Interdepartmental Nutrition Program (INP) and Fuqua Graduate Student Seminar Series

Fall 2021

All Seminars are Fridays, 10:30 am, Beering 2290 (unless otherwise noted)

Interdepartmental Nutrition Program Seminar

The Interdepartmental Nutrition Program (INP) is structured to offer excellent educational opportunities to qualified graduate students through an integrated approach involving faculty from a variety of departments at Purdue University and other institutions.  This seminar series is supported by funds from Interdepartmental Nutrition Program affiliated departments.

Fuqua Graduate Student Seminar

The Fuqua Graduate Student Seminar Series in Nutrition Science is named in memory of the life and career of Dr. Mary Fuqua. Dr. Fuqua served as a faculty member in Nutrition Science (formerly the Department of Foods and Nutrition) at Purdue University from 1963 to 1987. During her tenure, she held positions as Department Head, Associate Dean of Home Economics Extension, and Associate Dean of (the former) School of Consumer and Family Sciences. Naming this seminar series in memory of Dr. Fuqua is fitting as she was passionate about giving high-quality presentations and teaching this important skill to her students and colleagues.

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Fall 2021 Seminars 

September 3

Intergenerational Effects of Poor Iron Status
Laura Murray-Kolb, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Head, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University

September 10

Physiological and Molecular Underpinning of Metabolism, Diet, and Ageing
Hongxia Ren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Indiana University

*September 17

Perceptual Quality Spectrum of Non-esterified Fatty Acid with Incremental Chain-Length
Eunjin Cheon
Graduate Student, Interdepartmental Nutrition Program, Purdue University

September 24 Nutrition Support in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: Current Evidence and Opportunities for Growth
Brandon Kistler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Health Science, Ball State University
October 1 Break
October 8 Region-Specific Impact of Diet on the Gut Microbiota
Kristina Martinez-Guryn, Ph.D., RD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Midwestern University

*October 15

Determining the Role of the Gut Microbiota in the Obesity-Colorectal Cancer Link
Audrey Goldbaum
Graduate Student, Interdepartmental Nutrition Program, Purdue University

October 22

Social Science, Social Exclusion, and Food Environments Through Two Case Studies: People Living with HIV in Peri-Urban Tanzania and Resettled Refugees in Urban U.S.
Crystal Patil, Ph.D.
Professor/Department Head, Department of Human Development Nursing Science, University of Illinois-Chicago

October 29


Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Disease Research:  New Discoveries and Approaches for Addressing Complex Scientific Questions
Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., RDN
Evan Pugh University Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University


November 5


Food as Medicine
Candida Rebello, Ph.D., RD
Research Scientist, Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center


November 12

Saliva and Sensation
Cordelia Running, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University

*November 19

Chemopreventive Effects and Mechanisms of Delta-Tocotrienol (𝛿TE) in a Mouse Model Bearing Key Genetic Mutations Resembling Sporadic Colorectal Cancer
Suji Im
Graduate Student, Interdepartmental Nutrition Program, Purdue University

November 26

 Thanksgiving Break (no class)

December 3 Biogeochemical and Paleopathological Applications to the Study of Prehistoric Human Dietary and Health Patterns in California
Melanie Beasley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University
December 10 Harnessing the Anti-Inflammatory Potential of Anthocyanin-Containing Foods: Role of Gut Bacteria
Lavanya Reddivari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Purdue University

*Fuqua Graduate Seminar

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