Hometown: Beijing, China
Degree pursuing: PhD in Nutrition
Adviser: Dr. Chi Chen
What is your research focus?
My research is focusing on LC-MS-based metabolomics, which is the identification and quantitation of metabolites involved in metabolic reactions using an LC-MS system. I am currently working on three projects - discovering the metabolic impacts of chronic green tea polyphenols intake on humans, the roles of antimicrobials in growth promotion of pigs, and the modulation of gut microbiota by opioids.
How did you become interested in nutrition?
I got my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Environmental Sciences before I started studying nutrition. My research was about environmental toxicology, and one of my research projects was about identifying toxic chemicals in food contacting materials. It was since this project I became interested in nutrition.
Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
I was doing chemical analysis of small molecules using an LC-MS system, which is also the instrument my current lab is using. I chose my current lab because I believed that I could learn more about nutrition here and my hands-on experience in LC-MS system would also help me with my research here.
How does your research tie into the research being done in your adviser's lab?
My advisor's lab conducts mechanistic investigations on the metabolic changes induced by dietary, chemical, microbial, and pathophysiological challenges mainly through mass spectrometry-based untargeted metabolomics, and I am working on the ongoing projects of my advisor's lab.
I would like to be a post-doc after I get my PhD degree, and then finally find a faculty position.