Students from the Foods for Health Institute’s Undergraduate Mentorship program presented at the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 245th annual conference. The ACS “Chemistry of Energy and Food” conference took place in New Orleans from April 7 – 11, 2013.
Former Ph.D. candidate in Food, Science and Technology, and Foods for Health Institute researcher, Dr. Daniel Garrido begins a new position as Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile.
Dr. David Mills and Dr. Bruce German have joined a host of collaborators on the American Gut Project. This open source project seeks to characterize the microbial diversity in the American public.
Revisit the exciting research, the multi-disciplinary collaborations, the substantial grants and awards, the outstanding student publications, and a year of special events from the Foods for Health Institute. We have accomplished some incredible things in 2012; here are some important events that shaped the Institute and opened new possibilities for the future.
Dr. Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell is an expert in membrane filtration and a project scientist working in the Advanced Milk Processing Lab, located in the newest building of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science complex.
FFHI-associated graduate student Nick Bokulich is first author of an important study advancing bioinformatic methods to directly characterize the diversity of microbes in natural sites. The study was recently published in the prestigious journal Nature Methods.
Dr. Katie Hinde is a former postdoctoral researcher with the Foods for Health Institute and the California Primate Research Center in Davis. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard University and blogs about the important role of mammalian milk.
A recent paper by Ph.D. student Daniel Garrido and other Foods for Health Institute-affiliated researchers describes the intricate processes within the infant gut, and explains how breast milk can promote protective bacteria to help improve the overall health of infants.
Foods for Health Institute researchers will measure the effects of complex sugars from cow milk to improve the function of the gastrointestinal system. They will analyze valuable molecules in whey permeate – a dairy-industry byproduct.
Dr. Dave Mills Takes Part in a Multi-Million Dollar Gates Foundation Grant to Address Infant Malnutrition
Dr. Dave Mills, the Peter J. Shields Chair of Dairy Food Science at UC Davis and active member of the Foods for Health Institute's Milk Bioactives and Functional Glycobiology programs, is part of a multi-campus, interdisciplinary approach to deliver solutions to the problems of childhood malnutrition in the developing world through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Principal investigators in a multi-million dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant require the support and collaboration of many researchers at the Foods for Health Institute.
Dr. Barile, Associate Director of International Programs for the Foods for Health Institute, has accepted an academic appointment in the Food Science and Technology Department at UC Davis.
UC Davis Professors, Dr. Carlito Lebrilla and Dr. Bruce German, are analyzing the oligosaccharides in milk through the Milk Bioactives and Functional Glycobiology Programs with the Foods for Health Institute.
The 7th annual IMGC symposium featured panel discussion, individual paper presentations and poster sessions focused on issues regarding milk lactation, mammary gland regulation and development, and the effects of milk on infant development.
Dr. Jaehan Kim, a Senior Scientist in the Mills Lab, came to Davis from Korea to pursue his PhD in Food Science. At that time met his wife, Dr. Hyun Ju An, who was pursuing a PhD in Chemistry. Several years later, they have two children and are both Senior Scientists; Dr. Kim in the Mills Lab, and Dr. An in the Lebrilla Lab. Dr. Kim recently published a paper in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Recently Professor Juan F. Medrano was interviewed about his team's exciting RNA-Seq milk cell transcriptome project. He and his team at the Department of Animal Science are working to improve oligosaccharides in bovine milk.
A production team from SmartPlanet.com came to UC Davis to interview Bruce German about studies on human milk.
Children’s Health and Functional Glycobiology Program researchers are currently testing new solutions for premature infants at risk of a potentially deadly disease of the intestine, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Dr. Mark Underwood, a clinician and principal investigator of the collaborative research project aimed at preventing and treating NEC, explains the role of intestinal bacteria and oligosaccharides in this disease.
Dave Dallas, a graduate student in the German Lab working on a new project of the Milk Bioactives and Children’s Health Programs, recently received an NSF fellowship. The fellowship will provide 3 years of funding for a project that span across multiple disciplines with the goal of studying milk digestion in premature infants.
Nicholas Wade, Science writer for The New York Times, recently interviewed FFHI researchers David Mills and Bruce German and reported on the important findings of the Milk Bioactives Program.