Dr. Hill Gallant Lab Spotlight: Nutrition PhD Student Kendal Schmitz

Kendal SchmitzHometown: Farmington, MN

Degree pursuing: Nutrition PhD

Advisor: Dr. Hill Gallant


What is your research focus?

 My research focus is chronic kidney disease and mineral metabolism, specifically phosphorus metabolism.


How did you become interested in food science/nutrition?

I became interested in nutrition in high school when I began to realize just how much of an impact the food we consume has on our health. Since then, I have completed a bachelor’s degree in community and medical dietetics and have obtained my Registered Dietitian credentials.


What is your favorite food science or nutrition fact?

According to Guinness World Records, the largest cup of coffee measured 6,007.04 gallons in volume. 


Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?

I came to the University of Minnesota from Purdue with my advisor Dr. Hill Gallant. I am ecstatic to be at the University of Minnesota as there are numerous resources and opportunities that will allow me to engage in collaborative, diverse, and engaging research.


How does your research tie into the research being done in your advisor's lab?

Dr. Hill Gallant’s research involves chronic kidney disease, bone mineral disorder and mineral metabolism. Her research focuses on elucidating factors that influence and regulate intestinal absorption of dietary phosphorus using human clinical studies and translational research studies in animal models. The goal of her work is to develop strategies to control abnormal phosphorus metabolism and its consequences in CKD patients as well as the general population. My research ties into this as I am actively conducting studies investigating phosphorus metabolism.


What are your future plans?

My future plans are evolving as I continue my graduate career and grow as a scientist. My goal for the future is to make contributions to the nutrition field that in turn, create a more well informed and healthier population.