- Undergraduate Education
- BSc. in Nutrition and Biochemistry, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 1981
- Graduate Education
- MSc. in Nutrition, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 1983
- Ph.D. in Nutrition and Physiological Chemistry, University of California, Davis, California, 1986
- Post-doc, Cell Biology, University of California - Davis, 1986-1988
- 2016-2023 - NCI Outstanding Investigator Awardee (R35)
- 2017- Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, Distinguished Achievement Award in Graduate Mentoring
- 2015-2016 - President Sigma Xi (Texas A&M Chapter)
- 2014 - Texas A&M University System Distinguished Professor
- 2013 - American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Osborne and Mendel Award
- 2011 - Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Research
- 2010-Present - Texas A&M University System Regents Professor
- 2009 - Vegetable & Fruit Improvement Center, Texas AgriLife Research Director’s Award
- 2008 - NASA Space Act Award
- 2007 - Senior Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M University
- 2006 - Sigma Xi Distinguished Scientist Award, Texas A&M University Chapter
- 2001-Present - Texas A&M University Faculty Fellow
- 2000 - Texas Agricultural Experimentation Station (TAES) Faculty Fellow
- 1996 - American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Bio Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition
- 1995 - American Oil Chemists' Society, Outstanding Paper Presentation
- 1991-1992 - PEW National Nutrition Program Faculty Scholar
- 1989-1994 - National Institutes of Health "First Award"
- Courses Taught
- NUTR 203: Scientific Principles of Nutrition
- NUTR 642: Nutritional Biochemistry II
Transparency, honesty and fairness are central tenets of his training and mentoring philosophy. Dr. Chapkin embraces both scientific rigor and transparency in accordance with NIH ethics guidelines. For example, all his trainees are counseled in the four areas deemed important for enhancing rigor and transparency that applies to the full spectrum of research, basic to clinical. Specifically:
- The scientific premise forming the basis of the proposed research.
- Rigorous experimental design and reporting of unbiased scientific results.
- Consideration of relevant biological variables.
- Authentication of key biological and chemical resources.
It is emphasized repeatedly that Dr. Chapkin expects all trainees will achieve robust and unbiased results. All his trainees participate in program-sponsored seminars and an ethics class offered by several of the Departments with interest in Cancer Prevention. In addition, since he is a member of an NCI-funded T32 post-doctoral training program (T32-CA090301, formerly R25-CA090301) in Nutrition, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics (http://www.stat.tamu.edu/train/), his lab members have the opportunity to interact with statistically oriented trainees (Biostatisticians, Statisticians, Engineers, Mathematicians, Computer Scientists, etc.) who are developing new statistical and computational methods that are tailored to the biology of Nutrition and Cancer.
Research in the Chapkin lab focuses on dietary/microbial modulators related to the prevention of cancer and chronic inflammatory diseases. Our central goal is to (1) understand cancer chemoprevention at a fundamental level, and (2) to test pharmaceutical agents in combination with dietary/microbial (countermeasures to the Western diet) to more effectively improve gut health and reduce systemic chronic inflammation. Since diet influences gut microbiota composition and metabolite production, to unravel the interrelationships among gut health and the structure of the gut microbial ecosystem, we are in the process of evaluating (using transgenic mouse, Drosophila models and humans) how the gut microbiome modulates intestinal cells, innate immune cells and tumors.
Biochemical Mechanisms of Marine and Plant Species-Derived Bioactive Agents: Role in Immune Modulation and Chemoprevention.