Name: Vanessa Thyne
Hometown: Marinette, Wis.
Degree Pursuing: Nutrition M.S.
Adviser: Daniel Gallaher
Research Title: The Effects of Different Wheat Types On Colon Cancer Risk
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. A prominent environmental risk factor is diet. In my study, I am using an animal model to examine wheat as a dietary factor in association with the progression of risk factors associated with colon cancer.
How did you become interested in nutrition?
I have always been interested in the fact that many chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, have a powerful nutritional component.
Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
A component of nutrition that has always interested me is nutrition and cancer. This school had a strong program that also allowed me to learn from others that were doing similar research in that field.
How does your research tie in to the research being done in your adviser's lab?
All of us look at nutritional factors in relation to chronic disease. My research is strongly correlated with what my advisor has done in the past and will continue to do in the future.
Upon graduation, I will be working at the USDA – Human Nutrition Research Center, where I will be learning further techniques in studying chronic diseases in humans. I hope to apply this knowledge to a Ph.D. degree as well as to become a licensed dietitian while I continue on with nutritional research.