Kannapolis Scholars Overview

A group of 30 faculty members from eight universities in North Carolina will serve as mentors to the Kannapolis Scholars. The mentors represent multiple disciplines of food science, nutritional science, plant science, animal science, microbiology, biochemistry and metabolomics. Thirteen faculty are resident on the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis while 18 faculty are located on the associated university campuses.

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Research Opportunities for the Kannapolis Scholars with the Eight Collaborating Universities

Appalachian State University (ASU) – The ASU Human Performance Laboratory investigates the influence of unique plant molecules, such as flavonoids, on age-related loss of muscle mass, muscle mitochondrial biogenesis and exercise-induced changes in immune function, oxidative stress and inflammation. The laboratory is fully equipped to measure human metabolic responses to varying exercise workloads under specified nutritional conditions.

Duke University – Duke University’s Translational Medicine Institute focuses on speeding the movement of new therapies from the research laboratory to patients who need them most. The Institute strives to streamline the process for getting diagnostic technologies, prevention efforts and therapies into the hands of physicians and other healthcare providers. As part of this focus, the Institute is leading the $35 million M.U.R.D.O.C.K. Study, which has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by finding ways to match treatment to a patient’s genetic profile.

N.C. A&T State University – N.C. A&T State University’s Center of Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies (CEPHT) conducts cutting-edge research in postharvest technologies and food science. CEPHT’s goal is to develop multidisciplinary programs focused on postharvest technologies including research pertaining to processing, preservation, consumer research, recovery of health-promoting food components, food safety issues, storage stability and quality, and value-added product development for food and non-food uses.

N.C. Central University – North Carolina Central University’s Nutrition Research Program conducts groundbreaking work on Zebrafish and rodent cancer models to advance knowledge of human nutrition at the cellular and genetic level. This program complements and strengthens the metabolomics and genomics focus of the other N.C. Research Campus partners.

N.C. State University – The N.C. State Plants for Human Health Institute is part of an integrated effort across the N.C. Research Campus to utilize emerging technologies for plant improvement and human health benefits. Staffed by the N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the role of the Institute is to develop a new generation of fruits and vegetables which are pharmacologically active at dietary levels of intake, and to investigate medicinal plant resources from around the globe which may have a place in the future American marketplace. Researchers use advanced scientific tools to gain new insight into cellular processes, and then translate these breakthroughs through genomics and plant breeding into plants with desired traits.

UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) – Using advanced genomic and metabolomic biotechnology, the Nutrition Research Institute develops innovative approaches to understanding the role of diet and activity in brain development, cancer prevention, and prevention and treatment of obesity. The Institute studies individual metabolic variations to develop nutrition solutions that are targeted to an individual, allowing healthcare professionals to provide patient-specific treatment.

UNC Charlotte (UNCC) – UNC Charlotte’s Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC) defines bioinformatics as the “discovery, development and application of novel computational technologies to help solve important biological problems.” On the N.C. Research Campus, BRC provides specialized computer systems and software, data management solutions and analysis for academic researchers and biotechnology companies. In this role, BRC offers sophisticated computational support in the design and development of new research and technologies.

UNC Greensboro (UNCG) – The UNC Greensboro Center for Research Excellence in Bioactive Food Components on the N.C. Research Campus is a satellite of the Department of Nutrition, School of Human Environmental Sciences on the UNCG main campus. The focus of the Center’s research is to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms of action in bioactive food components and the molecular targets for these dietary components. The Center also focuses on expanding the fundamental understanding of these components and their benefits to human health and wellness, healthy aging and prevention of diseases such as cancer.

David H. Murdock Research Institute – The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) is a nonprofit foundation located in the N.C. Research Campus David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building, which houses more than $150 million in state-of-the-art scientific equipment for genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, nuclear magnetic resonance microscopy, histochemistry, cell culture and transgenics research, including an on-site vivarium.

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