Global Food

Sixteen graduate students named MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures graduate fellows

Sixteen graduate students who are working toward either their master’s or doctoral degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM); the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS); or the School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Minnesota were recently awarded fellowships from Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) for the 2019-2020 school year. MnDRIVE is a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota that aligns areas of research strength with the state’s key and emerging industries to address grand challenges.

Global Food Ventures has three research focus areas: Precision agriculture, informatics and crop/animal health, and food safety innovations focused on multiple dimensions of food safety, including animal and human health. Through this fellowship program, the students from CVM, CFANS, and SPH will seek solutions to the increasingly evident challenges posed by food insecurity and population growth.

Below is the list of recipients:

Julia Adamchick, DVM, PhD Student
Advised by Andres Perez, DVM, PhD
Dairy farm systems trade offs between producer goals, the public, animal health, and food safety.

Yuni Choi, PhD Student
Advised by David Jacobs, PhD, and Nicole Larson, PhD, MPH, RDN
Sustainable and nutritionally rich plant-centered diet and long-term risk of cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.

Jessica Deere, MPH, PhD Student
Advised by Tiffany Wolf, DVM, PhD, and Dominic Travis, DVM, MS
Assessing the impact of contaminants of emerging concern on subsistence fish.

Grace Dewi, PhD Student
Advised by Anup Kollanoor Johny, MVSc, PhD
Investigating the potential of phytobiotics and probiotics to improve the microbial safety of turkeys.

April Estrada, PhD Student
Advised by Connie Gebhart, PhD
Serological Typing and Genotyping of Streptococcus suis in the United States.

Ryan Gavin, PhD Student
Advised by Bruce Alexander, PhD
Exploring the relationship between land use, soil type, and climate on the prevalence of cryptosporidium.

Grant Hedblom, PhD Student
Advised by David Blaumler, PhD
Isolation and characterization of segmented filamentous bacteria from turkey.

Qingqing Mao, MS Student
Advised by Chi Chen, PhD
Improving intense light technology by distinguishing the wavelengths for bactericidal activity and the wavelengths causing protein degradation in powdered food via metabolomic acid and chemometric analysis.

Eric Middleton, PhD Student
Advised by George Heimpel, MS, PhD, and Ian MacRae, MS, PhD
Floral plantings in agroecosystems: preserving pollinators and predators and promoting biological control of pests.

Gabriel Paiao, MS, PhD Student
Advised by Fabian Fernandez, MS, PhD
Nitrogen management in Minnesota as influenced by soil drainage and tillage.

Mateus Peiter, MS, PhD Student
Advised by Marcia Endres, DVM, MS, PhD
Feeding behavior as a predictor of disease in group-housed preweaned dairy calves fed with automated milk feeders.

Zelmar Rodriguez, DVM, PhD Student
Advised by Luciano Caixeta, DVM, PhD, and Gerard Cramer, DVM, DVSc
Impact of hyperketonemia on productive parameters and in the current and subsequent lactation and effectiveness of screening control measures in dairy cows.

Sam Rowe, MVM, PhD Student
Advised by Sandra Godden, DVM
Management on intramammary infections in late lactation cows in an era of judicious antimicrobial use.  

Joseph Servadio, PhD Student
Advised by Craig Hedberg, PhD
Public Health consequences of foodborne Listeriosis.

Zenith Tandukar, MS, PhD Student
Advised by James Anderson, PhD
Advancing food production and sustainability in Minnesota agriculture with high yielding and high oil Pennycress.

Anh Tran, PhD Student
Advised by William Hutchinson, MS, PhD
Understanding spotted-wing drosophila overwintering and migration capabilities.

The 16 student fellows will participate in professional development activities and events that will improve their understanding of our interconnected food systems and help them to better envision how their expertise can ensure food security, reduce food loss, limit the impact of infectious diseases on production, improve food safety, and protect the environment through alternative agricultural practices.

These students make up the seventh group of global food graduate fellows. During the course of their awards, they will participate in activities designed to build their skills in communications, collaboration, and problem solving along with pursuing individual research projects.