Academic Senate Faculty & Cooperative Extension

Reina Engle-Stone, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Assistant Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Dr. Engle-Stone's research is in global public health nutrition, with a focus on micronutrient nutrition among women and young children in low-income settings. Research themes include planning, monitoring, and evaluation of food fortification programs; cost-effectiveness and coherence among micronutrient intervention programs, and nutritional assessment.
3253A Meyer Hall | Lab: 3309 Meyer Hall

Peng Ji, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Assistant Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Perinatal period is a critical window of brain development that is featured with robust neuronal growth as well as greater vulnerability to environmental insults. I am interested in evaluating the opportunities and the risks of nutritional factors in modulating neuronal resilience to early-life adverse events (e.g. infection and stress). Domestic piglet is used as translational model of human infants in our studies. We utilize molecular techniques, behavioral tests, disease-challenge models to integrate pathophysiology, neuroimmunology and cognition. In this way, we are able to evaluate how diet induced peripheral “signals” (e.g. metabolites and humoral profiles) exert their function in central nervous system during health and disease.
3145 Meyer Hall | Lab: 3329 Meyer Hall

Peter Havel, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
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.
3426 Meyer Hall | Lab: 3426 Meyer Hall

Patricia I. Oteiza, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
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.
3109 Meyer Hall | Lab: 4305 Meyer Hall

Gerardo Mackenzie, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Assistant Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Dr. Mackenzie´s research focuses on the role of diet and other lifestyle factors in cancer development and prevention. Current research projects include: 1) Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the link between obesity, inflammation and cancer; 2) Evaluating the role of zinc in pancreatic carcinogenesis; and 3) Investigating the use of select nutraceuticals as potential chemopreventive agents.
3207 Meyer Hall | Lab: 3402 Meyer Hall

Francene M. Steinberg, Ph.D., R.D.

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition
  • Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
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.
3135B Meyer Hall | Lab: 3427 Meyer Hall

Fawaz Haj, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Dr. Haj's laboratory studies the molecular basis of metabolic diseases, mainly obesity and type 2 diabetes. In particular, we are interested in the role of tyrosine phosphorylation and how dysregulation of this key signaling mechanism contributes to metabolic diseases and their complications. We investigate the role of protein-tyrosine phosphatases and their interacting partners in metabolic homeostasis. This is achieved using a combination of genetic, biochemical, proteomic and pharmacological approaches in various experimental platforms (cells, rodent models of disease and humans).
3115 Meyer Hall | Lab: 4306 Meyer Hall

Elizabeth Prado, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Assistant Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
Dr. Prado's research interests include the effect of nutrition on brain development in children; the effect of nutrition on cognition, mood, and caregiving in mothers; and the cross-cultural and cross-linguistic adaptation and validation of tests of motor, cognitive, and socio-emotional function in children and adults.
3243 Meyer Hall

Carolyn M. Slupsky, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Nutrition/ Department of Food Science & Technology
  • Chair, Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology
  • Kinsella Endowed Chair in Food, Nutrition, and Health
  • Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station
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.
3247 Meyer Hall | Labs: 3316 and 3326 Meyer Hall