April 26, 2019

Qingqing Mao in front of her research posterCongratulations to Nutrition Master's student Qingqing Mao and Food Science Ph.D. student Grant Hedblom on being named Minnesota Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) award recipients for 2019-20. They were both selected to the Global Food Ventures Graduate Student Professional Development Program.

Awardees receive a $13,000 stipend per 12 months, and must participate in specific experiential learning activities to broaden their understanding of our food supply chains, agribusinesses and food policies. The award provides $4,000 funding for the required learning activities and $1,000 for elective experiential learning and professional development activities. 

Qingqing is pursuing her Master's degree in Nutrition under the guidance of associate professor Chi Chen. As part of her research, she is characterizing intense pulsed light elicited effects on Escherichia coli and non-fat dry milk via LC-MS based metabolomic and chemometric analysis. 

Grant Hedblom in front of his research posterGrant is working on his Food Science Ph.D. and is advised by assistant professor David Baumler. One of his projects is looking at comparative genomics of segmented filamentous bacteria. 

MnDRIVE is a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota that aligns areas of research strength with the state's key and emerging industries to address grand challenges. In 2013, the State of Minnesota authorized an $18 million recurring annual investment in four research areas: robotics, global food, environment, and brain conditions. Learn more about the program on its website.