Students

Student

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.

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: Understanding the role of psychological stress on eating behavior and chronic disease risk in humans.

Aya Ead

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

Vivien W Fam

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

Brian Hong

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Angela Zivkovic - Research Interests: Precision health, HDL functionality and its relevance to diseases.

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.

Britt Loofbourrow

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

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.

Shasta McMillen

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Bo Lönnerdal - Research Interests: iron supplementation; infant nutrition; microbiota-gut-brain axis; milk; lactation

Cristina Moraga Franco

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Reina Engle-Stone - Research Interests: Public health nutrition, nutrition interventions, international and community nutrition program development and evaluation in low-income populations.

Zahra Mostofinejad

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

Leslie Olivares

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

Marcela Radtke

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Rachel Scherr - Research Interests:

Eddie Romo

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky - 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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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 influences pancreatic carcinogenesis.

Demewoz Haile Woldegebreal

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Reina Engle-Stone - Research Interests: Modeling Maternal and Child Nutrition interventions 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.

Michelle Zuelch

  • GGNB Student
Major Professor: Carl Keen - Research Interests: Diet and how it relates to health outcomes, primarily atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.