Post-doctoral Scholars

Søren Drud Nielsen

Søren completed his MS in 2011 in the Department of Food Science at Aarhus University in Denmark with Professor Lotte Bach Larsen to determine whether casein peptides could improve wound healing in and intestinal tissue model of inflammatory bowel disease. He then completed his PhD in Food Science at Aarhus under Ass. Prof. Jette F. Young on determining whether milk components induce ANGPTL4, a protein that controls fat uptake, with potential impact on metabolic syndrome. Søren then went on to one year of post-doctoral research under Prof. Lotte Bach Larsen using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry techniques to determine the extent of proteolytic side activity of commercial lactase enzyme preparations. In Dr. Dallas's lab, Søren is using mass spectrometry, bioinformatics and statistics to examine protein digestion in infants.  


Veronique Demers-Mathieu

After a B. Sc. in Food Science with a major in Chemistry (2009) and a M. Sc. in Biochemistry (2011) at Laval University (QC, Canada), Dr. Demers-Mathieu completed a Ph.D. in Food Microbiology and Molecular Medicine (2015) at Laval University under the supervision of Dr. Daniel St-Gelais at Food Research and Development/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. At the end of her Ph.D., Veronique also completed research in the Dr. Andre Marette’s lab at Quebec Heart and Lung Institute (CRIUCPQ). Her doctoral thesis work was focused on viability, technological and anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity properties of new probiotic strains in dairy products. She has expertise in microbiology (microbiome) and proteomics/peptidomics of milk. In Dr. Dallas's lab, Veronique is developing an expertise in infant digestion and is studying milk protein digestion and its effects on the microbiome, microbial metabolism and gut inflammation. 

Graduate Students

Melinda Spooner

Melinda is a first year Ph.D. student with a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her passion for studying food allergies began when her daughter became afflicted with many allergic conditions soon after birth. While food allergies can be somewhat mysterious, she believes that we can build a better understanding of them through research and improved public health communication. Through her Ph.D. research in the Nutrition Program at OSU, she hopes to examine the causes of dairy allergies by tracking dairy protein digestion and absorption. In addition, Melinda is interested in improving communication of this scientific information to non-scientists.

Robert Beverly

Robert is a first year Ph.D. student in Nutrition. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Chemistry and is looking forward to applying his background in chemistry and biochemistry to nutrition research. His research focus is examining cheeses for novel bioactive peptides using mass spectrometry and bioinformatics. Robert is interested in a variety of cheeses including those not typically found in the American diet.

Faculty Research Associate

Yunyao Qu

Yunyao (Yuki) graduated from UC Davis in Food Science in Spring of 2016 and is now working in the Dallas lab as a faculty research associate. She is interested in applying food chemistry analytical techniques to examine food proteins and their relationship to gut health. She has been under the mentorship of Dr. Dallas since January 2015. She is currently working on isolating peptides from human milk and dairy whey permeate streams to test for antibacterial action and examining the effects of protein digestion on gut putrefaction in piglets.

Undergraduate Students

Ashley Victor

Ashley is sophomore at Oregon State University and is pursuing an Honors degree in Biology with an option in Pre-Medicine. After OSU, she hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. Her desire to help kids was what originally led her to the Dallas lab, and she is excited to gain valuable lab experience. She is excited to be working with the other undergraduates on a project to explore the common handling and storage of breast milk and how it effects the milk composition.  

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Anna-Liisa Sepp

Anna-Liisa is a second year undergraduate Bioengineering student at Oregon State University, and started working with Dr. Dallas in 2017. She is working to develop an IV glucose delivery system centered around preterm infants that responds to information collected directly from continuous glucose monitors. Anna-Liisa hopes to continue her education in biomedical engineering and research in this area.

Previous Students and Visiting Scientists

Co-mentored at UC Davis (under Bruce German): Megan Sanctuary, PhD student

Co-mentored at UC Davis (under Daniela Barile): Randall C. Robinson, PhD student

Co-mentored at UC Davis (under Bruce German): Junai Gan, PhD student

Coline Martine, visiting Masters student from Montpellier SupAgro agronomy school in Montpellier, France.

Niamh Murray, visiting graduate student for Fulbright Fellowship, University College Dublin, Foods for Health Ireland

Raissa Caminha, visiting student from Brazil, Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC) in Food Science and Techonology

Florine Citerne, visiting student from France

Christa Smink, visiting Masters student from Wageningen University

Meng Wang, visiting Masters student from Wageningen University

Shabnam HaghighatKhajavi, visiting Professor from Iran 

Saeid Abid, visiting Scientist from Iran

Sherry Xiaoqun Zeng, visiting Professor from China

Yuxing (Nancy) Guo, visiting Professor from China, Nanjing Normal University, Food Science and Technology

Previous undergraduate interns: Ashley Mulcahy, Haohan Gong, Hung-Hsi (Clayton) Lin, Anh Vo, Aashish Bhandari, Melissa Dyandra, Ali Van Zandt, Michelle Natalia, Michelle Mamesah, Sina Azartash, Amelia Joslin, Andrew Stearn, Eva Pearson, Evann Dufort, Greg Dubrovski, Neil Mehtani, Suki Wong, Sumandeep Kaur, Paul Wang, Lyndi-Rae Petty, Hanna Jantzi, Casey Collins, Carly Robertson, Honglip Park, Kelly Hollenbeck, Zoha Ahmad