Dr. Applegate instructs two General Education courses, Nutrition 10 and Nutrition 11 year round, as well as directing a variety of internships focusing on sports nutrition and nutrition education for undergraduate nutrition students. She also serves as the Director of Sports Nutrition for Intercollegiate Athletics providing nutrition education for 20 sports teams. Her research interests include the effect of natural food products on exercise performance.
Dr. Cherr´s current laboratory focus is on understanding the cellular and physiological mechanisms of reproduction and development over a wide phylogenetic range.
Dr. Dewey's research area is international and community nutrition, with an emphasis on maternal and child nutrition.
Dr. Gaikwad’s research interests include: 1. Development of mass spectrometric analytical methods for comprehensive measurement of the small molecules in the cells/tissues/body fluids. 2. Development of biomarkers by applying target / profile oriented metabolomic methods. 3. Modulation of metabolic profile by using antioxidants, polyphenols, flavones and phytochemicals.
Dr. Haj´s laboratory studies the molecular basis of metabolic diseases, mainly obesity and type 2 diabetes. This is achieved using a combination of genetic, biochemical, proteomic and pharmacological approaches in various experimental platforms.
Dr. Havel is investigating the regulation of energy homeostasis and carbohydrate/lipid metabolism, and the involvement of endocrine systems in the pathophysiology of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Lucia Kaiser’s research interests include: developing nutrition education programs to prevent childhood obesity and nutrition-related chronic diseases and examining the effects of acculturation and food insecurity on nutrition of immigrant populations . As a Cooperative Extension specialist, she is available to conduct nutrition workshops, seminars, in-service training events, and media outreach to the general public, as well as to health providers. Dr. Kaiser maintains the UC Cooperative Extension Community Nutrition website, which provides research updates, nutrition education resources, and evaluation tools that can help those working in the community to support Americans in adopting healthy lifestyles and improving the food environment.
Dr. Keen’s research group is focused on the influence of diet on the risk for: 1) Pregnancy complications for the mother, conceptus and fetus; and 2) Age-related chronic diseases.
Dr. Lönnerdal´s research program is focused on two main areas: infant/pediatric nutrition and trace element metabolism.
Dr. Oteiza has two primary areas of research. The first is centered on the characterization of the effects of trace mineral deficiencies and trace mineral toxicities on early developmental processes. Dr. Oteiza’s second area of research is focused on the putative health benefits of flavonoids.
Dr. Slupsky's research includes understanding the impact of diet on human health from the perspective of nutrition, the gut microbiome, and host-microbial co-metabolism. She uses a multi-discplinary research approach that integrates metabolomics with clinical measures, global gene expression profiles, as well as microbial community analysis to understand the intimate link between our gut microbiome, metabolism, and health. In addition, she is looking into the implication of food processing, agricultural practices, and plant health status on the nutrient content and sensory aspects of the food we eat. These studies will provide novel insight on health management and food development, and usher us into the era of personalized nutrition.
Dr. Steinberg’s research program focuses on the physiologic effects of bioactive food components to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular and obesity-related chronic diseases. Human trials and complementary research approaches are used to study metabolic markers of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, endothelial function, inflammation and metabolic homeostasis; with a goal to examine nutritional phenotypes of individuals responding to intakes of food phytochemicals and characterize metabolic responses which promote health and chronic disease risk reduction.
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Dr. Stewart’s research is related to maternal and child nutrition in low income communities, primarily in developing country settings. Her focus is on both the immediate and long-term effects of poor nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood on birth outcomes, infant and child survival, child growth, and risk of chronic disease in later life.
Dr. Townsend provides leadership and training in the area of nutrition education. Her research includes evaluation studies of intervention programs and integrates theories and methodologies from cognitive psychology with dietary behavior change strategies.
Dr. Zidenberg-Cherr’s research program studies the impact of multi-faceted approaches to nutrition education on the dietary and lifestyle choices of school-aged children. Her research utilizes a food systems approach in the development and testing of nutrition education curricula and comprehensive nutrition education programs for school age children. She also co-directs the Center for Nutrition in Schools in the Department of Nutrition at University of California, Davis. The goal of the Center is to provide state-of the-art research, outreach, and educational programs to improve the nutrition knowledge, skills, and health outcomes of the nation’s children, assisting them in achieving their full potential academically, socially, and physically.
Dr. Zivkovic’s research program focuses on the development of assessment tools and dietary strategies to personalize health. Dr. Zivkovic is particularly interested in assessing the effects of diet and dietary constituents on lipid metabolism, lipoprotein composition and function, inflammation, and the establishment and maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome. Dr. Zivkovic’s group integrates clinical, metabolomic, glycomic, transcriptomic, and genomic approaches to characterize metabolic phenotypes and their responsiveness to different diets. Research projects are both domestic and international in scope.
Dr. Brown conducts research on the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of childhood malnutrition in lower-income countries, including evaluation of large-scale intervention programs. Research themes include infant and young child feeding (breast feeding and complementary feeding), relationships between infection and nutrition, and control of specific micronutrient deficiencies, with particular focus on vitamin A, zinc, and iron.
Dr. Clifford´s research concerns the dynamic and kinetic behavior of nutrient metabolism as it occurs in vivo in humans. Nutrients of special interest include folate, vitamin E, β-carotene, lutein, and food (fruits/vegetables) components (flavonoids, isothiocyanates, catechins, sulfaraphanes, reservatrol). Foods rich in the above components protect against and hold promise for improved management of developmental, chronic, and degenerative diseases.
Dr. Davis´ research focuses on the interaction of dietary constituents (macronutrients and nonnutritional components) with processes/risk factors for chronic human diseases (i.e. coronary vascular disease and cancer).
Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood´s research interests are in national science policy, obesity, diabetes, and women´s health. Her past research work has been on the role of genetics in the development of obesity and diabetes. She is currently interested in national and international policy in these areas and the role of government in the regulation of food and diet.
Dr. Grivetti blends classical approaches of social and biological sciences with historical perspectives. The unifying theme of his research is how, why, and under what conditions human diets change, the mechanisms of change, and the nutritional implications of human behavior.
The main focus of Dr. Halsted’s research is the regulation of alcoholic liver injury by hepatic methionine metabolism. Previous work established the mechanisms for folate absorption from the intestine, including characterization of a novel enzyme glutamate carboxypeptidase, as well the effects of alcoholism on folate metabolism in humans and animal models.
Dr. Hess was the Chair of the UC Davis Nutrition Department from 2007 to 2009. He also serverd as Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from 1975 to 1989. In 1989 he was appointed by the President to be the Assistant Secretary of Science and Education in the USDA. He also had two presidential appointments to the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation. Upon his return to campus in 1991, he served as the Director of International Programs and has served as a special assistant to the Provost and Chancellor.
Dr. Hudson (Hon) was the Assistant Program Director of the UC Davis Didactic Program in Dietetics from 2006-2012. Her work focuses on curriculum design, outcomes assessment, and management practice in dietetics.
Using stable isotopes and kinetic modeling techniques, Dr. King´s research group studies how calcium and zinc utilization is affected by different physiological states, such as pregnancy, lactation, aging, or insufficient or excessive intakes.
The primary focus of Dr. McDonald´s research program is on mechanisms of cellular aging and the interaction between nutrition and aging.
Dr. Rucker's research focus is on the role of nutrients in early growth and development and the physiological roles of quinone cofactors derived from tyrosine, such as pyrroloquinoline quinone.
Dr. Schneeman is recognized for her work on dietary fiber, gastro-intestinal function, development and use of food-based dietary guidelines, and the connection between science and policy development.
Dr. Stern´s research interests include: studies to identify genes associated with obesity and renal disease; public policy in obesity (e.g. costs of not treating obesity, social costs to the individual - discrimination; research funding; menu board labeling of calories); childhood obesity; dietary supplements. Dr. Stern writes a blog called "Nutrition Speaks"
Dr. Adams investigates the etiology of obesity-associated metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Research efforts explore which molecular markers, metabolites, and endocrine factors correlate with indices of metabolic health in human nutritional studies and in animal models of obesity.
Dr. Allen is the Director of the USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC). Dr. Allen´s research is focused on the prevalence, causes, consequences and prevention of micronutrient deficiencies including iron, vitamin B-12, zinc, vitamin A and riboflavin.
Dr. Arsenaut's research interests include the evaluation of: 1) dietary intakes, 2) relations between diet/nutritional status and health/functional outcomes, and 3) impacts of nutrition programs – focusing on micronutrients and low-income populations.
Studying the molecular basis of metabolic diseases, in particular; Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer and Cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Bonnel is the Human Studies Manager at the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC). The mission of the WHNRC is to create and test food based interventions to improve the health of all Americans.
Dr. Burri's laboratory focuses on two areas of research: 1) Research in the metabolism, function, and health maintenance properties of carotenoids; and 2) Developing and optimizing food-based interventions for improving vitamin A status.
Dr. Burton-Freeman’s research follows two main themes: 1) Appetite and obesity management and, 2) Vascular disease. Research emphasizes the effects of bioactive food components on mechanistic and behavioral processes of food intake and body weight regulation.
Dr. Engle-Stone’s research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of malnutrition, with a specific focus on the micronutrient status of women and children in low-income settings.
Ms. Frank’s work focuses on curriculum design, outcomes assessment, and management practice in dietetics.
Dr. Fung's research interests include the assessment of growth, bone health, and mineral homeostasis in pediatric patients particularly those with hematological disorders.
Dr. Hackman’s research addresses the role of nutritional and botanical supplements for enhancement of human health and performance. His current studies explore the role of walnuts, strawberries and unique botanical extracts on vascular function and inflammation. He also investigates the role of medicinal mushrooms and cancer.
Dr. Hampel’s research is focused on method development for phenotyping breast milk and plasma samples and assessment of micronutrient deficiencies in mostly developing countries as well as evaluation of biomarkers to assess adequate micronutrient intake for mothers, breast milk status and infants 0 - 6 months.
Dr. Haskell’s research interests include the bioavailability of vitamin A from plant-based diets, and the evaluation of food-based interventions for improving vitamin A status.
Dr. Hawkes has conducted research on the biochemistry and nutrition of selenium that has focused on the selenoproteins that are responsible for selenium´s health benefits.
Dr. Heinig’s research area is maternal and child nutrition, particularly during lactation.
Dr. Hess’ major research interests involve the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to control micronutrient deficiencies among children and women in low-income countries, and related issues of nutrient bioavailability, nutrient-nutrient interactions and nutritional assessment. The research program is generally carried out in the context of community-based intervention trials, using an efficacy or effectiveness study design.
Dr. Huang is a Research Geneticist with the Western Human Nutrition Research Center. Her research is focused on identifying the genetic influences on zinc homeostasis at molecular and cellular levels in humans.
The goal of Dr. Hwang´s research is to elucidate molecular mechanisms by which different types of dietary fatty acids modulate receptor-mediated signaling pathways, target gene expression, and subsequent cellular responses, and to determine how this modulation by fatty acids is related to risks of developing chronic diseases.
Dr. Keim’s research program involves validation and application of body composition methodologies, evaluation of the effects of dieting and physical activity on energy expenditure in overweight and obese individuals, and, more recently, development and application of tools to assess appetite, food preferences, and dietary patterns in humans.
Dr. Kelley is interested in studying the effects of diets on inflammation and immune responses. The focus of his studies has been the modulation of risk factors for cardio-vascular disease and insulin resistance by dietary fatty acids and phytonutrients. He is also interested in the effects of fatty acids on cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis.
Dr. Lanoue´s research is directed towards achieving a better understanding of the role of specific nutrient deficits or excesses on embryonic and fetal development.
Dr. Laugero's lab studies stress and nutrition interrelationships. Research is being conducted to understand physiological and metabolic underpinnings of inter-individual variability in stress responsiveness, and how this can be used to explain vulnerability or resilience to the negative mental and physical effects of chronic stress. A systems approach is applied to examine the interrelationships between stress, diet, and physical activity in animal models, humans, and the community to identify mechanisms and factors that explain differential regulation of the stress response.
The focus of Dr. Martin's research has been on nutrient sensing mechanisms in the gut and brain and how these mechanisms may be altered by dietary fermentable carbohydrates, gut microbiota and metabolic end products.
Dr. Matias’s research is focused on two main topics: 1) maternal and child health and nutrition; 2) immigrant and Latino health. Her research has been focused on breastfeeding and on the quality of diet among Latino immigrants. Currently, Dr. Matias conducts research on the effectiveness of an intervention to prevent malnutrition among mothers and children in a developing country.
Dr. Mridha’s research interests include the role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy and lactation, weaning practices and complementary feeding practices and their association with growth and illness of children, evaluation of existing nutrition intervention programs on health and illness of mothers and children, equity in community settings, nutrition and non-communicable diseases.
Dr. Newman’s laboratory uses analytical technologies to investigate the interactions of diet and metabolism on nutritional phenotypes in the context of obesity and associated co-morbidities, developing novel analytical tools as needed to address these questions.
Dr. Prado’s research includes:1) The effect of nutrition on brain development in children; 2) The effect of nutrition on cognition, mood, and caregiving in mothers; 3) The cross-cultural and cross-linguistic adaptation and validation of tests of motor, cognitive, and socio-emotional function in children and adults
Dr. Scherr’s research interests are mainly focused on nutrition education and promotion in school-aged children. Research efforts include the implementation of a multi-component, school-based intervention entitled the Shaping Healthy Choices Program.. Additionally, Dr. Scherr is focused on the usage of sub-clinical and novel biomarkers in nutrition education to assess the effectiveness of these multi-component interventions
Dr. Scherr is Associate Director of Program Evaluation for the UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools (CNS).<
Dr. Schuster’s research interest is directed towards the effects of nutrients on lipid metabolism and immune response. Her main focus is to investigate the effects of fat-solulable vitamins, fatty acids, or cholesterol metabolites on gene expression, which is mediated by nuclear receptors (like RXR, RAR, LXR or PPAR).
Dr. Stephensen’s research interests focus on the relation between nutritional status and immune function, focusing on vitamin A, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. The effect of diet on the gut microbiome as a mediator of the impact of diet on immunity is also a current focus.
Dr. Uriu-Adams´ research focuses on investigating the mechanisms underlying copper and zinc deficiency-induced abnormal embryonic development in mammals, with an emphasis on nitric oxide metabolism and oxidative and nitrosative stress.
Dr. Van Loan’s research focus has been on the effects of nutrition, exercise, and eating behaviors on body composition and bone health. She has conducted a wide variety of clinical studies aimed at validation of body composition techniques and their use on clinical trials and field settings.
Dr. Wessells' research interests are focused on zinc deficiency among infants and young children in low-income countries, and the evaluation of therapeutic and preventive interventions designed to improve nutritional status in these populations. She is also interested in the dietary and biochemical assessment of nutritional status, and relationships between nutritional status, intestinal mucosal function and infection.
Dr. Zunino’s lab is interested in the regulation of genomic stability, gene transcription, and protein translation in immune cells in response to phytochemicals and their metabolites. Dr. Zunino is particularly interested in the epigenetic regulation of genome stability in response to genotoxic and oxidative stress, and the role that phytochemical antioxidants may play in controlling these responses, thus preventing the development of hematological malignancies. Other areas of interest include anti-inflammatory activities of phytochemicals and prevention of autoimmunity.
Dr. Bacon’s research examines size acceptance, a reduction in dieting behavior, and a heightened awareness of and response to body signals as a method of supporting improved health.
Dr. Fraga´s research program centers on the putative beneficial effects of plant-derived polyphenolic compounds against degenerative disorders, including cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
The primary focus of Dr. Hanna´s work is the role of trace elements in regulating early mammalian embryo development.
In addition to teaching cultural nutrition courses to undergraduate students at UC Davis, Dr. Kurtz oversees the Local Program and Priority Populations Unit of the California Tobacco Control Program with the California Department of Public Health.
Dr. Ottaviani’s research focuses on understanding the beneficial effects of dietary flavanols and procyanidins on cardiovascular health. His interests include i) the characterization of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of flavanols and procyanidins in humans and other species; ii) the development and validation of methodologies capable of quantifying flavanols and procyandins in different biological samples, and iii) elucidating the biochemical mechanisms behind the vascular effects mediated by flavanol and procyanidin consumption.
Dr. Schroeter’s main research interests focus on the elucidation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the putative beneficial effects of flavanols against degenerative human diseases such as cardiovascular disorders and neurodegeneration.
Dr. Watkins's research is focused on three goals: 1) Determining the role of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids on muscle and bone metabolism; 2) Characterizing endocannabinoid (EC) signaling in muscle and bone communications, systemic energy metabolism and aging; 3) Studying dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in kidney disease in order to explain and understand the health risk factors associated with the low intake of DHA and EPA on cardiovascular disease incidence in hemodialysis patients.