Students

Student

Megan Bragg

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Christine Stewart - Research Interests: international maternal and infant nutrition, especially micronutrient deficiencies and cognitive development in children.

Yimeng Cai

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Liping Huang - Research Interests: Zinc transporters and type 2 diabetes.

Prae Charoenwoodhipong

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Robert Hackman - Research Interests: The effects of diets rich in flavanoids on vascular function and health promotion.

Gwen Chodur

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Francene Steinberg - Research Interests: investigates the effects of dietary fat intake on microRNA profiles and the relationship of these profiles to HDL activity and inflammatory signaling pathways.

Katherine Cox

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Elizabeth Prado - Research Interests: socio-economic, cultural, and environmental determinants of maternal and child nutrition and health; infant and young child feeding practices, including complementary feeding; and relationships between diet, child growth and development.

Jennie Davis

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Reina Engle-Stone - Research Interests: Maternal-child nutrition in global settings focusing on flux points for nutrition policy and prevention.

Tatiana Diacova

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Francene Steinberg - Research Interests: mechanisms through which dietary (poly)phenols modulate gut microbial composition/functionality and what effect this modulation might have on cardiometabolic disease risk of the host.

Sarah Dimitratos

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Kevin Laugero - Research Interests: exploring the role of psychosocial stress in abnormal eating behavior.

Vanessa Dunne-Castagna

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Bo Lonnerdal - Research Interests: Commensal bacteria combined with secretory IgA as a novel prevention for enteropathogenic infections in infants.

Vivien W Fam

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Robert Hackman - Research Interests: Effects of whole foods and food products consumption on human's health.

Caitlin French

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky - Research Interests: Global and community nutrition; effects of maternal and early child nutrition and metabolism on neurodevelopment; modeling population nutritional status and effects of interventions; food environments and systems; health justice.

Rachael Horoschak

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Andrea Fascetti - Research Interests: amino acid analysis technology and use as a diagnostic tool, the nutritional requirements of companion animals, and formulating diets specifically for the medical management of disease in companion animals.

Riley Hughes

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Nancy Keim - Research Interests: Personalized nutrition and the gut microbiome.

Kristen James

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Brian Bennett - Research Interestes: the study of gene-diet interactions, how these interactions inform disease risk, and how we can leverage this knowledge to recommend preventative actions on a person by person basis.

Jea Woo Kang

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Angela Zivkovic - Research Interests: Gut microbiota and HDL relationship.

Jiye Kang

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Patricia Oteiza - Research Interests: effects of (-)-epicatechin on brain and cognition.

Myungsuk Kim

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Brian Bennett - Research Interests: Identifying genetic, microbial, and dietary factors that regulate TMAO and atherosclerosis using Diversity Outbred mice.

Jules Larke

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky - Research Interests: understanding the role of nutrition in the context of infant development; by resolving the components of human milk and their interactions with the host and microbiota, better strategies for enhancing infant care may be devised.

Mariana Leal Parenti

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky - Research Interests: Effects of maternal diet and metabolism in the perinatal period on long-term outcomes in infant growth and development.

Xiang Li

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Robert Hackman - Research Interests: Effects of whole foods and phytonutrients on cardiovascular health and eye health.

Xiuzhen Liu

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Patricia Oteiza - Research Interests: 1) how zinc deficiency could affect early fetal brain development and behavioral alterations 2) environmental toxicant affects zinc bioavailability to the fetus and consequences of lower zinc status on early neurogenesis.

Abigail Lutz

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Francene Steinberg - Research Interests: understanding the mechanisms between food components and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Tagreed Mazi

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Valentina Medici - Research Interests: Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and the cross talk between bone and energy metabolism.

Shannon McClorry

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky - Research Interests: sexually-dimorphic responses to iron-deficiency anemia and the associated mechanisms by which early-life iron-deficiency anemia negatively impacts cognitive development.

Leslie Olivares

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Reina Engle-Stone - Research Interests: Chronic diseases among low income communities.

Cesaire T. Ouedraogo

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Sonya Y. Hess - Research Interests: Human Nutrition and Public Health in low income setting.

Christine Richardson

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Nancy Keim - Research Interests: how food and nutrition impact exercise performance and metabolism in athletes.

Emily Roberts

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Jennifer Falbe - Research Interests: Public Health Nutrition.

Britt Robinson

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Rachel Scherr - Research Interests: Food security concerns of college students, particularly those within the University of California system.

Kirsten Roslund

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky - Research Interests: The effects of different dietary patterns on cognitive performance in individuals with cardiometabolic dysfunction.

Lyndsey Ruiz

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Rachel Scherr - Research Interests: Food-based nutrition education and how cross-age teaching can impact adolescent and youth health outcomes.

Anna Sadovnikova

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Russell Hovey - Research Interests: Glucocorticoid regulation of milk production.

Victoria Scherpel

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Liping Huang - Research Interests: The role of vitamins and minerals in the development of chronic diseases (specifically Zinc and T2DM).

Desiree Sigala

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor:  Peter Havel  - Research Interests: The affects of sugar consumption on lipid metabolism in young adults. 

John Solitro

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Gerardo Mackenzie - Research Interests: My research interests are in dietary and lifestyle approaches for metabolic disease and cancer prevention.

Patricia Stokes

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Melanie Gareau - Research Interests: Pediatric IBD and the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis.

Ashley Tovar

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Nancy Keim & Gretchen Casazza - Research Interests: Endocrine, metabolic, and performance changes occurring in athletes experiencing altered energy availability.

Md Barkat Ullah

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Kathryn Dewey - Research Interests: Effect of Pre- and Post-natal Nutrient Supplements on Common Childhood Illnesses, Newborn Physical Condition and Early Infant Feeding Behaviors.

Ziwei Wang

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Patricia I. Oteiza - Research Interests: The effects of of (-)-epicatechin on mitigating high-fat diet-induced intestinal permeability and endotoxemia

Rochelle Werner

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Christine Stewart - Research Interests: Dietary assessment of maternal, infant, and child nutrition in low and middle-income countries.

Zhongyue Julia Yang

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Liping Huang - Research Interests: Zinc metabolism and microbiology.

Zeyu Zhou

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Jon Ramsey - Research Interests: Dietary interventions that promote healthy aging.

Chenghao Zhu

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Angela Zivkovic - Research Interests: Using high-throughput experimental methods such as metabolomics and microbiome to study the relationship between diet and health.

Michelle Zuelch

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carl Keen - Research Interests: Diet and Vascular Function