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I am a food scientist and engineer.

I'm a 5th year PhD candidate in mechanical engineering and materials science at Harvard. My research focuses on improving how humans eat in low-resource environments.

My work has been supported by the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship since 2019.

Previously, I spent 5 years as the food scientist at Modernist Cuisine, where I led technical R&D on the award-winning, extremely heavy, 5-volume Modernist Bread. I got my start in the field by designing and teaching classes on the science of cooking at Harvard and UCLA. I received my AB in Physics with a minor in Social Anthropology from Harvard in 2011.

I've also worked with the following organizations: Off Their Plate, Fundació Alícia, The Nordic Food Lab, and Black Sesame Kitchen.

Contact me at zhou6(at)