Current Student Research

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A. Albakri Ph.D.
Advisor: Nakamura
Thesis Research: TBA

C. Alexander M.S.
Advisor: Swanson
Thesis Research: Studying the efect of diet on the composition and metabolic activity of the gastrointestinal microbiome.

C. Applegate Ph.D.
Advisor: Erdman
Thesis Research: Diet and cancer

M. Bailey M.S.
Advisor: Holscher
Thesis Research: Blood lipids and inflammation in relation to dietary patterns and the human microbiome

J. Beals Ph.D.
Advisor: Burd
Thesis Research: Studying human metabolism using stable isotope tracers.  In our lab we are interested in manipulating nutrition and exercise to affect health and human performance.

K. Berding Ph.D.
Advisor: Donovan
Thesis Research: Microbiome-gut-brain axis and the impact of early dietary interventions on cognition and behavior

A. Biruete Ph.D.
Advisor: Wilund
Thesis Research: Gut microbiota=medicated effects of fiber supplementation on bone and mineral metabolism in kidney failure patients

R. Bukenya Ph.D.
Advisor: Andrade
Thesis Research: Development and validation of General Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire (GNKQ) for Adults in Uganda

T. Burkhalter Ph.D.
Advisor: Khan
Thesis Research: The effects of probiotics and prebiotics on cognition and health

M. Corbett DVM/Ph.D.
Advisor: Johnson
Thesis Research: Investigating nutritional interventions to improve cognitive outcome in small for gestational age infants using a neonatal piglet model

K. Chen M.S.
Advisor: Madak
Thesis Research: The effect of different estrogens on obesity

N. Chong Cole Ph.D.
Advisor: Donovan/Lee
Thesis Research: The interaction between genetics and caregiver/child feeding interactions in influencing the development of eating behaviors in early childhood

M.Curran M.S.
Advisor: Khan
Thesis Research: The effects of early life nutrition on cognitive function in children.

A. Dainton M.S.
Advisor: Cattai de Godoy
Thesis Research: Novel ingredients in pet food

E. Davis M.S.
Advisor: Donovan
Thesis Research: Investigating the immune components of human breast mild and their effect on the infant microbiome and early infant health.

K. DiFilippo Ph.D.
Advisor: Chapman-Novakofski
Thesis Research:Nutrition education utilizing apps

K. Du Ph.D.
Advisor: Rhodes
Thesis Research: Investigate the influence of macronutrients on hypothalamic functions necessary for energy balance

C. Edwards M.S.
Advisor: Khan
Thesis Research:

B. Hannon M.S.
Advisor: Teran-Garcia
Thesis Research: The environmental influences of obesity in Hispanic american populations and how to prevent the development of obesity in children through community interventions

D. Hernandez Ph.D.
Advisor: Pan
Thesis Research: Evaluation of the long-term epigenetic impact of alternate day calorie restriction on a diet-induced obesity model

C. Ienarella Ph.D.
Advisor: Swanson
Thesis Research: Nutritional immunology & clinical nutrition. I work primarily with dogs and rodent models.

S. Jeon Ph.D.
Advisor: Erdman
Thesis Research: Investigating the parmacokinetics of lutein uptake and bio-localization in the monkey tissues

J. Kaczmarek M.S.
Advisor: Holscher
Thesis Research: Connection of eating patterns and circadian rhythms to the human gastrointestinal microbiome

L. Killian Ph.D.
Advisor: Lee
Thesis Research:Gastrointestinal issues of endurance athletes and nutritional modifications for symptom mitigation

J. Kim Ph.D.
Advisor: Donovan
Thesis Research: Increasing breastfeeding rates among African-American mothers by addressing breastfeeding facilitators and barriers in Champaign County

L. Knight M.S.
Advisor: Dilger
Thesis Research: Iron supplementation in the piglet model to translate its effect on cognitive and neurodevelopment in the human infant

W. Kwon Ph.D.
Advisor: Stein
Thesis Research: Swine nutrition, with a focus on the study of branched chain amino acid (BCAA) metabolism for swine

L. Lagos Munoz M.S.
Advisor: Stein
Thesis Research: Calcium digestibility and requirements for swine

S-A. Lee Ph.D.
Advisor: Stein
Thesis Research: Swine nutrition, with a focus on the study of digestion and metabolism of Ca in pigs

B. Leyshon Ph.D.
Advisor: Johnson
Thesis Research: The effects of diet upon brain development and inflammation

C-Y. Lin Ph.D.
Advisor: Swanson
Thesis Research: Prebiotic/probiotic, immunology and nutrition

T-W. Liu Ph.D.
Advisor: Swanson
Thesis Research: Effects of estrogen on gut microbial communities, host physiology and inflammation

B. Loman Ph.D.
Advisor: Tappenden
Thesis Research: Relationship between gastrointestinal microbiota and intestinal adaptation/maturation, specifically as it relates to short-chain fatty acids and proglucagon

J. Lumibao Ph.D.
Advisor: Gaskins
Thesis Research: Characteristics of mitochondrial metabolism and redox poise as they contribute to the pathogenesis and progression of glioblastoma multiforme

V. Luna M.S.
Advisor: Teran-Garcia
Thesis Research: Dietary patterns related to obesity in Mexican-American families

A. Lundquist M.S.
Advisor: McBride/Donovan
Thesis Research: STRONG Kids II sub-project that focuses on the intent to breastfeed and how that intent changes over the course of infancy, especially once children are introduced into non-parental care settings

L. Ly M.S.
Advisor: Ridlon
Thesis Research: Investigating microbial biochemical pathways that lead to the formation of secondary bile acids in the human gut

L. Mailing Ph.D./MSP
Advisor: Woods
Thesis Research: The effects of diet and exercise on the gastrointestinal microbiome, microbial metabolites, and immune function

J. Manero M.S.
Advisor: Chapman-Novakofski
Thesis Research: Influencing food choice

N. Masis Ph.D.
Advisor: Chapman-Novakofski
Thesis Research:Nutrition education intervention in the K-2nd grade schools and evaluating its impact

J. Mathai Ph.D.
Advisor: Stein
Thesis Research: Investigating digestible indispendsable amino acid scoring (DIAAS) as a superior alternative to PDCAAS evaluations of protein quality

L. Moody M.D./Ph.D.
Advisor: Pan
Thesis Research:Maternal nutritional programming of offspring disease

L. Perez M.S.
Advisor:  Wilund
Thesis Research: Examining the combined effects of nutritionalinterventions and exercise training on the development and progression of co-morbidities in patients with renal failure

V. Peters M.D./Ph.D. (Medical Scholars Program)
Advisor: Tappenden
Thesis Research: Nutritional interventions in sickness behavior

K. Ranard M.S.
Advisor: Erdman
Thesis Research: The bioavailability, tissue distribution and metabolism of lutein and other carotenoids in a non-human primate model

K. Robinson Ph.D./MPH
Advisor: Teran-Garcia/Donovan
Thesis Research: Investigating novel biological and genetic markers for obesity-associated insulin resistance

J. Rowles Ph.D.
Advisor: Erdman
Thesis Research: Determine mechanisms by which lycopene reduces androgen status and signaling in normal prostatic and testicular tissues, as well as in prostrate tumors

S. Thompson Ph.D.
Advisor: Holscher
Thesis Research: Dietary manipulation of the human gastrointestinal microbiome for disease treatment and prevention

A. Towers Ph.D.
Advisor: Freund
Thesis Research: Regulation of caspase-1 and it's effects on behavior in mice

J. Trusler M.S.
Advisor: Dilger
Thesis Research: Nutritional biochemistry in the animal science department

J. Williams M.S.
Advisor: Johnson
Thesis Research: Investigating nutritional interventions to improve cognitive development in small for gestational age infants using a neonatal piglet model

P. Wolf Ph.D.
Advisor: Gaskins
Thesis Research: Role of microbial hydrogen and sulfur metabolism in colonic disease

L. Xue M.S.
Advisor: Lezmi
Thesis Research: The role of diet on the development of the gut-brain axis using the neonatal piglet model