Graduate Student Research Symposium

A one-day research symposium for students to share their work with fellow students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and other collaborating departments. Hosted by the Nutritional Sciences Graduate Association (NSGA). For more information contact NSGA at

2018 Graduate Research Symposium

Date:  April 16, 2018

Keynote Speaker:

Francene M. Steinberg, Ph.D., R.D., Nutrition Department Chair, DPD Director, UC Davis


The Nutritional Sciences Graduate Association is pleased to announce the winners from the Nutrition Research Symposium 2018. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make our symposium a success. Additionally, we would like to express our gratitude to the faculty judges: Dr. Kubena, Dr. Allred, Dr. Chia Shan Wu, Dr. Walzem, Dr. Steinberg, Dr. Fuentes, Dr. Schmitt, and Dr. Erazo-Oliveras. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated.

~NSGA officers


Poster competition winners

1st: Junyi Wang “Phytochemical profiles and antioxidant activity of organic and conventional beets and processed products”.

2nd: DaMi Kim “The role of GHS-R in inflammation and metabolic reprogramming”

3rd: Kevin Kiefer “Polyphenols from Açaí¬ (Euterpe oleracea) and rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) mitigate the growth of Plasmodium parasites in vivo and in vitro”.


Oral competition winners

1st : Shreeya Ravisankar “Mechanisms for strong synergistic anti-inflammatory action of cereal-pulse flavonoid combinations in Caco-2 monolayer model”

2nd: Huajun Han “Protective role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in regulating colonic stem and progenitor cell homeostasis”

3rd: Tadesse Teferra “Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) as a New Method to Characterize Sorghum Endosperm with Highly Digestible Kafirin Protein Mutation”


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