Students

Student

Hala Addassi

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Gerardo Mackenzie - Research Interests: The role of lipid-signaling enzyme Phospholipase D on pancreatic cancer development.

Joanne Agus

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Angela Zivkovic - Research Interests: Personalized nutrition for aging and age-related diseases.

Joseph Arballo

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Peng Ji - Research Interests: How dual micronutrient deficiency (vitamin A and iron) impacts the developing brain, intestine, and gut microbiome in a translational mice model.

Biniyam Banjaw

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Kenneth Brown - Research Interests:

Emily Becher

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Reina Engle-Stone - Research Interests: Public health nutrition and maternal-child nutrition in low and middle-income countries.

Sarah Blecksmith

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Danielle Lemay - Research Interests: Microbial fermentation of fiber and the effect on host health.

Yasmine Bouzid

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Danielle Lemay - Research Interests: Effects of diet, microbiome, and host genetics on gut health.

Dawson Budke

Major Professor: Brian Bennett - Research Interests: Nutrigenomics, gut microbiome, and precision nutrition. Employing a systems genetics/multi-omics integrative approach to assess chronic metabolic disease development.

Alana Chaney

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Lauren Au - Research Interests: Maternal and child nutrition amongst low-income and underrepresented populations.

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.

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.

Aya Ead

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Gerardo Mackenzie - Research Interests: The role of adipose tissue in shaping the pancreatic tumor microenvironment.

Abigail Galyon

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky - Research Interests: The effects of maternal health and diet quality on breast milk composition.

Mengjiang Huang

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Angela Zivkovic - Research Interests:

Kristen James

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Brian Bennett - Research Interestes: identifying gene by environment interactions in the context of health and disease and applying this knowledge to promote precision health and precision nutrition.

Katherine Kwon

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Elizabeth Prado - Research Interests: Maternal and child health in low-income populations; early nutrition and cognitive development; global nutrition program development and evaluation.

Grace LeBleu

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Fawaz Haj - Research Interests: The effects of protein tyrosine phosphatase activity and inhibition on the development and progression of diabetic nephropathy.

HengChen Liu

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Jon Ramsey - Research Interests:

Abigail Lutz

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

Juliana Mendez

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Gerardo Mackenzie - Research Interests:

Yvette Deanna Mends

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Debbie Fetter - Research Interests: The effects of eating disorders in various populations, eating disorder education, and nutrition education.

Cristina Moraga Franco

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Reina Engle-Stone - Research Interests: Research Interests: Public health nutrition, social determinants of health, micronutrient nutrition and fortification, nutrition policy for the promotion of health equity.

Zahra Mostofinejad

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Patricia Oteiza - Research Interests: The effects of (-)-epicatechin on liver steatosis and fibrosis.

Imani Muhammad

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Patricia Oteiza - Research Interests: Effects of cyanidin intervention on anxiety and depressive like behavior and cognitive dysfunction.

Lauren Ober

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Andrea Fascetti - Research Interests: Cat and dog nutrition and metabolism; nutrient requirements for cats and dogs; the role of nutrition in adult cat and dog care and maintenance; alternate protein sources for sustainability; the improvement of commercial pet foods.

Mariana Parenti

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

Marcela Radtke

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Francene Steinberg & Rachel Scherr - Research Interests: Clinical nutrition and public health; research explores the physiological and cognitive impacts of food insecurity.

Davrina Rianda

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Elizabeth Prado - Research Interests: Maternal-child nutrition and health; gut-brain axis; early life nutrition on child brain development.

Eddie Romo

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Angela Zivkovic - Research Interests:

Kirsten Roslund

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky - Research Interests: The effects of a ketogenic diet on hippocampal metabolism and age-related memory loss.

Emily Sklar

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Debbie Fetter - Research Interests: Food insecurity in college student populations and how the long-term effects of nutrition deficits correlate to human health and chronic diseases.

Debra Tacad

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Nancy Keim - Research Interests: The effects of diet and exercise in appetite regulation, eating behavior, and energy metabolism.

Xinyu Tang

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Angela Zivkovic - Research Interests: Glycosylation in Alzheimer's disease.

Lauren Thompson

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Reina Engle-Stone and Christine McDonald - Research Interests: Nutritional epidemiology, maternal, infant and child nutrition, micronutrient fortification, mathematical modeling and data science for nutrition.

Ste Traxler

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Mary Kable - Research Interests: Effects of diet and chronic stress on host microbiome composition and immune function, particularly in relation to systemic inflammation, gut health, and host resilience against pathogens.

Yirui Tang Villanueva

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Danielle Lemay - Research Interests: Bioinformatics in nutrition, human gut microbiome community in relation with dietary intake and dietary and physical status.

Brooke Wickman

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Francene Steinberg - Research Interests: Implementation and effectiveness of nutrition interventions for clinical populations; equity in nutrition and dietetics education.

Joanna Wirkus

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Gerardo Mackenzie - Research Interests: how dietary fat quantity and composition influence pancreatic carcinogenesis.

Zhongyue Julia Yang

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

Shengjie Holly Zhu

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Maria Chondronikola - Research Interests: Human clinical trials on intermittent fasting and metabolic health.

Michelle Zuelch

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carl Keen and Roberta Holt - Research Interests: Cardiovascular disease; Atherosclerosis; Phytonutrients; Metabolomics.