Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

FSHN Faculty Research Areas

See also FSHN's Research Notes website. Available Illinois Experts research outputs are linked below.

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Juan E. Andrade

Assistant Professor International food science and nutrition: applied technologies and strategies to reduce micronutrient malnutrition, food fortification, micronutrient deficiency diagnostics, service and experiential learning, study abroad programs.
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Anna E. Arthur
Assistant Professor Nutrition & Cancer Epidemiology and Survivorship: The influence of dietary patterns and energy balance on cancer recurrence, survival, and quality of life; dietary modulation of biomarkers of cancer progression and prognosis.
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Hans Blaschek Professor Emeritus Food and Biomass Microbiology: Genetic and physiological manipulation of clostridia; plant cell wall deconstruction; fermentation.
Keith Cadwallader Professor Flavor Chemistry: Chemistry and analysis of food flavor; development and application of instrumental and sensory methods of analysis; flavor development; physical chemistry of flavor systems. IE Research Output
Karen Chapman-Novakofski Professor Community Nutrition: Nutrition education intervention and evaluation; osteoporosis and diabetes; internet and apps. IE Research Output
Hong Chen Associate Professor Nutrigenomics and epigenetics: nutrient regulation of epigenetic modifications during human development and carcinogenesis.
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Elvira de Mejia Professor Bioactive peptides and proteins in foods with health benefits focusing on reduction of inflammation, markers of type-2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular risk; functional properties of food components especially flavonoids in ethnic teas, herbs and berries. IE Research Output
Sharon Donovan Professor Pediatric Nutrition: Human milk and neonatal intestinal development. Development of the microbiome and host-microbe interactions. Childhood obesity prevention. Determinants of picky eating and strategies to develop healthy eating habits. IE Research Output
Nicki Engeseth Professor Food Chemistry: Impact of environmental growing conditions, processing and storage on oilseed and fruit and vegetable quality and nutritional value, with emphasis on enzymatic action, lipids and natural antioxidants. IE Research Output
John Erdman, Jr. Professor Emeritus Bioactive Food Components and Carotenoids: Dietary and non-dietary factors affecting absorption, utilization, and bioavailability of carotenoids; carotenoids and prostate cancer; soy and health; lutein and brain function.
Hao Feng Professor Food Engineering and Processing: Novel food processing and preservation technologies, acoustic energy (ultrasound) and its use in food and bioproduct processing, food safety intervention technologies for fresh and fresh-cut produce, new dehydration (drying) technologies, heat and mass transfer analysis.
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William Helferich Professor Nutritional toxicology: food safey and toxicology; effect of natural chemicals present in foods on chronic diseases such as breast cancer.
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Hannah D. Holscher
Assistant Professor Nutrition and the microbiome: dietary manipulation of the microbiome for disease prevention and treatment; clinical nutrition; host-microbe interactions; big data and bioinformatics. IE Research Output
Elizabeth Jeffery Professor Emerita Nutritional toxicology and functional foods: anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory effects of non-nutritive dietary components, including isothiocyanates and indoles from broccoli.
Yong-Su Jin
Associate Professor Microbial Genomics: Microbial bioconversion of biomass into value-added products, microbial genomics for linking genotypes and beneficial phenotypes. IE Research Output
Soo-Yeun Lee Professor Food chemistry and sensory evaluation: assessment of properties of food consumer products using sensory methodologies.
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Youngsoo Lee Assistant Professor Food processing, rheology, and microencapsulation: microencapsulation of bioactive compounds and probiotics, rheology and texture of food, soy protein processing, and extrusion. IE Research Output
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan Assistant Professor Nutrition, genomics, transcriptomics, cistromics, epigenetics, metabolomics, biomarker discovery, biosensors, molecular and physiological effects of phytochemicals present in food and natural and synthetic estrogens to resiliency to chronic diseases like metabolic syndrome and breast cancer, post-menopausal women’s health.
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Michael Miller Associate Professor Food microbiology: functional genomics of lactic acid bacteria (LAB); food and industrial fermentations; gastrointestinal microbiology; food microbiology and safety. IE Research Output
Scott Morris Associate Professor Food engineering: nanoscale defect imaging and detection, and nanofluidic microbial transport; production systems modelling and optimization; food security and data-driven encryption and indication technologies. IE Research Output
Manabu Nakamura Associate Professor Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition: Function and metabolism of essential fatty acids in reproduction, inflammation and chronic diseases; transcriptional regulation of macronutrient metabolism; dietary weight loss and prevention of obesity. IE Research Output
Shelly Nickols-Richardson Professor Determinants of obesity prevention and body weight regulation across the life span to lower the burden of chronic diseases, ranging from metabolic syndrome to osteoporosis. Impact of weight loss, weight loss diets and restrained eating on body composition and biomarkers of health. IE Research Output
Graciela Padua Research Professor Food engineering: nanostructured foods and biomaterials. Food materials science.
Yuan-Xiang Pan Assistant Professor Nutrigenomics and epigenetics: nutrient-gene interaction and chronic diseases.
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Yanina Pepino
Assistant Professor Individual differences in taste perception: Food pleasure and reward pathways in lean versus obese individuals; perception of fat in foods; impact of surgical weight loss on taste perception and eating behavior; effect of non-caloric sweeteners on taste preference and glucose homeostasis. IE Research Output
Shelly Schmidt Professor Food chemistry: characterization of water and solids mobility, typically using water activity, isotherms, glass transition temperature and NMR, in food materials and their relationship to the physical, chemical, and microbial stability of food systems. IE Research Output
Marcia Monaco Siegel Research Assistant Professor Maternal and Infant nutrition: the role of nutrition on maternal health and its impact in the infant. The influence of breast milk and its components in the functional development of the gastrointestinal tract, immune response and establishment of the microbiota. In addition , the development of nutritional strategies that optimize neonatal growth.
Matthew Stasiewicz
Assistant Professor Food safety microbiology: persistence of bacterial foodborne pathogens; food safety risk assessment and management; applied genomics; international food safety, particularly mycotoxin control in cereals. IE Research Output
Pawan Takhar Associate Professor Porous media modeling of fluid and species transport in biomaterials; biopolymer thermomechanics; transport processes such as frying, drying and sorption; biopolymer expansion during extrusion; modeling at the nanoscale; continuum thermodynamics based fluid-biopolymer interactions; predicting quality changes in foods during processing.
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Kelly Tappenden Professor Nutrition and intestinal function; intestinal failure; malnutrition assessment and intervention.
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