Research Programs

Clinton Allred

Investigate the role of hormones and dietary compounds on the development and growth of cancers of the colon and breast. Allred Laboratory.

Jenna Anding

Current research area includes evaluating the impact of Nutrition and Food Safety Education Programs among limited resource audiences.

Joseph Awika

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. Awika Laboratory.

Robert Chapkin

Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms by which diet modulates host-microbiome interaction, e.g., aryl hydrocarbon signaling cascades and genomic responses in relation to stem cell biology; noninvasive biomarkers using host exfoliomics and gut microbial metagenomics; membrane therapy and proteolipid nanoclustering; dietary interactions, colon cancer and chronic inflammation. Chapkin Laboratory.

Roderick Dashwood

Genetic and epigenetic changes in cancer etiology, and the molecular mechanisms of dietary chemopreventive agents. Dashwood Laboratory.

Erin Giles

Obesity & postmenopausal breast cancer: Studying the relationship between obesity, menopause, weight gain and inflammation, and their combined effects on (1) breast cancer development/progression and (2) metabolic health.

Shaodong Guo

Mechanisms of insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, and associated cardiac disorders, aiming at nutritional and therapeutic intervention. Guo Lab.

Karen Kubena

Research interests focus on impact of dietary intake, family, peers, economics and other social and lifestyle factors on health of children and adolescents.

Elsa Murano

Food Safety Research, International Food Safety Policy.

Peter Murano

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.

Suresh Pillai

Molecular ecology of pathogens in natural and man-made ecosystems such as foods and water. Novel microbial detection and decontamination technologies.

Mian Riaz

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.

Yuxiang Sun

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.

Stephen Talcott

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 Lab.

Susanne Talcott

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.

Chaodong Wu

Elucidate the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of obesity and overnutrition-associated metabolic diseases including insulin resistance, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. Wu Lab.

Linglin Xie

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.