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Mar 19, 2021

How Science is Building a Better Berry

Blueberries and cranberries are two of today’s “it” foods. “Tiny, but mighty,” describes the health protective potential of the little blueberry and cranberry. They’re lauded as nutrient-dense fruits that are… 

Feb 16, 2021

Powerful Nutrition that Lasts

NASA is curious about what Dr. Mary Ann Lila is up to in her lab at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute. The U.S. Army is, too. Ditto… 

Nov 12, 2020

Locals Find Satisfying Careers in Research

Scientists from all over the world–Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, China, Brazil–do research at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis. Their research helps people around the world… 

Jul 31, 2020

Lila recognized with Babcock-Hart Award

Jul 10, 2020

Marvin Moncada joins NC State’s efforts to advance plant-based foods.

Jan 15, 2020

Starting the Year Off with a “BAM”

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – NC State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is kicking off 2020 with the start of its first clinical research trial, the Blueberry Absorption Metabolism study, or “BAM.”… 

Dec 3, 2019

PHHI team lands $12.8 Million to improve fruit quality of Blueberry and Cranberry

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – With a long-term goal of improving blueberry and cranberry based on producer and consumer interests, NC State University scientists, Massimo Iorizzo, Mary Ann Lila and Penelope Perkins-Veazie, were… 

Oct 7, 2019

How Epigenetics Could Change How We Grow Food

To understand epigenetics, nutrition, and the work of Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh, it helps to begin long before he was even born, back during World War II. In fall of 1944,… 

Aug 9, 2019

A Nutritional Shift: This Metabolome Library Might Change Our Understanding of Food and Health

How do foods cause, prevent, or manage disease? Which ones are the most helpful? Our understanding of the connections between food and health has been fairly rudimentary. It’s involved reverse… 

Jun 20, 2019

Can a healthy diet combat the effects of pollution?

A diesel engine isn’t a typical piece of equipment found in a biology lab. But it’s just one of the unique lab instruments in the environmental toxicology lab of Giuseppe…