Post-doctoral Scholars

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. 


Baidya Nath P. Sah

After Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Food Technology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Dr. Sah completed his Ph.D. in Food Sciences and Technology (2016) at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Todor Vasiljevic, Dr. Osaana N. Donkor, and Dr. Sandra McKechnie. His doctoral project was focused on identification of bioactive peptides produced in synbiotic yogurt with anticancer properties. He has expertise in dairy technology, probiotics, prebiotics, peptide purification, digestion simulation and cell culture. His current work in the Dallas lab mainly focuses on gut health-promoting activities of biologically active molecules from human milk in term and preterm infants. Away from research, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Deepa, and lovely kids– Eva and Era.


Jiraporn Lueangsakulthai

Jiraporn completed her B.Sc. (first class honors) in Biochemistry in Khon Kaen University. She completed her PhD in Biochemistry in 2018 at Khon Kaen University in Thailand mentored by Professor Sompong Klaynongsruang and Dr. Sarah E. Maddocks from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK. Her PhD work was funded by the RGJ-PhD Thailand research fund and The Newton Fund from the British Council. Her PhD thesis work focused on antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activities from Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) hemoglobin hydrolysate. She has expertise in biochemistry and microbiology (microbial killing mechanisms). In Dr. Dallas’s lab, Jiraporn is studying milk protein digestion in term infants and the release of bioactive peptides with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

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Bum-Jin Kim

Bum-Jin Kim completed his MS (2013) and Ph. D. (2018) in the Graduate School of Analytical Science and Technology at the Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea under the supervision of Prof. Hyun-Joo An and Dr. Jong-Soon Choi. His doctoral research focused on comprehensive characterization of glycoconjugates from biological sources (human and animal body fluids and tissues), site-specific profiling of glycopeptides, and structural elucidation of glycans by tandem MS. He has expertise in MS-based glycomics and experience in the operation, maintenance, trouble-shooting, and data processing for MALDI-TOF/TOF MS and LC/Q-TOF MS. In Dr. Dallas's lab, Bum-Jin Kim is working on method development for the enrichment of intact glycopeptides from human milk, gastric, intestinal and stool samples and optimization of analytical conditions of the nano LC Orbitrap MS for glycopeptides analysis.

Graduate Students

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.

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Anahi Torres-Pimentel

Anahi is a freshman at Oregon State University majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  with an option in Pre-Medicine. She hopes to attend medical school after OSU and become a pediatrician. She is part of the STEM leaders program at OSU which enabled her work in the lab as a freshman. She is excited to be able to work in the Dallas lab and gain knowledge about how research is conducted.

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Quinn McAlpine Handley

Quinn is a junior at Oregon State University majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He joined the lab in 2018 to construct a working prototype for a glucose delivery system directed at preterm infants. Quinn is excited to work in the lab and apply his knowledge and skills to solve cross-disciplinary problems.

Previous Students and Visiting Scientists

Soeren Drud Nielsen, as a post-doctoral scholar. Currently a post-doctoral scholar at Århus University, Department of Food Science 

Melinda Spooner, PhD student at Oregon State University

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