Lab Members

Fawaz G. Haj, Ph.D.Picture of Fawaz Haj
Professor, Department of Nutrition
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Phone: (530)752-3214
Web/CV:  faculty website


Ming-Fo Hsu, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist
Phone: (530)752-5611


Amy Parkhurst
Graduate Student


Grace LeBleuPhoto of Grace LeBleu
Graduate Student
Grace has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Framingham State University in Food and Nutrition with a Concentration in Dietetics. She participated in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Framingham State University, where she completed her dietetic internship and became a registered dietitian nutritionist.


Ulrik MjaasethPhoto of Ulrik Mjaaseth
Graduate Student
Ulrik completed his bachelor’s in Nutrition Science at Utah State University. His undergraduate research focused on bacterial mitotic activity in dairy products. Also, he researched the impact of methyl vitamin consumption in the maternal diet and the effects on offspring phenotypes.


Former Lab Members

Photo of Lizbeth FloresLizbeth Flores
Graduate Student


Aline Mello
Aline Mello

Former Graduate Student
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Shinichiro Koike, Ph.D.
Former Postdoctoral Fellow



Daniel Aboubechara
Former Graduate Student
Current Position: Medical Student, UC Davis Medical School


Ahlam Abdulaziz Al-Ahmadi , Ph.D.
Former Visiting Scientist
Current Position: Assistant Professor, King Abdulazis University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Santana Bachaalany
Former Undergraduate Student Researcher



Jesse Bakke
Former Graduate Student
Current Position: Postdoc, S. Jude Cancer Center


Ahmed Bettaieb, Ph.D.
Former Assistant Researcher
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Web/CV:  faculty website


Kamil Borkowski
Former Visiting Graduate Student
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Copenhagen


Mazin Boushakra, B.Sc.
Former Undergraduate Student Researcher: October 2008 – May 2009
Current Position: Pharmacist


Silvia Cetrullo, Ph.D.
Former Visiting Scholar: January 2011 – May 2011
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Bologna, Italy


Nicole Coggins
Graduate Student rotation


Aileen Cuo, B.Sc.
Former Undergraduate Student Researcher


Sana Dib, B.Sc.sana-dib
Former Undergraduate Student Researcher: September 2009 – June 2010
Current Position: Nutritionist at Nestle Inc.


Sheila Ganti B.Sc.
Graduate Student rotation


Ellen Hosein
Former Undergraduate Student Researcher



Yoshihiro Ito, M.D., Ph.D.
Former Postdoctoral Fellow


Miryung Kim, Ph.D.
Former Visiting Scholar


Siming Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
Former Assistant Project Scientist: 2008-2013
Current Position: Junior Specialist, School of Veterinary Medicine, Molecular Biosciences, University of California, Davis


Kosuke Matsuo M.D., Ph.D.
Former Postdoctoral Fellow: May 2007- March 2010
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan


Isumi Matsuo, M.Sc.
Former Lab Manager: Sept 2007 – March 2010
Current Position: Research Assistant, Department of Microbiology, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan


Ramzi Melhem, M.D.
Former Postdoctoral Fellow: May 2010 – August 2011
Current Position: Clinical trials coordinator


Naoto Nagata, Ph.D.
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Kanazawa University Brain-Liver Interface Medicine Research Center, Japan
Web/CV:  faculty website


Mayuko Nishi
Former Postdoctoral Fellow


Zola Petkovic, B.Sc.
Former Undergraduate Student Researcher: November 2007 – December 2008
Current Position: Research Coordinator and Medical Assistant, Medical Practice


George Tabet, Ph.D.
Former Visiting Scholar
Current Position: Resident at American University of Beirut


Melissa Warda
Former Undergraduate Student Researcher


Ambrose Williams B.Sc.
Graduate Student Rotation


Yannan Xi
Former Graduate Student
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley