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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...

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...

New Faculty: Andrew Neilson

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The interaction of the gut microbiome with human health is an emerging field in biology, nutrition and medicine.  With the addition of Andrew Neilson,...

New Faculty: Abdulkerim Eroğlu

Abdulkerim “Kerim” Eroğlu, PhD, set up his nutrigenomics lab at the NC Research Campus in August 2018 when he joined the Plants for Human Health...


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High School Culinary Student finds Recipe for Success

KANNAPOLIS, NC — For an eager culinary arts student, the challenge was intriguing: Find a palatable culinary use for watermelon concentrate. Samuel Jijon (Sammy), a...

Video: Equipping Tomorrow’s Workforce through P2EP

PHHI is proud to be a partner in the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project. This video features the research happenings of Kelsey Zielinski’s intern team, while...

Bowman leads PHHI-based STEM session at Grow Academy

North Carolina high school teachers have a unique new opportunity to gain hands-on experience in agriculture and life sciences education, thanks to NC State’s new...

Three new faculty enhance PHHI research effort

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Seating at weekly staff meetings is available on a first-come basis at the Plants for Human Health Institute  (PHHI), and recently it’s become a...

A new spin on Carrot Cake just in time for Easter

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Carrot cake may be on the menu for upcoming Easter celebrations, but you’ve probably never tried a carrot cake that has no...

Taking Sweet Potatoes Beyond the Thanksgiving Feast

A closer look at the benefits of phytochemicals and the promise of functional food ingredients Like many other holiday foods, sweet potatoes are available year-round,...

PHHI funds five collaborative seed grants with $1 million

N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) recently awarded more than $1 million through a seed funding program to promote collaborative, transdisciplinary research...

Results Feature Article Reaps Award of Excellence

The feature article, Reaping a Healthy Harvest, recently won an Award of Excellence in the “Best Article of the Year” category at the southeast regional conference of...

Enjoy Every Bite of the Holidays

Enjoying holiday foods doesn’t mean you have to arrive at the New Year with weight gain, high cholesterol and blood sugar that tops the charts. Instead, make a plan that will help you enjoy every delicious bite of the holidays.

The Power of Blueberries (Today’s Dietitian)

Dr. Mary Ann Lila was featured in a Today's Dietitian article illustrating the powerful phytochemicals and health benefits associated with the blueberry. Studies suggest that blueberries can be effective against cancer, diabetes and neurocognitive diseases, as well as support heart health and memory.

PHHI Hiring Small Fruit/Vegetable Researcher

PHHI is hiring a faculty member to lead a genomics program in small fruits and/or vegetables. The successful candidate’s research will focus on genetics, genomics, germplasm improvement and breeding of small fruits (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.) and/or vegetable crops.

Duke Energy Foundation Grants $150K to P2EP

The Duke Energy Foundation has renewed their support of the North Carolina Research Campus-based, Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) with a contribution of $150,000.

PHHI Researchers Link Alaska Seaweed to Efficacy Against Diabetes, Obesity

PHHI scientists were featured in an Alaska Dispatch article highlighting their discovery of powerful health-promoting phytochemicals in seaweed. The findings suggest that seaweed may provide protection against conditions like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Reaping a Healthy Harvest: Results Cover Story

The latest issue of Results, published by N.C. State University's Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, features PHHI Director Dr. Mary Ann Lila on the cover. The story captures the spirit of Lila's work and the mission of the Plants for Human Health Institute.

PHHI Hiring Nutrition-related Extension Associate

PHHI is hiring for a nutrition-­related position with its N.C. Cooperative Extension team. The position will be responsible for creating a nutrition-­oriented program to develop research-based resources that educate people about the health-­promoting characteristics of plants.

Blueberry Benefits | Growing Magazine

Dr. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute, was featured in Growing Magazine's January 2014 issue.

PHHI Featured on UNC-TV

The Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), and director Dr. Mary Ann Lila, were featured on UNC-TV's "North Carolina Now" program.

Gene REG Seminar Series (March 6, 2014)

Dr. Steven Lommel, director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service and associate dean for research in N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), presents during the Gene REG Seminar Series at the N.C. Research Campus.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Mapping its Future

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning and planning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model, adapt accordingly to the current economic environment and devise a strategy going forward.

12th Annual Charlotte Life Sciences Conference (Oct. 24, 2013)

PHHI director, Dr. Mary Ann Lila, and colleagues will be presenting the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) during a session illustrating trans-disciplinary collaboration at the 12th Annual Charlotte Life Sciences Conference at UNC Charlotte.

N.C. State Program Awards Funding to Expand 20 Agricultural Businesses

The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, coordinated in part by the Plants for Human Health Institute's Extension component, has announced $311,938 in equipment cost share awards for 20 agricultural operations across the state.

N.C. State Announces Plans to Expand Farm Management Training

The North Carolina State University Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) will conduct four Farm Management Training Schools, patterned after the award winning “Piedmont Farm School,” in 2014-2015.

Where’s the Science? In the Lab, Field and Home

Why does research into plants and human health matter? The Plants for Human Health Institute developed a new interactive exhibit to provide answers to the important questions that sometimes puzzle the public.

Nutrithon Duathlon – 5K/8K Run (Sep. 7, 2013)

The 2013 Nutrithon Duathlon 5K and 8K run takes place September 7 at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Participants can enjoy the race around Kannapolis while engaging with cutting-edge science programs at the N.C. Research Campus.

N.C. State Scientists Searching for Salmonella

A team of North Carolina State University scientists is looking for Salmonella on tomatoes and around tomato production areas. What they find could help farmers grow tomatoes that have a decreased likelihood of carrying the harmful bacteria.

Researchers study impacts of cooking methods on blueberry benefits

In a scientific study, researchers with N.C. State's Plants for Human Health Institute measured the levels of health-promoting phytochemicals in blueberries after putting them through a variety of cooking methods. The results revealed a decline in certain compounds depending on cooking method.

Red, White and Blue: The Colors of Healthy Produce

The arrival of a vibrant variety of fresh produce signals the start of summer. And science has shown that the colors of fruits and vegetables say a lot about their health benefits.

PHHI Researchers Recognized with Awards

Three faculty and staff with N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) have been acknowledged for their respective efforts in 2013.

Whole Grains: Addressing the Challenges, Maximizing the Potential

Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh from the Plants for Human Health Institute is leading research on grains to provide new insights into how scientists can impact seed size, nutritional value and other traits valued by farmers and consumers.

2013 Berry Health Benefits Symposium (June 18-20, 2013)

The 5th Annual Berry Health Benefits Symposium, the only conference that focuses on berries and human health, is June 18-20, 2013, at the Embassy Suites in Concord, N.C. PHHI Director Dr. Mary Ann Lila will be the keynote speaker.

PHHI Initiates Biodiscovery Partnership in Malaysia

PHHI's Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky will make the first steps in establishing long-standing collaboration with the International Medical University of Malaysia (IMU). Ultimately, the project will focus on engaging scientists from developing countries in both local and global human health research.

Boosting Phyto-Benefits for Better Health and Longevity

Broccoli and blueberries are already tagged “super foods,” meaning they are more nutritious than most other fruits and vegetables. Yet, scientists with N.C. State's Plants for Human Health Institute are finding ways to boost their benefits.

North Carolina agriculture continues to grow

Agriculture and agribusiness — food, fiber and forestry — continue to grow in North Carolina, according to a new study from N.C. State University. The latest data values the N.C. agriculture industry at $77 billion, more than 17 percent of the state's total economy.

2013 Kannapolis Scholars Conference (July 26, 2013)

Each year the Kannapolis Scholars host a conference that brings together stakeholders to discuss the effectiveness and direction of current wellness research, initiatives and policies. They work to help provide connections and transdisciplinary solutions.

N.C. Research Campus Catalyst Group Symposium (April 15, 2013)

The N.C. Research Campus Catalyst Group is hosting a campus-wide research symposium on Monday, April 15, 2013. The event will feature guest speaker Dr. John Finley (USDA-ARS), a poster contest and panel discussions.

Agbiosciences drive economic growth, job creation in the Southern U.S.

Amid news of a still sputtering U.S. economic recovery, a report shows the nation’s agbioscience industries are growing, especially in the South. According to the study, agriculture, forestry and fisheries production generates $240 billion in regional economic activity within the Southern region and supports over 2.2 million jobs.

Video Provides Personal Look Into PHHI Director’s Research

PHHI director Dr. Mary Ann Lila researches the bioactive compounds found in plant foods like fruits and vegetables that are healthy for people to eat. Take a sneak peak into the "LilaLab" and the questions and goals that drive the research and continue to enhance human health.

Administrative Forum – N.C. Research Campus (Monthly)

A networking event for administrative professionals to become more familiar with its people and programs, the N.C. Research Campus Administrative Forum meets on the third Tuesdays of each month.

Plant Steroids Seminar (December 13, 2012)

Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky will present, "Nutrigenomic Modulation of Metabolic Diseases by Plant Steroids," at the N.C. Research Campus on December 13, 2012. Recent research from Komarnytsky's lab revealed that brassinosteroids found in food crops like broccoli, cabbage and mustard may increase muscle mass and physical performance.

PHHI Research, Extension Collaboration Wins Award

PHHI's Pack 'N Cool mobile refrigeration unit received a 2013 Blue Ribbon Extension Communication Award from the Southern Region of the American Society of Horticultural Science.

Kannapolis Events Calendar

From summer concerts in Village Park to the historic Gem Theatre’s Modern Film Fest, the downtown indoor farmers market and health and nutrition series at the North Carolina Research Campus, there are vast and eclectic entertainment options in Kannapolis.

New CALS Dean Richard Linton Tours PHHI

New College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Richard Linton toured the North Carolina Research Campus, including the Plants for Human Health Institute, on November 7, 2012.

Ecuadorian President Visits the N.C. Research Campus, PHHI

President Rafael Correa of the Republic of Ecuador and a delegation of ministers spent October 30, 2012, touring the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, including N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute.

N.C. Research Campus Calendar

The N.C. Research Campus and its partners offer events and activities year-round on campus, in downtown Kannapolis and in Village Park.

UNC Charlotte Life Sciences Conference 2012

This year's conference agenda focuses on the research, tools, technology and commercialization at the N.C. Research Campus. The conference is being held on Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) campus.

N.C. State Fair 2012

The 2012 North Carolina State Fair runs October 11-21 in Raleigh. The Plants for Human Health Institute will have a presence at this year's Fair, displaying the Pack 'N Cool mobile cooling unit.