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Nicolas Buchon Nicolas Buchon

Entomology
We study host microbe interactions (immunology, microbiology), as well as intestinal physiology. We focus on how gut microbes (either invading pathogens or the indigenous gut microbiota) alter stem cell behavior in the gut.

Patricia Cassano Patricia Cassano

Nutritional Sciences
Investigate the etiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in human populations, focusing on the role of nutrition in disease development and interaction of nutrition with other lifestyle factors, for example cigarette smoking, and with genetic variation.

Angela Douglas Angela Douglas

Entomology / Molecular Biology and Genetics
Interactions between animals and gut microbes, especially in insects. Intracellular symbioses in insects. Insect nutrition.

Julia Finkelstein Julia Finkelstein

Nutritional Sciences
The goal of the Finkelstein Laboratory is to elucidate the role of micronutrients in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes, to improve the health and survival of mothers and young children.

Michael Gore Michael Gore

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Our lab uses quantitative genetic and genomic approaches in combination with analytical chemistry and remote sensing technologies to elucidate the genetic basis of complex trait variation in maize (dent and sweet corn), cotton, industrial rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), and guayule.

Xingen Lei Xingen Lei

Animal Science
antioxidant enzyme on diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver, biotechnology of hydrolytic enzymes for nutrition and environment, defatted microalgae as new feed and food, enrichment of n-3 fatty acids in eggs and chicken

Rui Hai Liu Rui Liu

Food Science
Dr. Liu’s research program has focused on diet and cancer, the effects of functional foods/nutraceuticals on chronic disease risks, and bioactive compounds in natural products and herbal remedies for anticancer and antiviral activity.

Marla Lujan Marla Lujan

Nutritional Sciences
Sonographic evaluation of ovarian morphology; Diagnostic criteria for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); Dietary intake and physical activity in women with PCOS; Nutritional regulation of folliculogenesis; Ovulatory response to weight loss intervention; Morphological markers of the adolescent reproductive transition.

Sabine Mann Sabine Mann

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
I am interested in the metabolic and nutritional regulation of the immune response during times of stress in large animals, such as in the transition period of dairy cattle or in the neonatal period.

Scott McArt Scott McArt

Entomology
Research in our lab is focused on pollinator health.

Pete McIntyre Pete McIntyre

Natural Resources
My lab group works on fish ecology and conservation in Adirondack lakes, the Great Lakes, and around the world. We typically combine intensive field work with lab chemistry (stable isotopes, nutrients, etc.) and spatial analysis to address a wide range of questions.

Saurabh Mehta Saurabh Mehta

Nutritional Sciences
The Mehta research group broadly works in the areas of infectious diseases, particularly HIV, Tuberculosis, and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and maternal and child health.

Rebecca J. Nelson Rebecca J. Nelson

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Diseases take a toll on maize productivity, and this burden is especially heavy in Africa. The use of genetic resistance is the most important method for reducing these losses. Our lab is working to understand the genetic basis of quantitative disease resistance in maize in collaboration with groups in the US and Kenya.

Kimberly O'Brien Kimberly O'Brien

Nutritional Sciences
Our main research interests in the laboratory focus on mineral dynamics with an emphasis on pediatric and pregnant populations. We are also undertaking studies in adults to identify the genetic differences in iron absorption. To undertake our research projects many of our studies utilize stable mineral isotopes as tracers.

Tom Overton

Animal Science
Nutritional physiology of dairy cattle and relationships with immune function and health.

Shu-Bing Qian Shu-Bing Qian

Nutritional Sciences
Most of the research work in Dr. Qian's laboratory is broadly interdisciplinary, with a primary emphasis on the nutrient signaling pathway, stress response, protein synthesis, and their implications in human diseases.

Rebecca Seguin Rebecca Seguin

Nutritional Sciences
My current research focuses on understanding how people's social, food, and physical activity environments influence behavior over time -- particularly in rural communities. I am also working on community mobilization and capacity building initiatives with health educators who serve rural areas.

Paul Soloway Paul Soloway

Biomedical Sciences and Nutritional Sciences
Chromatin in the nucleus of cells consists of the DNA, and proteins intimately associated with the DNA. The proteins are primarily histones that are assembled into nucleosomes. Both the DNA and histones are chemically modified, and nucleosome positioning is highly regulated.

Elad Tako Elad Tako

Food Science - USDA
Dietary iron deficiency affects approximately 30% of the world's population. Hence, my research approach utilizes both cellular and animal models to assess mineral bioavailability (including iron and zinc) in standard and biofortified food crops (including maize, beans and lentil).