Food and Nutrition - Graduate Specialization
Grant and Research Activity
Dr. Anderson, Associate Professor, has worked with NASA to develop food safety plans for long duration space missions and conducts research on food safety education.
In addition, she studies post-harvest physiological changes leading to the development and reversal of the hard-to-cook defect in legume seeds.
Dr. Houston, Associate Professor, conducts clinical and basic research on the nutritional regulation of the insulin-like growth factor proteins. In addition, she studies the effects of nutrients and food nutraceuticals on apoptosis and other cellular processes related to cancer chemoprevention, as well as zinc deficiency and toxicity.
Dr. Kim, Associate Professor, conducts research on the nutritional status and nutrient intakes of the elderly and the relationship between body weight and blood biochemical parameters. She also studies public health nutrition, vegetarianism, and service learning in dietetics and higher education.
Dr. Pobocik, Associate Professor, conducts research on community nutrition, diet assessment, and breastfeeding. She also studies school-based nutrition education, children’s nutrition, food pattern formation, and weight management.
Dr. Williford, Associate Professor, conducts research on factors affecting the nutritional status of the elderly and nutrition education programs for the elderly. He also studies the vitamin and mineral status in athletes and phytochemicals. Dr. Williford is currently the Director of the Consortium for Innovative Food Science and Nutrition Research.