Research Programs

Faculty Research
Allred, Clinton Investigate the role of hormones and dietary compounds on the development and growth of cancers of the colon and breast
Anding, Jenna Current research area includes evaluating the impact of Nutrition and Food Safety Education Programs among limited resource audiences
Awika, Joseph Cereal Chemistry: Structural and functional properties of minor cereal components (e.g., flavonoids and structural phenolics); new ways to enhance interactions of these compounds with starch and proteins to improve food quality and human health.
Chapkin, Robert Biochemical Mechanisms of Marine and Plant Species-Derived Bioactive Agents:  Role in Immune Modulation and Chemoprevention.
Dashwood, Roderick Genetic and epigenetic changes in cancer etiology, and the molecular mechanisms of dietary chemopreventive agents. Dashwood Laboratory
Giles, Erin Chemoprevention, Functional Genomics, Inflammation and complex diseases, Integrative physiology Metabolism, Lipis, Nutrient-Gene Interactions, Obesity-related disorders.
Guo, Shaodong mechanisms of insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, and associated cardiac disorders, aiming at nutritional and therapeutic intervention.
Kubena, Karen Research interests focus on impact of dietary intake, family, peers, economics and other social and lifestyle factors on health of children and adolescents.
Murano, Elsa Food Safety Research, International Food Safety Policy
Murano, Peter Develop educational strategies targeting nutrition education for medical students and physicians; examine anti-obesity policies targeting childhood obesity; perform school plate waste studies; develop/test anti-obesity food product formulations.
Pillai, Suresh Molecular ecology of pathogens in natural and man-made ecosystems such as foods and water. Novel microbial detection and decontamination technologies.
Riaz, Mian Food Technology, Extrusion Processes, Cereals and Snacks food extrusion, Oil Seed Processing, Recycling of Food By Products, Ethnic and Religious Food, Food Product Development, Feeds and Pet Food Extrusion, Aquaculture Feed Processing, Texturization of Vegetable Protein.
Sun, Yuxiang Dr. Sun is an expert on “hunger hormone” ghrelin. She generated the first ghrelin knockout mice, and discovered ghrelin’s novel roles in diabetes, thermogenesis and macrophage polarization. Her laboratory uses state-of-the-art tools to study ghrelin in energy sensing, intake and expenditure. Their work suggests that ghrelin might be a promising drug target for obesity, diabetes, aging, inflammation and cancer.
Talcott, Stephen Assessing the beneficial effects of phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables and their contribution to antioxidant activity/stability during processing and storage of beverages and other food products.
Talcott, Susanne Assessing bioactive compounds in fruits and vegetables, dietary supplements, antioxidant fruit juices and other foods to define their role in prevention of chronic diseases and the protection of health in an integrative, translational research approach.
Turner, Nancy Characterization of the chemoprotective ability of bioactive compounds against colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
Wu, Chaodong Elucidate the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of obesity and overnutrition-associated metabolic diseases including insulin resistance, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.
Xie, Linglin Dr. Linglin Xie, research has been focused on understanding the molecular basis of obesity and insulin resistance. Her recent study focus is to find out if and how different maternal diet intervention before pregnancy would prevent the downstream offspring. She is also interested in understanding how maternal obesity or diabetes increase the risk of congenital heart defects of the baby.

 

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