Ten graduate students have been awarded MnDrive Global Food Ventures fellowships for 2016-17. They are the fourth such group of Fellows, and during the course of their awards will participate in activities designed to help build their skills in communications and problem solving along with pursuing individual research projects. The students are working toward their master’s and Ph.D degrees from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; the College of Veterinary Medicine; and the School of Public Health.
This year’s Fellows and their research projects are:
Adriana Liceth Alvarez De la Hoz, “Microalgal Biofilm Growth on Agricultural Runoff: A Recycling System to Support Sustainable Food Supply.” Adviser: Rob Gardner, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and West Central Research and Outreach Center
Julie Hess, “Effects of white button mushrooms on satiety and gut health markers, specifically the ability of mushrooms to function as prebiotics and impact the gut microbiome.” Adviser: Joanne Slavin, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
Kari Wolf, “Evaluating the challenges and effectiveness of using industrial resins to strip nitrate from agricultural tile water under field conditions.” Adviser: Satish Gupta, Department of Soil, Water and Climate
Tyler Nigon, “Leveraging the advantages of both remote sensing and soil nutrient modeling to determine the optimum rate and timing of in-season nitrogen fertilizer in corn.” Advisers: Ce Yang and David Mulla, Department of Soil, Water and Climate and Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering.
Ryan Merry, “Improving soybean production for Minnesota growers by breeding soybeans to be tolerant to abiotic stresses.” Advisers: Aaron Lorenz and Robert Stupar, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Natalia Calixto Mancipe, “Study of Adsorption Behaviors of Fungal Spores for Control of Food Infection.” Adviser: Ping Wang, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Prabha Alturi, “Evaluation of Recalls of FDA-regulated products due to salmonella contamination.” Adviser: Craig Hedberg, School of Public Health
Melanie Firestone, “Enhancing food systems solutions through increasing access to healthy food options with a focus on food safety.” Advisers: Craig Hedberg and Melissa Laska, School of Public Health
Natalie Barnes, “Impact of Thermal Stress on Muscle Development in Turkeys.” Adviser: Kent Reed, Veterinary Biomedical Science
Fabian Chamba Pardo, “Epidemiology and Control of Influenza in Pig Populations.” Adviser: Montserrat Torremorell, Veterinary Population Medicine.