Our Researchers

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Andy Benson·Food for Health Presidential Chair and Director, Nebraska Food for Health Center
·Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology

Benson’s research group studies the complex sets of host and dietary factors that collectively influence composition and function of the gut microbiome.

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James Schnable·Center for Plant Science and Innovation
·Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative
·Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

James Schnable's research group at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln works on developing new methods to combine information from corn, sorghum, and related orphan crops and wild species to identify genetic changes that alter crop traits important to farmers and food traits important to consumers.

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Tom Clemente·Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology, Center for Plant Science Innovation
·Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

The Clemente laboratory is a state-of the-art plant transformation facility that targets the introduction of genetic variation for novel input and output traits in the major commodity crops pertinent to the state of Nebraska, including maize, sorghum, soybean and wheat.

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Robert Hutkins·Khem Shahani Distinguished Professor of Food Science, Department of Food Science and Technology

The Hutkins Lab studies bacteria important in human health and in fermented foods. The lab is particularly interested in understanding how diet and dietary food components influence the bacteria that reside in the gastrointestinal tract. The main goal is to understand and predict how diet-induced shifts in the microbiota ultimately influence human and animal health.

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Devin Rose·Associate Professor, Departments of Agronomy and Horticulture and Food Science and Technology

In the Rose lab we apply our expertise in cereal chemistry with an emphasis on carbohydrates and nutrition to determine the importance of whole grains and dietary fibers in the diet. We believe that part of the key to unlocking the benefits of whole grains and dietary fibers lies in understanding how these materials interact with the bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract.

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Jacques Izard·Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology

As the health status of the population is getting more complex, my laboratory focuses on the interaction of our microbiome with diet and how this interaction impacts wellness. We use culture-dependent and -independent methods to understand the impact of the digestive tract bacteria in health and disease such as cancer.

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Jeffrey A. French·Varner Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology
·Director: Callitrichid Research Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha

My research focuses on the neuroendocrine regulation of social behavior, stress, and cognition in marmosets, an important translational primate model for human behavior and mental health.

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Amanda Ramer-Tait·Project Leader, Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases
·Assistant Professor, Food Science & Technology

Research interests in the Ramer-Tait laboratory center on the dynamic interactions between the mucosal immune system and intestinal microbial communities. Current research projects are aimed at understanding how host-microbial interactions in the gastrointestinal tract contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic, inflammatory diseases, including inflammatory bowel diseases and obesity.

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Jennifer Clarke·Director of the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative
·Associate Professor, Department of Statistics

Dr. Clarke's research interests encompass statistical methodology (with an emphasis on high dimensional and predictive methods), statistical computation, bioinformatics/computational biology, multi-type data analysis, data mining/machine learning, and bacterial genomics/metagenomics (gut function initiative).

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Tricia LeVan·Director, Facility for Mutation of Methylation Analysis
·Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Levan's research interests include:  genomic medicine, genetic epidemiology, gene by environment interactions in COPD and asthma, functional genomic studies, and genetic and epigenetic influences of pathogen colonization in the lung.

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Corrine Hanson·Associate Professor, Medical Nutrition Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Biography and research information coming soon.

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Siddappa Byareddy·Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Long-term goals of my laboratory are to participate in efforts to set up well-controlled clinical cohorts and in tandem with testing the outcome in relevant animal models as a synergistic platform for preclinical development of vaccines.

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Stephen Kachman·Investigator, Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics
·Professor and BORC Biostatistics Coordinator, Department of Statistics

My research is focused on the development and application of statistical methodology in the area of statistical genomics. Currently I'm working on methodology on incorporating genomic information, primarily in the form of SNP genotypes, into national beef cattle evaluation (Matthew Spangler, Department of Animal Science).

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Samodha Fernando·Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics
·Assistant Professor, Nutritional Biochemistry

My research interests are in understanding microbial structure-function relationships to improve human and animal nutrition.

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Etsuko Moriyama·Professor, School of Biological Sciences

I am interested in bioinformatics, molecular evolution, and molecular population genetics. Owing to many genome projects, almost infinite amount of molecular data is becoming available. They are filled with evolutionary footprints.

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David Hyten·Haskins Professor in Plant Genetics and Associate Professor, Soybean Genetics/Genomics

My lab is focused on taking basic genetic and genomic discoveries in soybean and translating those discoveries into applied methods that can be used for the real-world improvement of soybean varieties. The program focuses specifically on improving agronomically important traits such as drought tolerance and response to water abundance.

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Edgar Cahoon·Director, Plant Science Innovation
·George W. Holmes Professor of Biochemistry

The Cahoon lab conducts basic and applied research on plant lipid metabolism. The goals of our research are to enhance the nutritional and industrial value of crop plants and to probe the synthesis and function of bioactive lipids for nutritional biofortification and improved agronomic performance of crops.

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