Graduate Students

Title Degree Areas of Interest Advisor
Allison Bailey Ph.D. Daniel Gallaher
Aysegul Aysha Baltaci Ph.D.
  • Public health nutrition
  • Community nutrition
  • Diet and activity related behaviors among diverse families and their children
  • Latino father and adolescent nutrition and activity education
  • Cooking demonstrations
Marla Reicks
Radhika Bharathi Ph.D.
  • Applied Food Science & Product Development
  • Food Chemistry
  • Carbohydrate Chemistry, Technology and Processing
  • Starch Chemistry and Technology
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Food Processing Operations
  • Science communication for food science and nutrition
  • Food Quality & Regulation
Dr. George Annor
Prince Boakye Ph.D.
  • Food Chemistry
  • Product Development
  • Food Processing
  • Food Carbohydrates
  • Modeling and Optimization using Response Surface Methodology
  • Lipid Chemistry
  • Data Science/Analysis
  • Food Sustainability
George Annor
Meredith Bonde M.S. Len Marquart
Theresa Bushman Ph.D. Xiaoli Chen
Drew Carter Ph.D.
  • Cellular Agriculture
  • Microbiomes
  • Science Communication
Estephany Cortes Ortega M.S.
  • Microbiology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Quality in Food
  • Research and Development


Steven Bowden
Jessica Dryke M.S. Len Marquart
Laura Eckhardt M.S. Pam Ismail
Megan Edelman M.S.
  • Dietary fiber and the gut microbiome
  • Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) and gut microbiome modulation
  • Maternal and pediatric nutrition
Joanne Slavin
Allie Fons M.S.

Mineral metabolism in Chronic Kidney Disease.

Dr. Kathleen Hill Gallant
Ashley Gelhaus M.S.
  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Gut Microbiome
Dr. Scott Crow
Yue Guo Ph.D. Chi Chen
Gretchen Gustafson M.S.
  • New Product Development
  • Food Processing & Engineering
  • Cold Plasma Technology
Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan
Laura Hooper Ph.D.

Weight stigma experienced during adolescence and young adulthood: associations with disordered eating and weight-related health risk behaviors.

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD
Holly Husband M.S.
  • Plant-based protein
  • Protein chemistry
  • Ingredient chemistry
  • Food applications
Pam Ismail
Azzairia Jackson M.S. Marla Reicks
Hannah Johnson M.S.
  • Microbiome
  • Prebiotics/Probiotics
  • Maternal/Infant Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition Support
Daniel Gallaher
Nigel Kang M.S.
  • Novel Food Proteins
  • Food Trends and Innovation
  • Food Application and Product Development
  • Sustainability and Food Waste Reduction
Pam Ismail
Dilpreet Kaur
  • Dairy Science Food Chemistry
  • Product development
  • Continuous Improvement/ Lean six sigma
Dr. Schoenfuss & Dr. Kumar
Brooke Kerscher M.S.
  • Eating Disorders
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Adolescent Nutrition
Kathleen Hill Gallant
Juyoung Kim Ph.D. Dr. Moon-Suhn Ryu
Sara Kleba Ph.D. Zata Vickers
Brittany Kralik Ph.D.

-Plant proteins

-Protein chemistry


-Extrusion -Consumer behavior

-Alternative, innovative food products

Pam Ismail
Te Yueh Derek Lin Ph.D.
  • Obesity and aging
  • Inflammation
  • Extracellular vesicles
  • miRNAs
Xiaoli Chen
Erik Lindstrom M.S. Dr. Xiaoli Chen
Leslie Loehr M.S. Pam Ismail
Qingqing Mao Ph.D.
  • Nutrition
  • Dietetics
  • Metabolomics
Chi Chen
Abbie Masciangelo M.S. Marla Reicks
Kenzie McClintic M.S.
  • Alternative protein R and D
  • Sensory and Product Development
  • Extrusion/Processing
  • Sustainability
Job Ubbink and. Zata Vickers
Devon McDonald M.S.

Flavor Chemistry of Plant Protein.

Gary Reineccius
Zahra Moazzami M.S.

Fuel utilization in brown fat.

Dr. Hai-Bin Ruan
Zahra Moazzami M.S.

Adipose tissue metabolism, Ketone metabolism, Iron metabolism

Hai-Bin Ruan
Brittany Noble M.S.
  • Polyphenolics and cancer prevention
  • Eating disorders
  • Integrating nutrition in primary care
Dan Gallaher
Akua Okyere Ph.D.
  • Food Chemistry
  • Starch Chemistry
  • Plasma Science
  • Food Quality and Safety
  • Sensory Science
  • Product Development and Sustainability
George Annor
Sonali Raghunath Ph.D.
  • Food Proteins
  • Engineering/ Processing
  • Dairy Chemistry
  • Product Developement
  • Studying the effect of pulsed electric field processing and cold plasma treatments on milk derived protein concentrates (MPC and MCC)
Kumar Mallikarjunan, Tonya Schoenfuss
Kendal Schmitz Ph.D.

Mineral metabolism in Chronic Kidney Disease.

Dr. Kathleen Hill Gallant
Allie Schneider M.S. Pam Ismail
Rebekah Schulz M.S. Joanne Slavin
Lei Shan Ted Labuza
Rui Su M.S.
  • Biochemistry
  • Metabolomics 
Chi Chen
Chrissy Tingle M.S. Job Ubbink
Jacob Vitt M.S. Steven Bowden
Xiaohan Wu M.S. Gary Reineccius
Brigitta Yaputri M.S.
  • Plant protein modification & application
  • Food research & development (innovation)
  • Food waste management/utilization
  • Nutrition and health
Pam Ismail
Jiayi Alice Zhang M.S. David Smith
Junwei Zhang Ph.D. Chi Chen