February 15, 2016

Sangyub Kim

Youjie Zhang

Sangyub Kim and Youjie Zhang, both nutrition doctoral students in FSCN, have been named finalists in the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN) Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition. The event recognizes the highest scoring research presented by students and young investigators, and is held during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2016.  

More than 1,000 abstracts were submitted by students and postdoctoral fellows. The competition aims to recognize the top 20 percent highest scoring abstracts as finalists. Abstracts were rated by more than 200 nutrition scientists.

Kim’s abstract is titled “Apiaceous and cruciferous vegetables fed in the post-initiation stage reduce colonic precancerous lesions and the cancer stem cell marker DCLK1, and alter the miRNA expression profile in 1,2-dimethylhydrazine-treated rats”. His doctoral research focuses on effects of dietary constituents and environmental carcinogens on colon cancer risk. In his study, he attempted to find whether whole apiaceous (celery and parsnip) and cruciferous (cabbage, broccoli and watercress) could have an impact on colon cancer risk when animals are fed after carcinogenic toxicant metabolism. Kim is advised by Dr. Dan Gallaher and former FSCN professor Dr. Sabrina Trudo.

Zhang's research is titled "Validation of two brief questionnaires designed to assess fruit and vegetable intake among 3rd-5th grade SNAP-Ed participants". He research examined the performance of two brief fruit and vegetable intake questionnaires in terms of test-retest reliability, convergent validity and sensitivity. These two questionnaires had been used in the outcome evaluation of the UMN Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) among youth across Minnesota. She is advised by Dr. Marla Reicks.

All finalists will compete in a poster competition to be held Saturday, April 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Sails Pavilion of the San Diego Convention Center.  Grand prize winners in more than 16 research areas will be identified and receive travel awards.

The Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition is being organized by ASN’s Research Interest Sections, Global Nutrition Council and Medical Nutrition Council and sponsored by PepsiCo.