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UMass Amherst nutrition scientist David Sela receives NIH grant to advance understanding of beneficial microbiomes in babies

David Sela, a nutrition scientist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $1.69 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how nitrogen in human milk is used by beneficial microbes in the infant gut to potentially play an important role in pediatric nutrition and development.

CNS News September 2,  2021.

Six UMass Amherst Faculty Recognized Among 2020 World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers

McClements is internationally known for his cutting-edge work in food design and nanotechnology, including encapsulating nutraceuticals in nanoparticles to preserve nutrients. Xiao’s lab focuses on molecular mechanisms and interactions of possible disease-preventing nutraceuticals to enhance nutrient bioavailability through food processing and nanotechnology, among other topics. News & Media Relations December 3, 2020

Food scientist receives a $434,215 grant from the USDA to develop a solution for cleaning peanut butter off food processing equipment

University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist Lynne McLandsborough has received a $434,215 grant from the USDA to develop an oil-based system to clean and sanitize food processing equipment without water, reducing the high risk for Salmonella contamination associated with nuts. CNS News August 5, 2020

Food scientist’s study finds that food additives commonly found in sweets causes an imbalance of gut microbiota in mice

A common food additive, recently banned in France but allowed in the U.S. and many other countries, was found to significantly alter gut microbiota in mice, causing inflammation in the colon and changes in protein expression in the liver, according to research led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist. CNS News June 30, 2020

 

USDA funds UMass FUEL program which provides undergrads with research and internship experience

Students conducting experiments in food science lab.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Food Science has been awarded a five-year, $482,549 grant to fund an experiential learning program for undergraduates, including independent research opportunities with faculty mentors and paid summer internships with industrial partners in the greater Boston area. 

CNS News July 17, 2020

 

 

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