Current Student Research

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M. Aguilar Lopez Ph.D.
Advisor: Donovan
Thesis Research: Influence of dietary factors in the modulation of fecal microbiota from preterm infants
 
A. Albakri Ph.D.
Advisor: Amengual
Thesis Research: The effect of omega-3 fatty acids-derived metabolites on insulin resistance induced by adipose tissue dysfunction
 
C. Alexander Ph.D.
Advisor: Swanson
Thesis Research: The effect of cholecystectomy, loss of estrogen, and dietary fiber intervention on metabolism, inflammation, and the gut microbiota
 
C. Applegate Ph.D.
Advisor: Erdman
Thesis Research: The molecular effects of tomato bioactives on primary and advanced prostate cancers
 
J. Arballo Ph.D.
Advisor: Erdman
Thesis Research: TBA
 
H. Bailey Ph.D.
Advisor: Stein
Thesis Research: The effects of blood plasma on nutrient digestibility, growth performance, and gut health in pigs and sows
 
M. Bailey M.S.
Advisor: Holscher
Thesis Research: The mechanisms by which dietary nutrients, like fat and fiber, and dietary patterns, like the Mediterranean diet pattern, affect metabolic health through their interactions with the gastrointestinal microbiome and immune system.
 
A. Baldeon Ph.D.
Advisor: Holscher
Thesis Research: TBA
 
M. Barragan M.S.
Advisor: Teran-Garcia
Thesis Research: TBA
 
E. Bryan Ph.D.
Advisor: A. Dilger
Thesis Research: TBD
 
A. Burton Ph.D.
Advisor: Arthur
Thesis Research: Understanding the Nutritional Challenges of Food Insecure Cancer Survivors in the United States
 
J. Cerna M.S.
Advisor: Khan
Thesis Research: The impact of carotenoids in modulating cognitive and visual function, as well as structural integrity in the eye in people with Multiple Sclerosis
 
K. Chiu M.S.
Advisor: Flaws
Thesis Research: The impact and mechanisms by which a mixture of phthalate exposures disrupt ovarian function. 
 
H. Dai Ph.D.
Advisor: Gaskins
Thesis Research: TBD
 
V. Daniels M.S.      
Advisor: Donovan
Thesis Research: The effects of prebiotics and probiotics on development in the piglet model
 
E. Davis Ph.D.
Advisor: Donovan
Thesis Research: Investigation and modulation of human milk composition and its contribution to development of the infant gut microbiome.
 
A. Dean Ph.D.
Advisor: Anakk
Thesis Research: Understanding proliferative mechanisms in the liver during regeneration and carcinogenesis
 
A. Dinsmoor M.S.
Advisor: Khan
Thesis Research: The effects of nutritional status on gut microbiota in early development
 
O. Fabusoro Ph.D.
Advisor: Wilund
Thesis Research: TBD
 
K. Hahn M.S.
Advisor: Dilger
Thesis Research: TBD
 
M. Hashida Ph.D.
Advisor: Erdman
Thesis Research: TBD
 
N. Hutchinson M.S.
Advisor: Woods
Thesis Research: TBD
 
O. Imir M.S.
Advisor: Madak-Erdogan
Thesis Research: TBD
 
Y. Kang  M.S.
Advisor: Swanson
Thesis Research: TBD
 
M. Kashi M.S.
Advisor: Khan
Thesis Research:TBD
 
E. Kayser M.S.
Advisor: Cattai de Godoy
Thesis Research:TBD
 
J. Kim M.S.
Advisor: Das
Thesis Research: The Role of Cytochrome P450 Epoxygenases, and their Omega-3 Derived Endocannabinoid Metabolites on Inflammatory and Neurodegenerative Diseases. 
 
S. Krauklis M.S.
Advisor: Freund
Thesis Research: TBA
 
L. Lagos Munoz Ph.D.
Advisor: Stein
Thesis Research: Calcium digestibility and requirements for swine
 
M. Lee Ph.D.
Advisor: Nakamura
Thesis Research: Individualized Diet Improvement Program (iDip) for weight loss and maintenance
 
J. Lin M.S.
Advisor: Wang
Thesis Research:TBD
 
A. Louie M.S.
Advisor: Steelman
Thesis Research: TBA
 
A. Lundquist Ph.D.
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
 
C. Maino-Vieytes M.S.
Advisor: Arthur
Thesis Research: The Role of Dietary Fiber Intake in Determining Cancer-related Outcomes in Head and Neck Cancer
 
C. McKenna Ph.D.
Advisor:  Burd
Thesis Research: Investigations of human skeletal muscle metabolic health through resistance exercise and whole food ingestion
 
A. McMath Ph.D
Advisor: Donvan/Khan
Thesis Research:TBD
 
P. McQueen M.S.
Advisor: Amengual
Thesis Research: TBD
 
B. Metras Ph.D.
Advisor: Swanson
Thesis Research: Influence of dietary factors in the modulation of fecal microbiota from preterm infants
 
S. Miranda de Souza Junior M.S.
Advisor: Cattai de Godoy
Thesis Research: TBD
 
A. Mitchell M.S.
Advisor: Prescott
Thesis Research: Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience on Metabolic Syndrome and Dietary Patterns in Mexican Adults
 
A. Mogol Ph.D.
Advisor: Madak-Erdogan
Thesis Research: TBD
 
L. Perez Ph.D.
Advisor:  Wilund
Thesis Research: Examining the combined effects of nutritional interventions and exercise training on the development and progression of co-morbidities in patients with renal failure
 
I. Pinos Cabezas Ph.D.
Advisor: Amengual
Thesis Research: Impact of retinoids on atherosclerosis development and immune response 
 
K. Ranard Ph.D.
Advisor: Erdman
Thesis Research: Biological effects of naturally-occurring alpha-tocopherol versus synthetic alpha-tocopherol using in vitro and in vivo approaches
 
C. Rundle Ph.D.
Advisor: Stein
Thesis Research: The effect of alkaloids as feed additives on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and gut health in pigs
 
C. Salame Ph.D.
Advisor: Pepino
Thesis Research: Role of Sweet Taste Signaling in Glucose Regulation. 
 
A. Santaliz Casiano M.S.
Advisor: Madak-Erdogan
Thesis Research: TBA
 
S. Scaroni M.S.
Advisor: Burd
Thesis Research: TBA
 
A. Shaffer M.S.
Advisor: Nakamura
Thesis Research: TBD
 
L. Shinn Ph.D.
Advisor: Holsher
Thesis Research: The impact of diet on the human gastrointestinal microbiome, metagenome, and metabolome
 
S. Thompson Ph.D.      
Advisor: Holscher
Thesis Research: Dietary manipulation of the human gut microbiota-liver axis in the context of overweight and obesity
 
N. Willis M.S.
Advisor: Khan
Thesis Research: The study of the relationships between hydration and cognition.
 
A. Zhao Ph.D.      
Advisor: Miller
Thesis Research: Understanding the impact of cruciferous vegetables (i.e. broccoli, kale) on the composition and function of gut microbiota and myrosinase activity
 
Y. Zhao M.S.      
Advisor: Pan
Thesis Research: How Lactobacilli inhibit colon cancer by regulating the T cell-dependent IgA production in intestinal epithelial cell heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein I (hnRNPI) knockout mice