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Faculty and Staff - L. Brian Perkins

BrianLaboratory Director & Research Assistant Professor
School of Food and Agriculture
Food Science and Human Nutrition
5735 Hitchner Hall, Room 200
University of Maine
Orono, ME  04469-5735

Phone: 207- 581-1369
Fax: 207- 581-1636


2002 Ph.D., Food & Nutrition Sciences, University of Maine

1993 M.S., Food Science, University of Maine

1984 B.S, Plant & Soil Sciences, University of Maine

Professional Experience 

Laboratory Director & Research Assistant Professor, University of Maine, 2007 – present

Laboratory Manager/Research Chemist, University of Maine, 2000 -2006

Assistant Research Chemist, University of Maine, 1993 -1999

Research Interests
Analytical method development (LC/MS/MS, LC/PDA/FLD/RI, GC/MS)

Novel bioactive compounds in foods (capsinoids, anthocyanins, carotenoids, flavanoids)

Naturally occurring toxins in foods (mycotoxins, glycoalkaloids)

Fate & Transport of pesticides in the environment

Funded Projects

USDA-CSREES-National Needs Graduate Student Fellowship – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Reducing Patulin in Food Through Novel Sensor Development, Fungal Identification and New Processing Methods.

Maine Board of Pesticides Control – Determination of Residual Pesticides in Water, Soil and Foliage

Maine Department of  Marine Resources – Analysis of Sea Urchins for Carotenoids

EPA Analytical Equipment Grant – Residual Pesticide Analysis

USDA-NRI Equipment Grant – Accelerated Solvent Extraction for Safe and Efficient Analysis of Phytochemicals

Beacon Analytical Systems – Paralytic Shell Fish Toxins (PSP) in Lobster Hepatopancreas

Recent Publications 

L. B. Perkins, R.J. Bushway and L.E. Katz.  Determination of Hexazinone in Ground Water by Direct Injection HPLC.  J.Assoc. Off. Anal. Chem. Int. 82(6) 1505-1508, 1999.

L.Brian Perkins, Rodney J. Bushway, Kelly Guthrie, Titan Fan, Bonnie Stewart, Alison Prince, and Mark Williams. 2002 Determination of Capsaicinoids in Salsa by Liquid Chromatography and Enzyme Immunoassay. J.Assoc. Off. Anal. Chem. Int. 85 (1) 82-85, 2002.

D. Skonberg and L.B. Perkins.  Nutrient Composition of Green Crab (Carcinus maenus) leg meat and claw meat. Food Chem. 77, 401-404, 2002.

R.Jarret, B.Perkins, T.Fan, A.Prince, K.Guthrie, B.Skoczenski.  Using EIA to Screen Capsicum spp. Germplasm for Capsaicinoid Content. J.Food Comp.and Analysis 16 (2) 189-194, 2003.

Hazen, R.A., Perkins, L.B., Bushway, R.J., and Bushway, A.A., 2004. Evaluation of Water Washes for the Removal of Organophosphorus Pesticides from Maine Wild Blueberries. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 542, 309-315, 2004.

 L.B. Perkins, D. E. Yarborough and K.E. Guthrie.  Detection of Hexazinone in Maine Ground Water – A Nine Year Study Acta Hort.(ISHS) 715: 329-335, 2006.

Nicolas Blouin, Beth L. Calder, Brian Perkins and Susan H. Brawley. Sensory and Fatty Acid Analyses of Two Atlantic Species of Porphyra (Rhodophyta).  Journal of Applied Phycology. 18 (1), 79-85, 2006.

 Robert L. Jarret, Elizabeth Baldwin, Brian Perkins, Kelly Guthrie, and Rod Bushway. Diversity of Fruit Quality Characteristics in Capsicum frutescens. Horticultural Science. 42(1), 16-19, 2007.

 J. Kong, M.P. Dougherty, L.B. Perkins, and M.E. Camire. Composition and Consumer Acceptability of a Novel Extrusion-Cooked Salmon Snack. Journal of Food Science 73(3), S118-123, 2008.

 Byungchul Kim, Lewis B. Perkins, Rodney J. Bushway, Stephanie Nesbit, Titan Fan, Robert Sheridan, and Virginia Greene.  Determination of Melamine in Pet Food by Enzyme Immunoassay, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode Array Detection, and Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Tandem Mass Spectrometry.  Journal of AOAC, International.  91(2), 408-413, 2008.

 Satyavan Singh, R. Jarret, V. Russo, J. Shimkus, G. Majetich, R. Bushway and B. Perkins. Determination of Capsinoids by HPLC-DAD in Capsicum ssp. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 57(9), 3452-3457, 2009.

 Margaret Hunter and Brian Perkins. Analysis of Carotenoids in Sea Urchins.  Maine Department of Marine Resources Report., August, 2008.

 Margaret Hunter and Brian Perkins. Analysis of Carotenoids in Sea Urchins 2009.  Maine Department of Marine Resources Report., July, 2009.

 Satyavan Singh, R. Jarret, V. Russo, R. Bushway and B. Perkins Determination of Capsinoids in Mature and Immature Pepper Fruit, Journal of Agricultural  and Food Chemistry, submitted Feb, 2009.

 Byungchul Kim, L. Brian Perkins, Beth Calder, Lawrence A. LeBlanc and Rodney J. Bushway.  Comparison of the Efficacy of Sodium Acid Sulfate and Citric Acid Treatments in Reducing Acrylamide Formation in French Fries. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 201, June, 2009.

 B. Kim, L.A. LeBlanc, R.J. Bushway and L.B. Perkins. Applicability of Pressurized Liquid Extraction for Melamine Analysis in Pet Foods with High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode Array Detection. Food Analytical Methods, DOI 10.1007/s12161-009-9112-1, 2009.

 J. Bolton, S. Collins, R. Smith, B. Perkins, R. Bushway, R. Bayer and J. Vetelino. Spectroscopic Analysis of Hemolymph from American Lobster (Homarus americanus).  Journal of Shellfish Research, 28 (4), 905-912, 2009.

Professional Activities and/or Services

Member, Association of Official Analytical Chemists International

Member, American Chemical Society

Member, Institute of Food Technologists (Chemistry & Nutraceutical Divisions)

Member, Phi Tau Sigma


University of Maine Outstanding Professional Employee – 2003

Fee for Service

Food Chemical Safety Laboratory – Analysis of bioactive compounds, naturally occurring toxins,  pesticide residues & man-made toxins in food and environmental matrices



Shotokan Karate Do

Fly fishing, Fly tying & Fly rod building




Beer Brewing

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