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.
The primary focus of Dr. McDonald's research program is on mechanisms of cellular aging and the interaction between nutrition and aging.
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
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.
Dr. Townsend's work centers on nutrition education (research and programs) with an emphasis on children and adolescents. She is involved in theory-driven program development and implementation, nutrition educational methodologies and program evaluation. Her work also involves health behavior change strategies.
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. Lucia Kaiser’s research interests have included developing and evaluating nutrition education programs to promote food security and prevent obesity and nutrition-related chronic diseases. As a Cooperative Extension specialist, she conducted 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 nutrition education resources and evaluation tools to help those working in the community to promote healthy lifestyles and improve the food environment.
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.
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. Dewey's research area is community and international nutrition, with an emphasis on maternal and child nutrition. Dr. Dewey was the Director of the Program in International & Community Nutrition from 2007 – 2018.