April 11, 2019 – Reynolds Alumni Ctr.

2008 Outstanding Graduate Adviser: Azlin Mustapha

Azlin Mustapha

AZLIN MUSTAPHA’s nomination letters for Outstanding Advisor Award for Graduate Advising share a number of themes—a great teacher, dedicated advisor and close friend.

On the MU campus she has advised 23 graduate and post-graduate students. Four former students have gone on to become professors. One of those students, Juhee Ahn, assistant professor at the College of Bioscience Biotechnology at Kangwon National University, South Korea, said that Mustapha provided him with practical experience, knowledge and insight for him to expand his professional career and personal horizons.

"She always opened her door for everyone and consistently monitored her students’ progress toward their academic goals," Juan Ji, senior research specialist in biochemistry at MU. "She always gives me suggestions and encouragement on my career or life. Even after I graduated, we are still frequently in contact. To me, she is not only an advisor, but also a friend."


"HER AGREEABLE DISPOSITION ALONG WITH HER ROBUSTNESS AND PASSION ARE AFFECTING AND ENCOURAGING MEMBERS IN OUR LAB. SHE IS AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR AS WELL AS A CLOSE FRIEND AS SHE PROVIDES GENUINE CARE AND KIND HELP TO OUR PERSONAL LIVES."

— Meng Xie, Former student, Bellevue, Wash.


Mustapha is an associate professor of food science. She was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1993. She held a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota before coming to MU in 1996. Her teaching responsibilities include Elements of Food Microbiology and Advanced Microbiology of Foods.

She is a member of the American Association of Microbiology, the Institute of Food Technologists and the International Association of Food Protection. Mustapha has served on grant review panels for the USDA and Ohio State University. She is a past member of the advisory board of the Pakistan Journal of Nutrition.

"The Outstanding Advisor Award is an award for faculty members who do an outstanding job advising their students beyond simply teaching them," one of several nominating letters noted. "They are willing to spend time talking to graduate students and advising them about their future career development and life in general. Dr. Mustapha won this award in the hearts of her students and now should be recognized by the University at large."