Since joining AFB in 2013, Punyatoya has been responsible for developing new methods to better understand the chemical drivers of palatability for companion animals. She previously served as a lecturer at California State Polytechnic University and the University of California. She also worked with labeling regulations in food and dietary supplements.
Punyatoya holds degrees from universities in India, Thailand and the United States, including a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from North Dakota State University. She has made research presentations at the Institute of Food Technology (IFT) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
As the leader of AFB’s analytical team, Punyatoya collaborates with the product development and basic research teams to help customers understand the correlation between analytical results and palatability. Away from work, she spends her time traveling and gardening.