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Tom Brenna

Nutritional Sciences
Mass spectrometry; human nutrition. Role of Polyusaturated Fatty Acids in fetal development, especially neural formation, examining precursors to PUFAs, Antidoping science; detection of performance-enhancing drugs, especially steroids. learn more

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. learn more

Angela Douglas

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

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. learn more

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. learn more

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 learn more

Sergiy Libert

Biomedical Sciences
My laboratory uses a diverse range of techniques to study the process of aging. learn more

Rui Liu

Food Science
Dr. Liu's research program focuses 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. learn more

Marla Lujan

Nutritional Sciences
Role of nutrition, metabolism and body composition in ovarian follicle development, ovulation and fertility in women; Ultrasonographic, endocrine and cellular markers of impaired fertility in obesity; Determinants of chronic disease in women with menstrual cycle irregularities; Development of diet and exercise regimens that facilitate weight loss a learn more

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. learn more

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. learn more

Kimberly O'Brien

Nutritional Sciences
Mineral physiology during pregnancy and placental nurient transport. learn more

Tom Overton

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

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. learn more

Kathleen Rasmussen

Nutritional Sciences
Maternal and child nutrition, with a focus on pregnancy, lactation and infant feeding; maternal obesity and its consequences. learn more

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. learn more

Paul Soloway

Nutritional Sciences
Epigenetics learn more

Martha Stipanuk

Nutritional Sciences
Sulfur amino acid metabolism; nutritional and developmental aspects of amino acid metabolism in mammals; intermediary metabolism of cysteine and methionine. Molecular regulation of cysteine dioxygenase, cysteine dioxygenase transgenic mouse model. learn more

Patrick Stover

Nutritional Sciences
Regulation of folate-mediated one carbon metabolism, cellular methylation reactions, embryonic development and cancer in mouse knock out models. learn more

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). learn more

Michael Thonney

Animal Science
Nutrition, health, and management of sheep and cattle. learn more

Sera Young

Nutritional Sciences
Our group is working on two major questions: 1. What are the most effective interventions to improve the health of HIV-infected pregnant women and their children? Little is known about the barriers that pregnant, HIV-infected women in sub-Saharan Africa face when adhering to recommendations (e.g. learn more