhang, J.S., Tang, Q.J., Yang, Y., Guo, Q., Wang, Q., Wu, D., and Cui, S.W. (2014). "Physicochemical characterization of a high molecular weight bioactive β-d-glucan from the fruiting bodies of Ganoderma lucidum.", Carbohydrate Polymers, 101, pp. 968-974. doi : 10.1016/j.carbpol.2013.10.024
  • Miao, M., Bai, A., Jiang, B., Song, Y., Cui, S.W., and Zhang, T. (2014). "Characterisation of a novel water-soluble polysaccharide from Leuconostoc citreum SK24.002.", Food Hydrocolloids, 36, pp. 265-272. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2013.10.014
  • Miao, M., Jiang, H., Jiang, B., Li, Y., Cui, S.W., and Zhang, T. (2014). "Structure elucidation of catechins for modulation of starch digestion.", Food Science and Technology - LWT, 57(1), pp. 188-193. doi : 10.1016/j.lwt.2014.01.005
  • Miao, M., Jiang, H., Jiang, B., Zhang, T., Cui, S.W., and Jin, Z. (2014). "Phytonutrients for controlling starch digestion: Evaluation of grape skin extract.", Food Chemistry, 145, pp. 205-211. doi : 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.08.056
  • Miao, M., Li, R., Jiang, B., Cui, S.W., Lu, K., and Zhang, T. (2014). "Structure and digestibility of endosperm water-soluble α-glucans from different sugary maize mutants.", Food Chemistry, 143, pp. 156-162. doi : 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.07.109
  • Miao, M., Li, R., Jiang, B., Cui, S.W., Zhang, T., and Jin, Z. (2014). "Structure and physicochemical properties of octenyl succinic esters of sugary maize soluble starch and waxy maize starch.", Food Chemistry, 151, pp. 154-160. doi : 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.11.043
  • Miao, M., Ma, Y., Jiang, B., Huang, C., Li, X.-H., Cui, S.W., and Zhang, T. (2014). "Structural investigation of a neutral extracellular glucan from Lactobacillus reuteri SK24.003.", Carbohydrate Polymers, 106(1), pp. 384-392. doi : 10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.01.047
  • Miao, M., Xiong, S., Jiang, B., Jiang, H., Cui, S.W., and Zhang, T. (2014). "Dual-enzymatic modification of maize starch for increasing slow digestion property.", Food Hydrocolloids, 38, pp. 180-185. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2013.12.006
  • Miao, M., Xiong, S., Jiang, B., Jiang, H., Cui, S.W., and Zhang, T. (2014). "Improved the slow digestion property of maize starch using partially β-amylolysis.", Food Chemistry, 152, pp. 128-132. doi : 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.11.148
  • Miao, M., Xiong, S., Ye, F., Jiang, B., Cui, S.W., and Zhang, T. (2014). "Development of maize starch with a slow digestion property using maltogenic α-amylase.", Carbohydrate Polymers, 103(1), pp. 164-169. doi : 10.1016/j.carbpol.2013.12.041
  • Razavi, S.M.A., Cui, S.W., Guo, Q., and Ding, H. (2014). "Some physicochemical properties of sage (Salvia macrosiphon) seedgum.", Food Hydrocolloids, 35, pp. 453-462. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2013.06.022
  • Shen, J., Park, H.-S., Xia, Y.-M., Kim, G.-S., and Cui, S.W. (2014). "The polysaccharides from fermented Ganoderma lucidum mycelia induced miRNAs regulation in suppressed HepG2 cells.", Carbohydrate Polymers, 103(1), pp. 319-324. doi : 10.1016/j.carbpol.2013.12.044
  • Xing, X.-H., Cui, S.W., Nie, S-P., Phillips, G.O., Goff, H.D., and Wang, Q. (2014). "Study on Dendrobium officinale O-acetyl-glucomannan (Dendronan®): Part I. Extraction, purification, and partial structural characterization.", Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre, 4(1), pp. 74-83. doi : 10.1016/j.bcdf.2014.06.004
  • Yao, X., Meran, S., Fang, Y., Martin, J., Midgley, A., Pan, M.-M., Liu, B.-C., Cui, S.W., Phillips, G.O., and Phillips, A.O. (2014). "Cordyceps sinensis: Invitro anti-fibrotic bioactivity of natural and cultured preparations.", Food Hydrocolloids, 35, pp. 444-452. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2013.06.023
  • Zarepoor, L., Lu, J.T., Zhang, C., Wu, W., Lepp, D., Robinson, L.E., Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D., Cui, S.W., Villeneuve, S., Fofana, B., Tsao, R., Wood, G.A., and Power, K.A. (2014). "Dietary flaxseed intake exacerbates acute colonic mucosal injury and inflammation induced by dextran sodium sulfate.", American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 306(12), pp. G1042-G1055. doi : 10.1152/ajpgi.00253.2013
  • Zhao, Q., Hu, X., Guo, Q., Cui, S.W., Xian, Y., You, S., Chen, X., Xu, C., and Gao, X. (2014). "Physicochemical properties and regulatory effects on db/db diabetic mice of β-glucans extracted from oat, wheat and barley.", Food Hydrocolloids, 37, pp. 60-68. doi : 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2013.10.007






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, 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)