Frontiers in Nutritional Sciences Seminar

The Division of Nutritional Sciences hosts a weekly seminar series that is open to University of Illinois faculty and students, as well as the community. Each semester, the seminar series is organized around a research theme that is representative of the depth and breadth of research being conducted by faculty in DNS.

High profile researchers from other institutions are invited to speak during the seminar. They also spend time on campus meeting with DNS students and faculty, creating invaluable networking opportunities, and fostering exciting new research collaborations. The seminar series also highlights research conducted by DNS doctoral students.

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Personalized Nutrition – Challenges and Opportunities

Spring 2021

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Personalized Nutrition –Challenges and Opportunities

Sharon Donovan, PhD – Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health
Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), UIUC

Precision Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Traits

José Ordovás, PhD  – Professor of Nutrition and Genetics, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University and Lead Scientist and Senior Scientist, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Boston, MA

Precision Nutrition: Lessons from Studies on the Nutrient Choline

Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD – Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Director, UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Kannapolis, NC

The Portfolio Diet for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction: From Evidence to Guidelines to Practice

John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Hindsight’s Guide to Commercializing Personal Nutrition: Lessons Learned from Launching and Selling Habit

Joshua C. Anthony – PhD, MBA, Founder and CEO, Nlumn, LLC, Princeton, NJ

Dietary interventions and strategies to reduce sodium consumption and volume overload in hemodialysis patients

Luis Perez, DNS Doctoral Candidate advised by Dr. Kenneth Wilund

Precision Nutrition in the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research

Holly Nicastro, PhD, MPH – Program Director, Precision Nutrition Research, NIDDK, NIH Challenges and Opportunities

Socio-Cultural Modeling in Health Sciences

Eunice Santos, PhD – Professor and Dean, School of Information Sciences (iSchool), UIUC

Biosensor Diagnostics: Transitioning from Personalized Medicine to Personalized Nutrition

Brian Cunningham, PhD – Intel Alumni Endowed Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Bioengineering and Director, Center for Genomic Diagnostics, IGB, UIUC 

Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Krista Varady, PhD – Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois, Chicago

Effects of microbial phytase on calcium requirements, gastric pH, and phytate degradation in growing pigs

Vanessa Lagos, DNS Doctoral Candidate advised by Dr. Hans Stein

Data Analytics and Personalized Nutrition: Opportunities at Illinois

Saurabh Sinha, PhD – Founder Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar, Department of Computer Science, Cancer Center of Illinois, and IGB, UIUC