Affiliated Faculty

Marta D. Van Loan, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
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.

Ken-ichi Kosuna

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
  • Chairman, Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd.
Mr. Kosuna is an internationally-recognized business leader and innovator in the area of botanical extracts for human health. His current research interests focus on regulatory aspects of nutritional products in Asia and the United States, and the development of safe and effective natural products for use in food, beverage and dietary supplement industries.

Javier Ottaviani, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
  • Manager of MARS CoreLab at UC Davis, MARS, Incorporated
Dr. Ottaviani studies the putative beneficial effects of plant-derived polyphenolic compounds against degenerative disorders, with an emphasis on vascular disease.
3150B Meyer Hall

Hagen Schroeter, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
  • Director Biomedical Research/Fundamental Cocoa Flavanol Research, MARS, Incorporated
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.
3150B Meyer Hall

Hajime Fujii, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
  • President, Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd.
Dr. Fujii’s research interests are focused on the development and testing of novel botanical extracts. His current work includes research on a mushroom mycelia extract, a lychee fruit extract, and an enzyme-treated asparagus extract.

D'Ann Finley, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
Dr. Finley is the Assistant Editor of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Her research interests include the study of factors affecting breast milk composition.

Britt M. Burton-Freeman, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
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.

Alan Crozier, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
Dr. Crozier's research investigates the absorption, disposition, metabolism and excretion of dietary flavonoids and phenolic compounds and their potential to protect against non-communicable diseases. He is one of 11 Thomson-Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers on the UC Davis campus.
3143 Meyer Hall

Caroline Kurtz, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate, Department of Nutrition
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.